How The Media Will Report The Apocalypse

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

1. In early 2014, a series of devastating catastrophes bring about Armageddon. Papers of record like the New York Times soberly report this news. & Computer Earth

2. The Guardian tries to provide comprehensive live coverage of the end of days., Stokkete, Ilya Andriyanov, Jeff Thrower

3. Striving for balance, the BBC makes sure it also gives airtime to the views of the radioactive mutant zombies:

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4. The Daily Mail saw all this coming. & Ronald Sumners/Melkor3D/udra11

5. The Washington Post digs into the data.

6. Meanwhile, on the cable channels, Fox News is pretty sure it knows who to blame…

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7. …while MSNBC is pretty sure it knows who to blame.

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8. Reddit gets to work…

9. …but results are mixed. & Nemar74

10. There is brief hope, as The Times of London works out how to make it through alive. & katalinks

Unfortunately it’s behind a paywall so nobody sees it.

11. Of course, there’s still plenty of celebrity news to keep people occupied. & arindambanerjee / Getty Images

12. As always, Twitter is an up-to-date and reliable source of information. & Picsfive/REDAV

13. While Instagram is mostly #undeadselfies and asteroid sunsets. & Elisanth

15. Some sites try to find a fresh, thought-provoking angle on the news.

16. Others look for a positive message amidst the gloom.

17. And others mostly just criticise everybody else’s reaction to the end of the world. & Sarah Cheriton-Jones

18. Local newspapers focus on how the apocalypse is affecting their area. & 1000 Words/A_Sh/Halina Yakushevich

19. And for the few who have escaped the initial slaughter, thoughts turn to long-term survival.

20. Some things stay reassuringly familiar throughout the horror, though. For example, the “Shipping Forecast” is still broadcast on BBC Radio 4…

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21. …and naturally, NPR goes on a pledge drive.

22. BuzzFeed is basically still BuzzFeed… & Getty Images/val lawless/Tom Wang/Lana K + & as above

23. …while the Daily Express continues to focus on the really important issues.

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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