Miami Herald editor says “we’re here for the long haul” as research continues at Surfside



All day Sunday, the Miami Herald home page was dominated by a single uppercase word: “RESEARCH”.

Searches continued around the clock at the site of the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida. But media coverage on Sunday reflected that there is very little actual news to report. The cause of Thursday’s collapse is still unknown. The confirmed death toll is still relatively low and the catalog of missing persons is still incredibly high. So “SEARCH” is the current status, as families look for some reason, some reason, to keep hope.

“We first offer our condolences to the families and victims affected by this unimaginable tragedy,” Miami Herald editor-in-chief Monica Richardson said when I met her on Sunday. She said the Herald’s English-speaking and el Nuevo’s Spanish-speaking teams were working to cover the disaster through “words, pictures, videos, interactions and data.”

“This is our South Florida community and we have a responsibility to keep the community informed,” said Richardson. “It’s our responsibility and our mission. This is a newsroom that has covered Pulse and Parkland so they understand the pain. It’s hard and exhausting work, but we’re here for the long haul. This is a historic moment for the country and we are digging for answers and providing coverage like only a local news organization can. “

Latest Updates

– The latest # from Sunday night’s press conference: “A total of 134 people have been identified while 152 are still missing …” (CNN)
– Some family members were able to visit the debris site on Sunday. Relatives of missing resident Nicole Langsfeld “took turns shouting her name, hoping she would hear them under the rubble,” reports Faith Kamiri of CNN … (Twitter)
– “Some engineers are now concentrating near the bottom of the 13-story condo tower, where an initial failure could have triggered a structural avalanche …” (NYT)
– Senator Marco Rubio: “Please pray for miracles here in Surfside …” (Twitter)

– Some family members are “angry and frustrated,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told Wolf Blitzer on Sunday evening. Some still have hope while “others recognize that the odds are drawing near …”

Heroism gives hope in dark times

“Every Sunday when I walk to this studio, I pass a fire station,” John Dickerson told the end of “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “It’s quiet only early in the morning; firefighters and women spend the time having easy conversations or getting their gear ready. It’s almost as peaceful as it was in the middle of the night Thursday at the Champlain South towers, just before the building collapsed. . “

“This nightmare – coming at a time when we risk feeling the safest, asleep in our beds – has summoned police, paramedics and firefighters, like the ones I run into on my way to work every Sunday,” did he declare. “In an instant, this protective community rushed to put their lives in danger in the hope of saving the lives of others. Their heroism, in falling from rubble and live electric wires, gives hope in the dark times for families and the rest of us It’s way too big, all the angst and loss, and the reminder, even after a year and a half of the pandemic, of how thin the membrane separates us from the tragedy.

“It reminds me of those morning walks by the fire station,” Dickerson said, “not because these times are peaceful, but because even when the sirens don’t sound these men and women are still dedicated. every day to the value of life, to saving people they don’t know just because they’re human. The rest of us may never be faced with a time of acute danger when we may be. a hero, but we are all surrounded by humans every day to whom we can be generous, truly compassionate. In these tragic times, we feel our common human connection. We can honor these feelings by being like the first responders who recognize that connection human even after the end of the tragedy. “



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