JAMS students take in-depth look at hurricane devastation

On Aug. 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the middle Texas coast, drawing the attention of the world to an astonishing display of the storm’s power and the human suffering it wrought. But as the storm diminished, the so did media coverage, leaving the residents to cope with the aftermath in relative obscurity.

Now their stories are being told at “In Harvey’s Wake,” a multimedia collection including written stories, slideshows, a photo gallery and a documentary video on the Media Milwaukee student journalism website.

Led by instructors Jessica McBride and Jessie Garcia Marble, a team of 19 UWM Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies students traveled to the Gulf Coast of Texas to speak to residents about their experiences of the hurricane and the recovery process.

The trip was partially funded with a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation/Walter Jay and Clara Charlotte Damm Fund. The grant covered hotel rooms and part of the car rental fees. Students and instructors paid for their own airfare and food, and chipped in for car rental and gas.

This is the third major multimedia immersive reporting student project conducted by JAMS students for Media Milwaukee. Previous projects include a documentary about the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and a post-mortem of 2016 presidential election results in the upper Mississippi River Valley.

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