We had a hectic day in the newsroom, starting at about 10:15 or 10:20 a.m. when an ammonia leak was reported at JBS (formerly known as Swift and Co.).
Our photographer, Brian Korthals, came in early to try and get some photos. I posted updates as quickly as I could, sometimes every 5-10 minutes, as new information came over the scanner.
Of course I have to be careful about scanner information, because it’s not confirmed and the situation on the ground can appear as one thing and later people will find out it’s something else. I made sure to include the word "reportedly" in some of the information so that people would know the situation was still developing.
But I stayed at my desk writing sentence-long updates the rest of the morning and put up a press release from the police after my lunch break. Then Julie had the complete story up in the afternoon.
And tomorrow we’ll have added material from the hospital and some other extras.
Sadly, I got nowhere with video, and I got entertainingly stuck in the Swift parking lot when a train came in.
Fortunately, everything else turned out well.