Articles about "Hurricane coverage"


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

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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. Read more

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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. …
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Anthony Advincula, New American Media

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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.

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Emergency information response is a public service we can coordinate through real-time verification

It didn’t take long for a variety of debunking efforts to help combat misinformation and fake images related to Hurricane Sandy.

The Atlantic launched InstaSnopes, the “Is Twitter Wrong?” Tumblr spread quickly, BuzzFeed collected fake images and produced a related quiz, and Storyful did its usual #dailydebunk of fake content. Others stepped in to help with verification efforts.

Articles at The Week, the “Today” show, ABC News and numerous other media outlets debunked fakes and helped spread the word. But it wasn’t only journalists that tried to stop the flow of false information:

Con Edison’s Twitter account even responded directly to a Twitter user that BuzzFeed called out as being a source of misinformation:

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‘Is Twitter Wrong?’ became central to debunking during Hurricane Sandy

Tom Phillips, an international editor at MSN based in England, started “Is Twitter Wrong?” in August to debunk misinformation coursing through the social sphere. His Tumblr rose to prominence quickly this week as he sorted real photos from fake ones during Hurricane Sandy. Earlier this week, Phillips said correct tweets on Twitter is “like putting toothpaste back in the tube, except the toothpaste is alive and didn’t like it in the tube and is dreaming of Broadway.” Curious about his work, I emailed questions to Phillips on Tuesday, he responded overnight Wednesday. Our edited email exchange appears below.

Poynter: The first post I see on the ‘Is Twitter Wrong?’ Tumblr is from August. What was the inspiration for starting it then?

Tom Phillips: It was something I’d been mulling for a while; the need for something Snopes-like, but focused on quick-turnaround verification of stuff on social media. I’m a big fan of the rise of fact-checking as up-front journalistic content, rather than just background process — but for some reason, the major fact-check sites tend to concentrate more on important claims made by serious people who run countries, and less on whether @topbants473 has really taken a picture of a tiger in his back garden. Read more

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Why fake photos are as appealing as real ones in a disaster

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What makes humans “hunger for more disaster and mayhem,” Jack Shafer asks, looking at how we greedily lapped up every jot and tittle about Hurricane Sandy this week. “Television and the Web,” Shafer writes, “place us in the comfortable zone between too-far-away-to-feel-the-rush and I’m-so-damned-close-I-got-splattered-with-blood.” Had the Washington-area resident’s house not lost power, he says,

the media buzz I got last night from the Hurricane Sandy coverage could have kept me up for hours beyond my usual bedtime. Had my electric power been restored by morning, I don’t have to tell you what my first act would have been upon awakening.

That “disaster porn” has a byproduct, writes Laura Miller: Read more

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New York Post unpublishes story about Bloomberg banning passenger cars

The New York Post briefly published a story this afternoon saying that Mayor Mike Bloomberg was about to ban passenger cars from the city. The story read:

Mayor Bloomberg will announce later today that passenger cars will be temporarily barred from entering Manhattan, as New York struggles to recover from Hurricane Sandy, City Hall sources told The Post.

Bloomberg will reveal details of the restriction at a press briefing shortly.

The ban will be similar to travel restrictions enforced shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, sources said.

The misinformation spread widely on Twitter before being debunked by the Mayor’s Office. Read more

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How prepared are you for a website outage like this week’s in NYC?

BuzzFeed’s website went offline Monday night (as did other news sites like Huffington Post and Gawker) when the data center housing its servers flooded. Pando Daily’s David Holmes talked to BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith about how the site responded — switching all publishing over to Tumblrs as a stopgap while rebuilding its own site, from scratch.

Just three developers worked throughout most the night to get Buzzfeed.com back up and running [in the cloud on Amazon Web Services]. One of them, Eugene Ventimiglia, kept working even after a tree fell through the roof of his home in North New Jersey.

“It took years to build (Buzzfeed) and they rebuilt it in six hours,” Smith said.

Of course, AWS cloud hosting has had its own failures when weather or power outages affected its server farms in Northern Virginia. So it’s probably smart for news orgs to have layers of backup plans. Read more

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How the world sees U.S. disaster in wake of Hurricane Sandy & how we see ourselves

The images from Hurricane Sandy have been frightening and moving as they flash across our screens. This week’s front pages have made those images stand still. They reveal how we see ourselves and how the world sees us. A selection of today’s 20 most interesting fronts appears below. How many ways are there to say “devastated”? You’ll see. Pages appear courtesy of the Newseum, some have been cropped to remove ads.

Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum.
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