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Cell Sets Fire to Pillow, Story Sets Fire to TV Station Website

A news report about a small fire with no injuries took the internet by storm last week. The question is why.

The story is about a Dallas area teen who says her cellphone caught fire beneath her pillow as she slept

The teen went to sleep with her Samsung Galaxy S4 under her pillow and awoke to a smouldering mess, according to KDFW, a Dallas-Fort Worth Fox affiliate. The father of the teen told KDFW he thinks the phone battery may have caused the meltdown, Samsung says the battery was not an original part but was a replacement unit.

The video has generated more than 1.1 million YouTube Views, 4 million page views on the station’s website and generated even more for the other Fox owned and operated stations that posted the story.  Until now, the station’s YouTube record stood at 27,000. KDFW Consumer reporter Steve Noviello says he has never seen anything like it, but says there are some solid reasons for its success.

“The story is easy to relate to and pulls on those ‘holy grail’ elements that news consumers love- ‘Your Children, Your Safety, Your Stuff,’” he said.

Photo Courtesy KDFW Dallas

Photo Courtesy KDFW Dallas

And he says he wrote the online story in a way that he thought would appeal to that audience differently than the TV story. “The way I posted the story was very deliberate- in addition to shooting video, I snapped some cellphone pics.  When it came time to post I did so with the cell photos not the standard generic news logo or freeze frame from the package.” Noviello says the Fox stations that used the snapshot photo as their lead image saw about double the return as those that used a freeze-frame from the story.

Stations often don’t post news stories on YouTube preferring instead to drive viewers to station website pages. But YouTube does offer compensation from a share of advertising revenue it generates in pre-roll ads on popular videos.

Noviello said the large YouTube viewership helped the online site. “We didn’t get wrapped up in where the traffic was going,  only that it was flowing.  This ‘viral’ was a first for us and the data is very useful.  As opposed to trying to ‘direct’ all traffic back to our website to make the folks upstairs in sales happy, we got it out there and watched the rising tide lift all boats.” In short, he said, we stopped trying to force the viewer to come to where “we are” but tried to reach them where they are.

Noviello said 65 percent of the 1 million plus YouTube views were from mobile phones.

I had to ask why Noviello believed the story to be real. “We did another story some time back about lithium ion batteries and I have had hundreds of e-mails from people who tell me their batteries get hot. It has included everything from phones to e-cigarettes and baby monitors,” so the story of the phone fire beneath a pillow was not a big surprise.

That safety issue is not just a scare tactic.  A Pew Research report says most teens sleep with their cell phones. And it is not just a “teen thing.” Pew says 65% of adults say they sleep with their phones in the bed or next to the bed too. “Samsung does warn you not to put your phone in your bed, but the warning is on page 208 of the phone’s user manual,” Noviello said.  When he wrote the story summary Noviello mentioned the buried warning saying,  “13-year-old sleeps while her cell phone smolders under her pillow.  The manufacturer points to a warning you’ve likely never read.”

Noviello is producing additional stories about battery safety. “The stories we are hearing about are not all replacement batteries.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission set standards in 2007 but today’s electronics are different from older devices. The question arises about whether the old standards should apply to today’s equipment.

For newsrooms, especially TV newsrooms, this story goes against conventional wisdom about what kind of video will generate the most online traffic. The conventional wisdom and experience is that raw or nearly raw sensational video of spot news or oddities are the viral traffic winners. But this story is a completely packaged news story that ran online just as it aired on TV. The lesson seems to be that new and compelling content attracts viewers.

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A photo taken on board a helicopter shows a US State Department helicopter flying over the Iraqi capital Baghdad carrying US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday, June 23, 2014. Kerry pledged "intense" support for Iraq against the "existential threat" of a major militant offensive pushing toward Baghdad from the north and west. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

After shuttering bureaus, news organizations revisit Iraq

A photo taken on board a helicopter shows a US State Department helicopter flying over the Iraqi capital Baghdad carrying US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday, June 23, 2014. Kerry pledged "intense" support for Iraq against the "existential threat" of a major militant offensive pushing toward Baghdad from the north and west. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

When New York Times reporter Tim Arango arrived in Iraq in 2010, the eight-bedroom bureau was so crowded that he had to sleep on the couch.

