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NBC News engagement up since site relaunch despite reader complaints

When NBC News relaunched its website just in time for the Winter Olympics, reaction was fierce on social media and in comments at Poynter. (Facebook commenters have even been pushing a petition at Change.org.)

Much of the criticism has … Read more

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Bloomberg View: latest mobile-first site to embrace the grid, shun visual hierarchy

Bloomberg View, no longer just an opinion vertical at bloomberg.com, has launched a standalone, image-heavy website, which publisher Tim O’Brien told Capital New York is “a departure for Bloomberg.”

But the startling new emphasis on visuals borders on overkill. … Read more

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Forget the hotels in Sochi, journalists should worry about getting hacked

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On Tuesday, while the rest of us were having fun watching journalists grapple with hotel conditions in Sochi, NBC News was getting hacked. On purpose.



ABC reported on the threat on Wednesday. James Gordon Meek wrote that, while government surveillance is an issue, so, apparently, are mobsters. Hacking mobsters.

Mobsters hack devices for passwords and data to facilitate digital larceny and, at times, can be used as proxies by the FSB [Federal Security Service] for any number of tasks, sources said. For instance, a recent cybersecurity report by private firm CrowdStrike fingered Russian intelligence as likely involved with, or at least aware of, the work of a hacker group known as "Energetic Bear," which has targeted Western energy interests.
So let's assume, for now, that if happy tweets start rolling out from journalists with photos of swanky rooms, Energetic Bear is behind them.

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NBC News reveals responsive redesign of website in time for Winter Olympics

Give NBC News a medal: Major website redesigns often miss deadlines, but the newly responsive NBCNews.com has launched in time to take advantage of an influx in traffic from the Winter Olympics — especially via second-screen social referrals.

Before today, the mobile website lacked as many amenities as a Sochi hotel room. But now it embraces the strategy of an infinitely scrolling vertical stack of story cards with an emphasis on visuals that we've seen adopted recently by NPR and The Wire.

The NBC News website on a smartphone yesterday, left, and after today's responsive design.
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How NBC News reporter and firefighter Al Henkel covers wildfires

You never get the smell of smoke out of your skin.

"It’ll be in there for weeks," NBC News Coordinating Producer Al Henkel said via phone as he drove to Boise after several days covering the Beaver Creek fire in Idaho.

Henkel, who is based in Dallas, has been covering fires for NBC News since at least the mid-'80s. In 2005 NBC sent him to fire school in Colorado so he could earn his "red card," the credential that allows firefighters to join wildfire crews upon arrival. He occasionally helps out with controlled burns at the LBJ National Grasslands in Texas.

"Some guys play golf," Henkel said. "This is what I do."

Henkel joined the Pike Hotshots of Monument, Colo., in Idaho for two days this week and posted pictures from the Beaver Creek blaze on Instagram when he could get cell phone service.

An incident commander had convinced Verizon to install a cell on wheels, or COW truck at a base camp, he said. But he couldn't get a tool he sometimes uses to stream video to work over the cell service, so he left a tape at his car for an NBC News crewmember (correspondent Miguel Almaguer was reporting on the fire not too far away) to come pick up. (more...)
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Canadian standards body requires TV network to correct errors on air

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, which is responsible for keeping Canada’s private broadcasters in line, announced today that all errors should be corrected in the same medium as they first appeared.

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NBC News supplements Supreme Court coverage with one-glance site

As the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday morning and declined to rule on a case involving California's Prop 8, NBC News supplemented its usual coverage with a single-serving site called IsThereSCOTUSDecision.com.



Ryan Osborn, NBC News' vice president for digital innovations, says his team threw together the one-glancer in four hours this past Sunday and "we’ve seen a nice little reaction." It was inspired, he said, by sites like HowManyPeopleAreInSpaceRightNow.com and the Guardian's Is There White Smoke site during March's papal conclave. (more...)
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EveryBlock could still be sold, says Schiller, after abrupt closing of hyperlocal pioneer

EveryBlock, the hyperlocal news and community discussion site that abruptly closed last week, may be resurrected if NBC can find a suitable buyer.

NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller told me Monday that the network is continuing to … Read more

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DC police investigating “Meet the Press,” David Gregory, who will not be hosting Sunday

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David Gregory will not be hosting "Meet the Press" this week because he is on vacation, reports Politico. His absence was planned before D.C. police started investigating the Sunday morning show and its host for displaying on-air what they described as a 30-round gun magazine. Police told ABC News that the network had requested permission to use "a high capacity magazine for their segment" and that "their request was denied."

The New York Times, Politico and TMZ cite unnamed federal law enforcement officials who say "Meet the Press" also contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which may have mistakenly said using the magazine was legal.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told Breitbart.com, "We are investigating the incident to determine if the magazine was in fact real." While this display may create legal problems for the network, it may also create journalistic problems, points out The Washington Post. "If it wasn’t in fact authentic," writes Erik Wemple, "Gregory didn’t issue a disclosure to that effect on the air. Viewers were introduced to the magazine as if it could be deployed at that very moment." The display occurred during Gregory's interview last Sunday with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. (more...)
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NBC’s Richard Engel: ‘We weren’t expecting a rescue’

During the five days Richard Engel and a crew of four others were held in Syria, the kidnappers "didn't really know who we were," Engel told Savannah Guthrie during an interview that aired Friday on the "Today" show. The NBC News chief foreign correspondent also described their escape.
We weren't expecting, obviously, a rescue, but the rebels knew we were in the area. They'd been alerted. They'd been alerted by NBC. They'd been alerted by other friendly forces who had told the rebels, 'You've got people in your neighborhood. Increase your security. Go find these people.' That pressure inspired our kidnappers to move us to a safer place, deeper into their territory. And if we had gotten to that territory, that's goodbye. You wouldn't see us for a long, long time or you may never see us again."
During that move, they were freed by the rebels. The ordeal, Engel said, is "not gonna change what I'm doing with my life, what is my life." (more...)
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