"Newspapering" is no longer the strict job definition of USA Today correspondent Donna Leinwand, she told students at six universities in five Western states Monday.
As she covered the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Houston and Galveston, Leinwand traveled with a videographer through the devastated area.
“I’m a print journalist, the type with a notepad,” she said, waving her notepad at the TV cameras in the Club's broadcast studio that was Webcasting the forum.
“But we had a camera mounted to the front of the car, and I had a microphone as the photographer was driving down to Galveston,” she added. “I was giving running commentary that was running live on the Web so that people could see what I was seeing as I was seeing it.”
She described the rooftops blown off, the storm damage, the weather and what exit she was at.
“We had 6,000 people or so following along on the Web as I drove down the highway,” Leinwand said. “I had no idea if people would be interested in that kind of stuff. It seems that they are.”