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How WGAL TV kept the newsroom running when the roof collapsed

WGAL-TV (Lancaster, Pa.) News Director Dan O’Donnell was on the other side of the building from the newsroom at 3:20 Friday afternoon when he said he heard “what sounded like a truck backing into the building. Others said it sounded … Read more

APTOPIX Winter Weather Atlanta

Journalists share pictures of an empty Atlanta

On Jan. 29, Zoë Schlanger wrote about the storm that hit Atlanta for Newsweek and how the city looked like something from "The Walking Dead."
Images from that piece were full of abandoned cars.

And on Jan. 30, Ian Bogost wrote a story for The Atlantic about how shows like "The Walking Dead" prepare people for catastrophic events.

But maybe it was what happened in late January that really helped prepare people in Atlanta for the ice that's settled in and the ice that's on its way now. Here's how Atlanta looked Wednesday from the viewpoint of several journalists.
A lonely car makes its way through Atlanta on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Weather Channel wants your photos of snow-covered patio furniture

The Weather Channel
If you're worried that your photos of snow-covered patio furniture will no longer be televised after KUSA-TV anchor Kyle Clark pleaded with viewers to stop sending them in, The Weather Channel has a message for you.

"We don't feel that way here at The Weather Channel," host Matt Sampson says. "We love your patio furniture. It's a convenient photo op for you, and gives us a great idea of weather conditions in your area."

He then proceeds to sing. "Furniture on the patio / Covered in ice / Covered in snow / Furniture on the patio / There's no place I'd rather go / Everyone here at The Weather Channel / Feels the same way." Is there a slideshow of snow-covered patio furniture photos? Of course there's a slideshow of snow-covered patio furniture photos.
A winter storm approaching the East Coast has been blamed for over a dozen lives since moving across the country from California. (National Weather Service)

Time to prepare as storm approaches the east

The New York Times |

As a winter storm cuts its way through the South and lumbers closer to the East Coast this week, it’s a wise newsroom that’s planning not just for a severe weather story but also … Read more


Gary England on covering Oklahoma tornadoes for 42 years: ‘I don’t have to tell them it is scary’

In 42 years of Oklahoma City weathercasting, KWTV’s Gary England estimates he has tracked more than 1,000 tornadoes, and without a doubt, that estimate is “on the low end.” When he started his TV career in 1972, he wrote on … Read more


The story behind that Reuters storm photo featured on four major front pages

Brian Snyder had no idea his storm photo appeared on the front pages of four major newspapers this weekend until people started sending him links about it, he said by phone Sunday afternoon.
These four papers (and a few more) featured Snyder's photo on Saturday's front page.
A senior photographer for Thomson Reuters, Snyder has covered five presidential campaigns, the Super Bowl, and most recently a snowball fight between students at Harvard and MIT. (more...)
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Same photo appears on front pages of NYT, WSJ, WashPost, NY Post

It's not unusual for a single image to dominate a news event. But it is unusual for the same photo to be prominently featured on four major newspapers. Reuters photojournalist Brian Snyder captured the front page image (shown below) in Boston on Friday, as the storm was arriving. Only the New York Post uses the name 'Nemo' to refer to the blizzard that has dumped several feet of snow in the northeast and left thousands without power. || Update: The story behind Brian Snyder's photo || Related: New York Times, Wall Street Journal drop paywalls for storm coverage | How Wall Street Journal, NPR are using RebelMouse for storm coverage, Fashion Week (more...)
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New York Times, Wall Street Journal drop paywalls for storm coverage

The New York Times will drop its paywall tonight to provide unlimited, free access as readers seek information about the massive winter storm hitting New York and the northeast.

"We're planning to drop the meter at 6 tonight & re-evaluate the situation tomorrow evening," said Vice President of Corporate Communications Eileen Murphy by email.

The Wall Street Journal is dropping its paywall as well, it says in an email:
Due to anticipated delivery disruptions because of the winter storm, The Wall Street Journal will be dropping its paywall beginning tonight at midnight through the weekend.
The Times plans to reinstate its paywall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Murphy said by email.

The WSJ and Times dropped their paywalls during Hurricane Sandy too. The Times remained free for five days due to the storm. (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. (more...)
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Instagram users are posting 10 Hurricane Sandy pictures every second

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tells us via a spokeswoman: "There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag #sandy -- most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors." The total photos posted as of now: PandoDaily's Sara Lacy asks whether "Hurricane Sandy ... could be Instagram’s big citizen journalism moment." (more...)