Articles about "NBC News"


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

NBC News | ABC News

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.

Read more
Tools:
0 Comments

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.
Read more
Tools:
73 Comments
Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 6.10.55 PM

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.… Read more

Tools:
0 Comments

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.

The CBSC found that two CTV News Channel reports about a Palestinian man contained an error. It also “concluded that the error should have been corrected on television because that is where the error occurred.”

At the time, CTV corrected the error on its website, but the CBSC ruled that “CTV should also have provided that correction on television …”

The Council cited Article 7 of the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada’s Code of Ethics as reason for requiring an on-air correction. It reads:

Errors will be quickly acknowledged and publicly corrected on all platforms.

Read more
Tools:
0 Comments
Supreme Court Building

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.… Read more

Tools:
0 Comments

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 talk with potential buyers who had been in touch before the shutdown, and that more have come forward since last week.

I asked Schiller about the prospects for a sale during a broader discussion about NBC’s handling of the EveryBlock shutdown last Thursday, which surprised users and observers.

EveryBlock co-founder Adrian Holovaty, who left the company in August, told me in a phone interview that he was upset with how it ended.

“I am not upset about the concept of a company shutting down EveryBlock because it’s not strategically aligned with them.… Read more

Tools:
4 Comments

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

Politico | ABC | Washington Post | Breitbart | Legal Insurrection | White House
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.… Read more

Tools:
13 Comments
richardengel

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.… Read more

Tools:
0 Comments
In an appearance on "Today" show

NBC’s Richard Engel, crew freed after 5 days of captivity in Syria

NBC | “Today” | CPJ | Gawker
NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is safe in Turkey after five days of captivity in Syria, the network said Tuesday morning. Engel and his crew were last heard from Thursday just after they entered Syria.

After entering Syria, Engel and his team were abducted, tossed into the back of a truck and blindfolded before being transported to an unknown location believed to be near the small town of Ma’arrat Misrin. During their captivity, they were blindfolded and bound, but otherwise not physically harmed, the network said.

Read more
Tools:
0 Comments

Report: George Zimmerman to sue NBC over botched edit of 911 call

New York Post
Accused Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is preparing a lawsuit against NBC, NBC News President Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, the New York Post’s Page Six reports.

A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”

Poynter has confirmed that NBC is not commenting in this matter.

NBC broadcast three reports using audio edited to make it appear Zimmerman said, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” The first report was produced by WTVJ in Miami, which fired reporter Jeff Burnside, who was involved in editing it.… Read more

Tools:
5 Comments