But about two years later, he frequently found himself wandering the halls alone. Occasionally, journalists would come in and share the house, making Arango, by then the Times’ Baghdad bureau chief, feel “kind of like a bed and breakfast owner.”

When American troops left Iraq in 2011, many reporters went with them, he said. Some went back stateside, and some soon found themselves covering the Arab Spring uprising throughout the Middle East.

“I think there was a period where the reading public and the media moved on,” Arango said. He’s currently reporting from northern Iraq.

Now, with an insurgency threatening the Iraqi government and 300 United States advisors committed to halting their advance, the country has seen a sudden infusion of reporters from American news organizations, many that closed their bureaus shortly before or after the war ended.

Television networks, including CBS, Fox and CNN, have beefed up their coverage of the region, sending correspondents into Iraq or covering the situation from their Middle East offices, representatives from those networks told Poynter.

Newspapers are also bolstering their coverage. The Los Angeles Times, which closed its bureau in 2011, is reporting on the insurgency with a stringer in northern Iraq and a reporter from Baghdad, said Mark Porubcansky, the foreign editor of the L.A. Times.

The New York Times, which rotates correspondents in and out of Iraq, has dispatched four correspondents, including Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Tyler Hicks, to the country to cover the conflict, said Danielle Rhoades Ha, director of communications with The New York Times.

The Washington Post, which shuttered its bureau in 2012, now has three reporters in the country — two in Baghdad and one in Erbil, a city in northern Iraq, said Doug Jehl, the paper’s foreign editor.

The Associated Press has long had a bureau in Iraq and continued to maintain it since the war ended, said Paul Colford, the AP’s director of media relations.

Although most American news organizations closed their Iraq bureaus several years ago, many, such as McClatchy, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have consistently been providing excellent coverage of Iraq, said Jackie Spinner, a journalism professor at Columbia College and former Baghdad bureau chief for The Washington Post.

However, the sudden influx of news organizations that do not have consistent connections to the region have exposed one problem: finding reliable Iraqi “fixers,” journalists, translators and drivers who help reporters navigate the conflict safely and effectively.

“A western correspondent cannot just drop into Iraq right now and tell the story without a really good Iraqi fixer,” Spinner said.

Although most news organizations are relying on relationships with local journalists to cover the conflict, there is disagreement as to whether a bureau is an essential ingredient to covering Iraq.

CNN, which closed its bureau in 2012, maintained contact with a network of local stringers and relied on them to help cover the insurgency when it flared up in recent weeks, said Bridget Leininger, a representative from CNN.

“It is a debate that is going on all the time as the technology gets better and better — why have a big bureau if I can shoot video from my phone and publish it?” she wrote in an email. “Some of this equipment is small enough that you can fit it in a backpack, and set up a live global transmission from anywhere in the world. That makes it easier for travel and getting to challenging locations, with a more nimble team.”

But Spinner cautions that bureaus can foster long-term connections with a region, the type necessary to provide context when covering complex situations.

“It’s expensive to do foreign news coverage, and news organizations are trying to figure out how to provide that coverage in the environment we’re operating in,” she said. “I don’t think the solution is to have journalists parachute in and out of the story.”

Above: A photo taken on board a helicopter shows a US State Department helicopter flying over the Iraqi capital Baghdad carrying US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday, June 23, 2014. Kerry pledged “intense” support for Iraq against the “existential threat” of a major militant offensive pushing toward Baghdad from the north and west. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool) Read more

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Study says Fox News may ‘harden conservative views’ of its audience

A Public Religion Research Institute/Brookings Institute study of Americans’ views on immigration reform finds that people’s media choices have a strong effect on their beliefs:

Only 12% of Americans who most trust Fox News for information about politics and current events correctly believe deportations have increased. In contrast, nearly one-quarter (24%) of Americans who most trust broadcast news, one-third (33%) Americans who most trust CNN, and 35% of Americans who most trust public television believe the deportation rate has increased.

