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November 16, 2013

Royals (News Version)

I can post this journalism-themed parody of Lorde’s “Royals” by Breaking News associate editor Aaron Edwards precisely because he doesn’t have a beard. And because it’s funny.

16:14 // 5 months ago
November 2, 2013
15:45 // 5 months ago
May 7, 2013
Breaking news in the ongoing saga of the 25-year-old man accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20.

Breaking news in the ongoing saga of the 25-year-old man accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20.

(Source: twitter.com)

17:21 // 11 months ago
May 4, 2013
Typically on a big story with a lot of risk behind it, we tend to wait until there are as many as three different news organizations reporting it. In this case there were three reporting it, but we saw others saying that there were no arrests or that they had no knowledge of arrests. So there was enough conflict from other news organizations for us to wait just one more beat. At that point we made a very difficult and agonizing decision just to sit and watch. And for Breaking News that was a very difficult thing to do, and I have to give a big shout-out to our editors who made that decision under the pressure to go.
Breaking News’ general manager Cory Bergman • Discussing how his team handled the mistaken reporting regarding the Boston bombing suspects — reporting that ensnared CNN and the Associated Press, among others. Describing the platform’s approach, he says, “With us it’s interesting — there’s pressure to be second.” The NBC-owned platform, which is on every major social network, recently launched native advertising in its mobile app.
22:55 // 11 months ago
April 19, 2013
We get stories much faster than we can make sense of them, informed by cellphone pictures and eyewitnesses found on social networks and dubious official sources like police scanner streams. Real life moves much slower than these technologies. There’s a gap between facts and comprehension, between finding some pictures online and making sense of how they fit into a story. What ends up filling that gap is speculation. On both Twitter and cable, people are mostly just collecting little factoids and thinking aloud about various possibilities. They’re just shooting the shit, and the excrement ends up flying everywhere and hitting innocent targets.

Farhad Manjoo, Slate. Breaking News Is Broken.

FJP: Two things here — Adopt a slow news diet or pay very close attention to how you follow breaking news. Else, as Farhad suggests, take a long walk.

(via futurejournalismproject)

Also worth reading.

(via poynterinstitute)

15:37 // 12 months ago
April 15, 2013
BREAKING: An explosion has been reported near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (photo via @Boston_to_a_T; ht Evan Fleischer)
EDIT: Check Boston.com’s liveblog for more details.
SECOND EDIT: One early report has the injury count at more than 50.
THIRD EDIT: Please follow our Boston Marathon Explosion tag for more details on this story as we receive them.

BREAKING: An explosion has been reported near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (photo via @Boston_to_a_T; ht Evan Fleischer)

EDIT: Check Boston.com’s liveblog for more details.

SECOND EDIT: One early report has the injury count at more than 50.

THIRD EDIT: Please follow our Boston Marathon Explosion tag for more details on this story as we receive them.

15:06 // 1 year ago
January 25, 2013
10:32 // 1 year ago
January 9, 2013
16:48 // 1 year ago
bobbycaputo:

BREAKING: NEW YORK (WABC) — A commuter ferry had a hard landing when it pulled into a Lower Manhattan pier, injuring at least 53 people Wednesday morning.
The Seastreak ferry hit the dock pulling into Pier 11 of the South Street Seaport just before 9 a.m., opening a large gash on the starboard side of the bow.
At least 53 people were being treated, including one person with a head injury. Seven of the injuries were considered serious, and 25 victims are listed in stable condition. Officials say 21 suffered minor injuries.
Passenger Chris Avore estimates that there were hundreds of passengers on board at the time. The ferry carries as many as 400.
“Nothing seemed like it was going to be out of the ordinary,” he said. “There was once or twice where I was talking with a colleague where we actually thought it was coming in a little hot near Brooklyn, where we’re not used to seeing it. Then the next thing we knew, you feel the jolt and then everybody goes flying.”
None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, but several people could be seen being taken from the ferry on stretchers. It was believed they were being taken to New York Downtown Hospital for treatment. Dozens of passengers, as many as 60, were being evaluated on the dock in a makeshift triage area and on the ferry.
“Once you basically pass the Statue of Liberty, you pretty much know that you’re going to be there soon, so a lot of people start standing up, milling around, getting their coats and everything like that,” Avore said. “Anybody who was standing went to the ground.”
Most of the injuries were on the upper level, where the people were standing while waiting to disembark. The man who suffered the head injury apparently fell down the stairs, possibly cracking the window.
The ferry was the 8 a.m. from the Conner’s Pier in Highlands, New Jersey, to the Wall Street area. It was scheduled to arrive at Pier 11 at 8:45 a.m.
LINK: PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE

