Citizen journos took enduring Irene images
Many of the enduring images of Hurricane Irene were taken by ordinary citizens pulling their cameras out at the right moment.
CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason reports that citizen journalists became an important part of Irene's coverage.
As Irene threatened the Lower Bartonsvile Bridge in Vermont on Sunday, Susan Hammond grabbed her little flip camera and took a video, but she was running out of memory.
"I was frantically deleting old videos from my camera to open up space for it," Hammond says.
Then Hammond caught one of the defining images of the storm on the last bit of footage she had left.
Across the internet's social networks, the people who witness events increasingly are telling the story themselves.
On the photo site Flickr, Dylan Nord posted a memorable picture of the storm surge in Long Branch, New Jersey.
Bill Kurtz, a public school teacher took an incredible shot in West Haven, Conn., before being knocked over by a giant wave.
These citizen journalists often have an emotional attachment to their subjects.
Chris Dymek shot his sister's house in Manville, New Jersey.
In Vermont, Susan Hammond had grown up near that covered bridge, and said "It was devastating" to watch it get washed away.
Chris Schoenbohm said he put all the photos he took from the storm on Flikr, including a memorable one of dark clouds.
Eventually, however, the sun came out, and Irene came to an end.
- Nelson Mandela's health: Is it time to let go?
- 6/19: Federal Reserve raises predictions for growth; Russia not sold on nuclear warhead reduction
- Colo. senator who pushed for gun control may lose job
- Nuclear waste clean-up delayed and billions over budget
- Two teens stranded 8,000 feet up on cliff rescued by chopper
- Couple's steamy romance e-books save their home
- Innovative Ariz. class turns students' dreams into reality
- 6/18: Officials say NSA stopped over 50 potential terror attacks; Hi-tech giant creates next generation of Edisons
- Country music star Slim Whitman dies of heart failure
- Federal Reserve raises its predictions for growth and jobs
- Family of Frederick Douglass continues his legacy
- Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington descendent fights modern-day slavery
- American Medical Association declares obesity a disease
- Okla. tornado survivor finds dog buried alive under rubble
- In need of kidney to save wife, man takes to street
- World's vegetation seen in stunning satellite imagery