Hurricane coverage

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Hawaii braces for hurricanes: ‘Here they come’

Associated Press | Newseum

Hawaii is about to get its first hurricane in more than 20 years, Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Audrey McAvoy reported Thursday for the Associated Press.

Hurricane Iselle was expected to arrive on the Big Island on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rains, winds gusting up to 85 mph and flooding in some areas. Weather officials changed their outlook on the system Wednesday after seeing it get a little stronger, giving it enough oomph to stay a hurricane as it reaches landfall.

Here are Thursday’s front pages from The Honolulu Star-Advertiser in Honolulu and The Garden Island in Lihu’e, courtesy Newseum:



Newseum also has collections of newspaper fronts from past hurricanes. Here’s one from Oct. 29, 2012, from The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey:


Here’s the front from The Virginian-Pilot on Aug. Read more

Waves crash over the bow of a tug boat as it passes near the Statue of Liberty in New York Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 as rough water as the result of Hurricane Sandy churned the waters of New York Harbor. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

How New York media outlets adapted after Hurricane Sandy

When hurricane season comes around, journalists at The Miami Herald start planning.

Reporters are told to keep extra fuel at their homes in case gas stations close. If a storm is imminent, the paper develops alternate distribution routes depending on wind speed and flooding. And editors ensure that their reporters aren’t all using the same cellphone network — that way, if a storm cuts service to a wireless provider, a large proportion of the newsroom will still be able to communicate.

“When you sit down here on the end of the peninsula, all you have to do is sit and look at historical maps of storm tracks, and you have to be prepared,” said Dave Wilson, a senior editor at the Miami Herald.

Compare that preparation with the chaos many news organizations endured two years ago, when Hurricane Sandy hammered the Northeast. Read more

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SiriusXM fires Anthony Cumia, HuffPost loses top U.K. editor

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories, plucked with no small effort from the post-holiday-weekend ether. From Kristen Hare, a world media news roundup. From Sam Kirkland, digital stories to ease you back into working life.

  1. HuffPost UK editor leaves for fashion-trend-forecasting firm: Carla Buzasi will join the firm WGSN. She “famously tracked down HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington to pitch a UK version of the news site following AOL’s $315m (£184m) acquisition in 2011,” Mark Sweney reports. (The Guardian)
  2. SiriusXM fires Anthony Cumia: Satellite broadcaster let the “Opie and Anthony” host go “after careful consideration of his racially charged and hate-filled remarks.” (NYT) | Cumia’s Twitter rant (Gawker) | Cumia “Has a Long History of Public Awfulness” (Gawker) | Fans launch “#CancelSiriusXM” campaign, change Twitter avatars to an picture of Che Guevara “with Cumia’s face superimposed on it.” (THR)
  3. Why a N.Y.
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Don’t get hosed by fake hurricane photos this year

As far as I can tell, these photos of lightning hitting New York Wednesday night are legit.

But as the U.S. hurricane season begins this weekend with Arthur’s approach, it’s a good time to remember that hoaxers, as Craig Silverman wrote during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, “love nothing more than getting the press to share their handiwork.”

Often, a reverse image search can help you root out bogus pictures. Read more


Weather professionals losing ‘Nemo’ as northeast blizzard name

The New York Times
As a massive winter storm begins to hammer New York and New England, a line of defense is forming: meteorologists who won’t call the storm “Nemo,” the Weather Channel’s name for it.

“Not on your life,” says WJLA-TV meteorologist Bob Ryan. “We’re not using that arbitrary name for the storm. It’s meaningless,” says Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow (resolve at the paper’s Capital Weather Gang did not prove as strong). “No, we will not be using that,” said a person who answered the phone on the assignment desk at Boston’s WCVB. “I won’t do it. LOL,” David Epstein, who writes a weather blog for The Boston Globe, tells Poynter in an email.

The airwaves, printways and CMSes of affected areas may remain Nemo-free, but there’s one sphere where the name is bandied about freely: Social media. Read more

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Daily News returns to NYC, but not yet to its offices after flooding from Sandy

Crain’s | Poynter
Since flooding from Hurricane Sandy displaced the New York Daily News, staffers have been working from the paper’s New Jersey printing plant and from home. But they are returning to Manhattan now that the company has leased temporary space, reports Matt Chaban for Crain’s. Just after the superstorm hit the city, Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman said it could take a year for their lower Manhattan home to reopen, but the news org will return to it in 2-4 months, publisher Bill Holiber told Chaban. Meanwhile, the Daily News will work out of midtown’s Sixth Avenue tower. Read more


NY Daily News, Newsweek still without offices after Sandy

Commercial Observer
The New York Daily News may not return to its Lower Manhattan offices for a year, owner Mort Zuckerman told a conference called Masters of Real Estate. Al Barbarino reports Zuckerman said the offices, which also house U.S. News & World Report, “were just destroyed” during Hurricane Sandy.

The law firm Proskauer Rose — small world dept.: Proskauer Rose lawyer Bernard Plum represented New York Times management in its recent negotiations with the newsroom Guild — is housing the paper’s sales staff. Many of the paper’s Manhattan employees are working at the paper’s printing plant in New Jersey, “with a portion of its reporters also in its Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens bureaus,” Barbarino reports. Read more


Instagram breaks records during Hurricane Sandy

Giga OM | GizmodoForbes | TimeNew York Times
As we suspected in the midst of Hurricane Sandy, the storm and its aftermath became the most-Instagrammed news event ever with more than 800,000 photos posted.

Gizmodo blogger Sam Biddle argues that it’s unethical for people to use tragic events as fodder for their Instagram photos. He says it

“…becomes a gross, crass way for people to shellack their poor taste and poorer judgment across the face of tragedy. The reality of a natural disaster is shocking and compelling enough without augmenting its color. A flooded supermarket or a demolished apartment don’t need boosted contrast. They stand on their own.”

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New York Magazine editors on how they got that Baan photo

New York Magazine
New York Magazine editors wanted to capture the “clear delineation of lights on and off in different parts of the city” after Hurricane Sandy.

They decided an aerial image would work well for their cover shot and called contributing photographer Iwan Baan last Wednesday to see if he was in the city. Baan, who takes photographs from helicopters about once a week, is based in Amsterdam but often travels to New York.

New York Magazine reports:

Fortunately, Baan was in town, but two of his three different helicopter contacts were unresponsive. A third was available and prepared to take off for us. Total flight time was two and a half hours: one hour to get to Manhattan, half an hour shooting time over the city, and one hour back to eastern Long Island.

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Architecture photographer explains how he got that New York magazine cover shot

Shooting in the dark, with a handheld camera, in a vibrating helicopter, 5,000 feet above land sounds like a photographer’s nightmare. But Iwan Baan made it look easy.

The Dutch photographer’s image of a half-illuminated, half-powerless New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy captured the nation’s attention on the cover of New York magazine.

“It was the only way to show that New York was two cities, almost,” Baan said on the phone Sunday evening from Haiti. “One was almost like a third world country where everything was becoming scarce. Everything was complicated. And then another was a completely vibrant, alive New York.”

Baan made the image Wednesday night after the storm, using the new Canon 1D X with the new 24-70mm lens on full open aperture. Read more

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