In fact, the study finds, Fox News may “reinforce and perhaps harden conservative views.” 60 percent of Republicans who trust Fox News most say immigrants “Burden our country because they take our jobs, housing, and health care.” 38 percent of Republicans who trust other news sources most say the same thing. Read more


Arrested Fox News anchor is ‘dealing with serious personal issues’

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Fox News weekend anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Joy Powell reports in The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune.

Police had been called about an intoxicated man at the grill. Officers reported Jarrett refused to follow orders and was arrested for obstruction of the legal process and taken to jail.

Jarrett was charged with obstruction of legal process and interfering with a police officer, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. He posted $300 bond and is due in court June 6, Powell reports.

“We were made aware late last night that Gregg Jarrett was arrested in Minneapolis yesterday and charged with a misdemeanor,” a Fox News spokesperson told Poynter in an email. “He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined.” Read more


Murdoch: Fox News has ‘absolutely saved’ Republican Party


In a rollicking interview with Fortune’s Patricia Sellers, Rupert Murdoch says an all-digital New York Post “might be quite likely in 10 years,” claims Mike Bloomberg told him “nobody reads” Bloomberg View and says of Twitter: “My family are horrified that I’m on it.”

There’s also this exchange with Sellers:

Does it bother you at all, Rupert, that there is a view that Fox News has contributed in a big way to the political discontent in the U.S., degraded the political process, and maybe, in spotlighting the Tea Party, even hurt the Republican Party? I think it has absolutely saved it. It has certainly given voice and hope to people who didn’t like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN. By the way, we don’t promote the Tea Party. That’s bullshit. We recognize their existence.

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What the DOJ’s new guidelines mean for journalists

The U.S. Department of Justice’s new revised guidelines tightening government access to journalists’ records officially take effect this week. Yet the protections are not absolute, leaving some important exceptions in the hands of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder to circumvent the safeguards, particularly when it comes to classified information deemed potentially harmful.

The guidelines specifically aim to shield journalists from “certain law enforcement tools,” the department noted, including subpoenas, court orders and search warrants that “might unreasonably impair ordinary newsgathering activities.” Read more


#JFK: media organizations taking new look at old news

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The news today, in many parts of the country, is about something that happened in Dallas 50 years ago. But now, the retelling of JFK’s assassination is unfolding in a way quite different than it did then — through social media.

The Cape Cod Times started its two-day project Thursday, tweeting out events from 50 years ago at the times when they happened. The paper also has a cache of stories about the Kennedy family on its site, with reader memories, a story about Kennedy’s local church, and the news photographer who covered him.

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Pew study finds big differences in recent network coverage

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Four cable news networks devoted significantly different amounts of time to Obamacare and the typhoon in the Philippines, according to a new study from Pew Research Center. On Wednesday, Mark Jurkowitz, Paul Hitlin, Nancy Vogt and Monica Anderson reported that a pattern emerged after analyzing 80 hours of cable news from Nov. 11 through Nov. 15.

The two channels with strong ideological identities in prime-time—liberal MSBNC and conservative Fox News—spent far more time on the politically-charged health insurance story than the overseas disaster. And the two organizations that built a brand on global reporting—CNN and Al Jazeera America, an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera media network—spent considerably more time on the tragedy in the Philippines.

MSNBC, they report, devoted four times more coverage to issues with the healthcare law. Fox covered healthcare 80 times more than the typhoon. Read more


Rob Ford’s media tour: ‘Actions speak louder than words’

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After Toronto Mayor Rob Ford trampled a government official on Monday, and after Toronto’s City Council voted to strip him of most of his power, Ford mayor sat down for an interview with “Today”‘s Matt Lauer.

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Lauer asked Ford about his substance abuse issues. Ford responded, as he has elsewhere, that he doesn’t have substance abuse issues and won’t seek treatment. Read more