Articles about "Hurricane coverage"


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. (more...)
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Daily News returns to NYC, but not yet to its offices after flooding from Sandy

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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.

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. (more...)

Instagram breaks records during Hurricane Sandy

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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. It was a clear night with wonderful visibility and just enough cloud presence to make for a beautiful sky.

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. The camera was set at 25,000 ISO, with a 1/40th of a second shutter speed. (more...)

New York magazine, New Yorker capture spirit of Sandy, election

New York magazine editors: "The easiest part of a harried three days came Friday around noon, when we met to settle on the cover. A photograph taken by Iwan Baan on Wednesday night, showing the Island of Manhattan, half aglow and half in dark, was the clear choice, for the way it fit with the bigger story we have tried to tell here about a powerful city rendered powerless." Photographer Iwan Baan tells Poynter how he got the shot.
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NY Post: ‘Abuse of Power’ for marathon’s media tent to get electricity

New York Post
It's shocking! The media tent at this weekend's New York City Marathon is being powered by "two massive generators... being run 24/7 in Central Park," reports the New York Post. "And a third 'backup' unit sits idle, in case one of the generators fails."

After a quick explanation about how the government could legally seize the generators and redistribute them to storm-damaged neighborhoods still without power, the Post reports they've been paid for by the New York Road Runners Club, which operates the marathon. “These are our private generators. We are not draining any resources from the city’s plan to recover,” New York Road Runners spokesperson Richard Finn "angrily insisted" to the paper. (more...)

During hurricane, immigrant communities turned to ethnic media

As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, many ethnic media in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) served as a lifeline to their respective communities by providing vital information. Without an ability to publish, newspapers translated information and posted it online. Sometimes, the journalists, who are respected community leaders, gave advice over the phone. …

In the hours before the tropical cyclone hit the city, ethnic media translated the emergency preparedness information and advisories from local and state officials into relevant languages and posted them on their websites. For those with limited English-language skills, the translations were their only source of disaster information. …

Anthony Advincula, New American Media


Whose fault is it that ‘Comfortably Smug’ lies about Hurricane Sandy spread?

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Shashank Tripathi was always a jerk on Twitter, Heidi N. Moore writes, but the BS he was pushing out to his @ComfortablySmug followers during Hurricane Sandy was only a problem after others, including journalists, started sharing it.
[I]f Tripathi's silly tweets made it into the national press, it is the national press that is, at heart, to blame for not protecting journalistic standards as well as they should. It is a matter of a few minutes to call a spokesperson or check a live camera, and that is what journalists get paid to do. Producers or editors should not rush information to air or print until those calls have been made, and answered.