Earthquake trembles warehouse at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

"Clouds form over the warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Here’s my account of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that was just felt up and down the East Coast:

I was sitting at my desk in the Warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards scanning photographs from the 1960’s of former Orioles’ player Dick Brown, when we felt some shaking coming from upstairs. We work in a warehouse, so this type of noise is commonplace. The noise quickly got louder and louder, though, until the entire building was shaking violently. It was at that point when I heard the receptionist scream “Everybody out!” and we knew that was the cue to go. 

Everyone evacuated quickly and calmly, and we were out of the building within seconds. As we waited outside, nearly everyone was on their smartphones, tweeting, texting, and calling as word quickly spread that there were reports of the tremors as far north as Toronto. 

It was incredible to see how rapidly the Twitter world exploded! Within seconds there were reports coming in from all over the world. Behold, the power of social media. 

Feel free to share your experiences here if you’d like. 

Haitian journalist cites shortcomings of American media


"Mr. Joel Dreyfuss, Managing Editor of 'The Root,' collects his thoughts before delivering a lecture on media coverage of the crisis in Haiti at Goucher College Tuesday, March 1, 2011."

Mr. Joel Dreyfuss, Managing Editor of The Root, an online magazine published by The Washington Post providing news and commentary from varying black perspectives, spoke at Goucher College last week about media coverage following last year’s earthquake in Haiti.

He addressed several shortcomings of American media, most of which he said were exemplified through coverage of this crisis.

Dreyfuss’ main talking point was that reporters and large media outlets didn’t take enough into account the complex history and culture of Haiti and its people. He mentioned how most journalists who were sent to Haiti were briefed with ten-page packets merely containing the most important moments in Haitian history. Because of this limited knowledge of history, stories that touched on more deep-seated, longstanding issues were missed.

I had dinner with Mr. Dreyfuss before his lecture, and he asked us if we were sure that we wanted to go into the field of journalism. We all nodded our heads in assent, yet after listening to him speak about all the problems journalism has today, I was a bit confused. I reminded him of that question he asked at dinner, and I asked him what he would advise for a young person who wants to address those problems?

I appreciated his answer, which was simple, honest and realistic. He said that for the most part, those who have worked in the media for years are jaded, and that journalism needs youth and enthusiasm.

He summed his answer up in two words: “Do it.”