MFI Media Support Team
The MFI Media Support Team and MST Center exist to offer hospitality and a hand of friendship to the news crews. The Support Team, media professionals themselves, is on location with them, helping them cope with the emotional and physical challenges.
This is the need our MFI MST has met in past years. We’ve been on location in past years to support the Media covering such tragic events as the Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Katrina, and 9/11 in New York City and Washington DC as well as the Atlanta Olympic Bombing.
On March 22nd, 2014, our own community suffered incredible tragedy as a landslide took out the town of Oso, Washington , including major arterial US highway 530. The towns of Darrington and Arlington are also greatly affected. While those living in the Stillaguamish River Valley are known to be resilient and self sufficient, the sheer size of the disaster is hard to grasp. In this brief interview with CBS Evening News, Pastor Bob explains the gravity of the tragedy.
September 21, 2014 Pastor Bob has written an updated detailed report with more photos. CLICK HERE
September 8, 2014 Pastor Bob has returned safely from Israel. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Pastor Bob with CBN Staff
“These people are going to be changed forever. And we’ll always remember them,” he said. “That sounds really emotional and that sounds kind of cheesy but my life as a journalist is forever changed because just the size of the story and the impact this has had on these small communities. I’ll never forget this.”
Who is there to help the media?
The victims and first responders have many support teams who offer assistance, food, counseling, housing and encouragement.
There is another group however, in the trenches as well, but often overlooked.
The “Media” – the news crews, cameramen, reporters, anchors, technicians. They work under difficult circumstances. They are the first to the scene, the closest to the event – hearing the details of sorrow and anguish – feeling the emotion, fear and discomfort – yet, trying to remain professionally objective and coherent in spite of appalling trauma and disaster.
Their job is to gather the facts of the incident and report the news quickly, fairly and completely to the waiting world. And yet, the media are often seen as fixtures, as non-entities, even though behind the lens of their camera, the tears often flow. Their job is to gather the facts of the incident and report the news quickly, fairly and completely to the waiting world.
April 29th UPDATE: Aerial Photo courtesy of AP images
41 confirmed dead, 2 remain missing. Primitive roadway opens today, preventing
the 90 minute one way detour between Arlington and Darrington.
I had the honor of accompanying a selected group of reporters to the Oso mudslide site.
MFI’s MST has been on location at the Media Room in Arlington since last week, providing encouragement,
hospitality, coffee and snacks. READ MORE
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