Articles about "Weather coverage"

How journalists can avoid getting fooled by fake Hurricane Sandy photos

There’s a simple truth in journalism: big weather brings an onslaught of fake images.

This is already fully on display with Sandy, as evidenced by an old shot taken at the Tomb of the Unknowns that’s circulating today, along … Read more


5 creative ways journalists are covering Hurricane Sandy online

As Hurricane Sandy barrels up the East Coast Monday, news organizations are creating special online coverage. Here are some of the creative ways journalists are trying to help the public get through the storm. (more...)
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Journalists cover, reflect on Hurricane Andrew 20 years later

Miami New Times | Society for News Design | Miami Herald Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida 20 years ago this week. Chuck Strouse talks with fellow former Miami Herald reporters about how they covered the big storm. That coverage won them the 1993 Public Service Pulitzer, a high point in the newspaper's history. Lizette Alvarez remembers being in a hotel in Florida City where guests had to "dash from room to room as the roof flipped off in chunks." Ileana Oroza remembers an interaction with a subscriber the next day:
It was about 8 a.m. when the phone rang. One of the editors answered, and after a few seconds, said in a pleading voice: "Sir, we just had a hurricane." The caller was an annoyed reader asking why his newspaper hadn't been delivered.
Here are some visual highlights from the Herald's coverage, from the Society for News Design : (more...)
This photo by Dusty Compton landed on the front page of newspapers across the country.

How The Tuscaloosa News’ post-tornado tweeting helped bring home a Pulitzer Prize

When the Pulitzer Prize Board announced last year it would emphasize real-time reporting for the Breaking News category starting in 2012, some speculated whether we would someday see a Pulitzer Prize for tweeting.

As it turns out, this year’s … Read more


KTLA weatherman Henry DiCarlo throws fit on air

Huffington Post
Henry DiCarlo, the morning weatherman at KTLA in Los Angeles, threw a fit Wednesday and walked off camera after conducting a live interview and then not having time to do his weather segment. As he left, he scolded the producers: "When you send a weatherman out to do the weather but you're also sending him out to do a story, you might want to give him a little extra time. But that's just me." The anchors played it off with humor. Chris Schauble: "Maybe we'll give him a little cheese to go with that whine." || Marginally related: Ron Paul walks out on CNN interview

Casey Anthony the most searched story of 2011

Bing (via Mashable) | Project for Excellence in Journalism
Bing has released rankings of its most searched terms this year, and crime and terrorism top the list of news stories, followed by weather and celebrity. The top 10 list:
  1. Casey Anthony Trial
  2. Osama bin Laden Death
  3. Hurricane Irene
  4. Japan Earthquake/Tsunami
  5. Amy Winehouse Death
  6. Joplin Tornado
  7. Michael Jackson trial/Conrad Murray
  8. 9/11 10 Year Anniversary
  9. Republican Candidates - Herman Cain, Rick Perry
  10. Haiti anniversary
Tracking done by the Project for Excellence in Journalism shows that Anthony was the top newsmaker -- and her trial among the top stories -- for at least three weeks this summer. It was also the most covered trial since PEJ started tracking news in 2007. (more...)

Besides predicting the weather, meteorologists are expected to tell people what to do about it

The Wall Street Journal
This has been a tough year for meteorologists. Forecasting technology has improved -- "A one-day forecast comes within three degrees of hitting the mark, on average; a three-day forecast is usually accurate within four degrees" -- but meteorologists still can't predict the exact intensity of hurricanes or precisely where a storm will dump snow or rain. Adding to the pressure, "people increasingly look to meteorologists not only to predict the weather, but to tell them what to do about it," Sue Shellenbarger writes. "When Hurricane Irene roared up the Atlantic seaboard in August, dozens of anxious people asked meteorologist Elliot Abrams where to park their cars or how much food to buy. Mr. Abrams, a senior vice president with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pa., broadcast hurricane updates on 15 radio stations and responded to callers who wanted to know, 'Should I board up my windows?' " || Related: Hurricane Irene provides window into The Weather Channel’s info-tainmentIrene generated most coverage of any hurricane since PEJ started tracking news in 2007

Hurricane Irene generated most coverage of any hurricane since PEJ started tracking news in 2007

Project for Excellence in Journalism
After running the numbers for the week of Aug. 22-28, PEJ found that stories about Hurricane Irene comprised 21 percent of all news covered, less than the 26 percent devoted to news about unrest in the Middle East. Network TV news devoted a third of its airtime to the storm, followed slightly by cable news. Online, radio and newspaper coverage lagged significantly. PEJ notes that Irene generated the largest share of the news coverage of any hurricane since it started tracking coverage in January 2007. The closest competitor was Gustav, which was the subject of 17 percent of stories in the first week of September, 2008. But dominance is relative; Gustav was a distant second to 2008 election coverage. Remember Hurricane Earl? Probably not. It caused little damage, although the media spent a lot of time covering it, too. Coverage of that storm from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2010 comprised 13 percent of news hole, but that made it the top story for the week. "If anything," PEJ noted in its report then, "last week’s coverage proved again that meteorology is tricky and the media walk a fine line between legitimate concern and excessive hype in a story of this type." Somewhere there's a story about hype being relative. Oh, here it is: The 6 criteria for hype & why Hurricane Irene coverage does not meet them | Related: Patch gets big traffic bump from Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene provides window into The Weather Channel’s info-tainment

The New York Times | NPR
While you were watching Hurricane Irene on the The Weather Channel, The New York Times' Brian Stelter was watching The Weather Channel watch Irene. Stelter was with meteorologist  Mike Seidel in Nags Head, N.C., as he was blown around by Hurricane Irene for about 15 hours Saturday. Stelter notes that Seidel positions himself so he bears the force of the most powerful winds. Among the tricks of the trade, according to Stelter: "Mr. Seidel donned safety glasses on the beach to help keep sand out of his eyes, and positioned himself almost as low as a football linebacker to stop from being blown over. The audio engineer wrapped his battery pack in a condom to keep it dry." (more...)
Two Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority trains sit in water on flooded tracks at Trenton train station Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in Trenton, N.J., as rains from Hurricane Irene are causing inland flooding of rivers and streams. (Mel Evans/AP)

The 6 criteria for hype & why Hurricane Irene coverage does not meet them

I grew up in Chicago, where blizzards rarely closed schools. I’ve been through Hurricanes Fran and Floyd in North Carolina and Charley and Jeanne in Florida. So, I laugh when Washington, D.C. shuts down over a few inches of snow … Read more