Not just reporting; practical help
Reporting on breaking tragedies is about much more than simply informing the world what’s going on. It’s about giving informational resources to the people who need it most. That’s where Google’s Person Finder comes in, a project that lets people search for or provide information on those involved in a tragedy. Today, Google created a special page for Boston marathon victims and their loved ones.
And it wasn’t just charities and technology companies providing real assistance to those in need. The Boston Globe created a Google form where Boston residents could offer their home to people from out of town who need a place to stay. And outlets like TIME helped Bostonians find places to donate blood.