Holy wow. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one, guys.

bobbycaputo:

A commuter ferry had a hard landing when it pulled into a Lower Manhattan pier, injuring at least 53 people Wednesday morning.

The Seastreak ferry hit the dock pulling into Pier 11 of the South Street Seaport just before 9 a.m., opening a large gash on the starboard side of the bow.

At least 53 people were being treated, including one person with a head injury. Seven of the injuries were considered serious, and 25 victims are listed in stable condition. Officials say 21 suffered minor injuries.

Passenger Chris Avore estimates that there were hundreds of passengers on board at the time. The ferry carries as many as 400.

“Nothing seemed like it was going to be out of the ordinary,” he said. “There was once or twice where I was talking with a colleague where we actually thought it was coming in a little hot near Brooklyn, where we’re not used to seeing it. Then the next thing we knew, you feel the jolt and then everybody goes flying.”

None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, but several people could be seen being taken from the ferry on stretchers. It was believed they were being taken to New York Downtown Hospital for treatment. Dozens of passengers, as many as 60, were being evaluated on the dock in a makeshift triage area and on the ferry.

“Once you basically pass the Statue of Liberty, you pretty much know that you’re going to be there soon, so a lot of people start standing up, milling around, getting their coats and everything like that,” Avore said. “Anybody who was standing went to the ground.”

Most of the injuries were on the upper level, where the people were standing while waiting to disembark. The man who suffered the head injury apparently fell down the stairs, possibly cracking the window.

The ferry was the 8 a.m. from the Conner’s Pier in Highlands, New Jersey, to the Wall Street area. It was scheduled to arrive at Pier 11 at 8:45 a.m.

LINKPHOTOS FROM THE SCENE

Holy wow. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one, guys.

10:20 // 1 year ago
December 19, 2012
nbcnews:


TIME Person of the Year: President Obama
(Photo: TIME)
In addition to President Obama, the short list for Person of the Year included Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!; Mohammed Morsi, president of Egypt; Undocumented Americans; Bill and Hillary Clinton; Malala Yousafzai, the student activist from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban; Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple; and the Higgs Boson and Italian physicist Fabiola Giannati.
Read the complete story.


He won a second term. His signature piece of legislation passed judicial muster. He still has weaknesses (see: drones), but ultimately he’s looking a lot stronger in 2012 than he was in 2011. Seems like an obvious one. Side note: Based on the Flickr iOS app alone — a clear sign that things are turning around at Yahoo — Marissa Mayer would have been an awesome choice.

nbcnews:

TIME Person of the Year: President Obama

(Photo: TIME)

In addition to President Obama, the short list for Person of the Year included Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!; Mohammed Morsi, president of Egypt; Undocumented Americans; Bill and Hillary Clinton; Malala Yousafzai, the student activist from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban; Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple; and the Higgs Boson and Italian physicist Fabiola Giannati.

Read the complete story.

He won a second term. His signature piece of legislation passed judicial muster. He still has weaknesses (see: drones), but ultimately he’s looking a lot stronger in 2012 than he was in 2011. Seems like an obvious one. Side note: Based on the Flickr iOS app alone — a clear sign that things are turning around at Yahoo — Marissa Mayer would have been an awesome choice.

(via nbcnews)

8:29 // 1 year ago