When a 70-foot sinkhole opened up in Dunedin in the northern suburbs of Tampa, the collapse was not quite as spectacular as the disappearing stand of trees in the Louisiana Bayou that ABC's Matt Gutman reported on in August. In Dunedin, all to be seen were a cratered swimming pool and cracks in the seven homes that were evacuated -- essentially a local story not worthy of the national attention of the network newscasts. So what were ABC's Steve Osunsami and NBC's Janet Shamlian to do to make the sinkhole visually interesting? Both turned to their in-house computer graphic artists (ABC's Virtual View, NBC's News Animation) for an imaginary below-ground rendition of the collapsing rock. And both reran a clip of those trees in the bayou.
Thus they showed something similar that happened elsewhere, previously, to illustrate what this story might have looked like if something more catastrophic had happened.
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