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How Dana Bash and Kelly O’Donnell Used Social Media to Report on the Shutdown

dana bash shutdownThe AP’s David Bauder takes a look at coverage of the government shutdown, noting the crisis “taught some reporters new benefits of virtually instant communications.” CNN’s Dana Bash and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell told Bauder social media was crucial to their reports during the three weeks the government was closed:

Social media was a big help, O’Donnell said. She would hear from people outside the Capitol cocoon through Twitter and email, with many raising questions she used in her reporting. She was asked how the shutdown would affect Social Security or back pay for government workers. NBC used a “dearcongress” hashtag on Twitter to encourage questions.

“That was a real-time experience of the shutdown that did not compare to anything in a crisis that we had covered before,” O’Donnell said.

[...] In the past, Bash said she’d often need to plead with producers for time off the air to report. In this case, it wasn’t really necessary: Her sources would text, tweet or email information while she was on the air. When President Barack Obama spoke to the nation on Thursday, Bash had instant reaction from several Republicans minutes after he left the podium.

The Interview Ticker: Miley/NBC, Lew/FBN, Reid/CNN

  • NBC’s “Today” has secured the “first live TV interview” since the MTV Video Music Awards with pop star Miley Cyrus. Cyrus is hosting NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and will also perform on the morning show Monday, before being interviewed by Matt Lauer.

  • Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman has secured the first TV interview with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew since the government shutdown. The Lew interview will air at 4 PM ET.

Here Are The TV News Reporters Congress Follows on Twitter

TV news reporters and anchors are terrific sources of news and analysis when it comes to Congress. So it isn’t surprising that members of Congress aggressively follow certain members of the news media on Twitter. New York looked at the outlets and journalists that Congress follows on the social site, breaking it down by party affiliation.

Politico’s Mike Allen is the most followed journalist by both Republicans and Democrats, but things top end up splitting down ideological lines from there.

The top TV news journalist is NBC’s Chuck Todd, who places second to Allen. Fox News’ Chad Pergram is number three, with CNN’s Jake Tapper fourth. NBC’s David Gregory is sixth, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is seventh, FNC’s Bret Baier is eighth, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is ninth and CNN’s Dana Bash is 10th.

Republicans and Democrats do differ in their tastes, however. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has more follows than any other TV personality among Democrats, while Andrea Mitchell places sixth. Chris Matthews, Anderson Cooper and Chris Hayes also make the cut in the top 20. Among Republicans, Fox News dominates, With Pergram second, Baier third, Karl Rove fourth and Dana Perino fifth. Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, Mike Huckabee and Neil Cavuto also crack the top 20.

NY Mag has more here.

The Afternoon Ticker: Walters, Duncan, Bash

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters gets the first interview with Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, the parents of George Zimmerman. The interview airs tonight on “World News” and “Nightline,” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”

  • Jericka Duncan has been named a correspondent for CBS Newspath. Duncan joins from CBS-owned KYW-TV in Philadelphia where she’d been a reporter since August 2010. She’s already on the job with her first story, about an Indiana sand dune that swallowed a 8-year-old.

‘New Day’ Review: CNN’s New Morning Family Grills, Overdone

The debut of CNN’s “New Day” this morning can be summed up with my favorite Oscar Wilde quote: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

As promised by senior executive producer Jim Murphy, the hyper-promoted 6-to-9amET broadcast – sorry, Soledad O’Brien — had tons o’ news and, at times, a “comfy and conversational tone,” but both were presented in wretched excess.

With gray-suited Chris Cuomo sandwiched between Christmas co-anchors Kate Bolduan (green dress) and Michaela Pereira (red dress), segments ran at a dizzying pace. That’s heavy voltage before breakfast.

Moreover, CNN dragged out practically its whole roster of correspondents for live talk backs. By my count, there were eight in the first eight packages alone. It was overkill, even for network boss Jeff Zucker.

The lead story was about a new CNN poll that showed Pres. Obama’s plummeting popularity. Cuomo chatted up John King. One story later, “New Day” went to that well again, this time with Dana Bash as Cuomo’s partner. Let’s hear it for moderation.

Lest we forget, HLN’s Nancy Grace popped up at about 8:20 to rant about two missing-child cases. She did not disappoint. In her usual high dudgeon, she acted like a “Saturday Night Live” parody of herself. I hope she never ups her meds.

As for the “comfy and conversational” aspect, that, too, was overdone. While Bolduan and Pereira gabbed like girlfriends around the glass table, the uber-intense Cuomo seemed uneasy and out of place. Face it, the guy can make a lost-kitten story sound like a mass murder.

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CNN Wins RTCA Awards, Livingston Award

CNN has won three awards over the past 24 hours. The network won two awards at the Radio/Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner last night and a Livingston Award for an online multimedia feature this afternoon.

CNN took home two of the four awards presented at RTCA event. Chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash and senior producer Deirdre Walsh won the Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in congressional reporting and senior photojournalist Tony Umrani won the Jerry Thompson Award for excellence in photojournalism. The BBC and WTOP’s Dave McConnell were also honored with awards.

“Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stronghold,” a multimedia feature by CNN Digital’s John Sutter and Edythe McNamee, was also announced as a Livingston Award winner this afternoon.

“There are a lot of ways we know our programming is making an impact. These types of awards are an important one,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker wrote to staffers in a memo this afternoon. “Congratulations to everyone involved, and thanks for your continued hard work.”

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TV News To Cover (And Possibly Be Part Of) Benghazi Hearing

This morning starting at 11:30, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on what exactly happened during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four people, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Fox News and CNN are planning live coverage of the hearings, with CNN bringing in Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer and Arwa Damon to join the coverage. Fox News will have Bret Baier, Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, chief Washington correspondent James Rosen and Fox News contributor and Amb. John Bolton contributing.

Interestingly enough, it is quite likely that the Sunday public affairs shows will be part of the story. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice appeared on the network Sunday shows and argued that the attack was spontaneous and not premeditated. That now appears not to be the case, and some State Department officials say they knew that all along.

Elsewhere, The Washington Post profiles CBS News correspondent Sharyl Atkisson as “a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi.”
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CNN Plans Two-Day Special Report On Gun Background Checks

CNN is getting political day during a two-day special report on firearms background checks. “Guns Under Fire: A CNN Special Report on Background Checks” will kick-off this evening on “AC360″ as Dana Bash interviews former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Piers Morgan and Wolf Blitzer will also discuss the issue on their respective shows.

Wednesday, the channel will present a number of special reports on background checks, including interviews and analysis on the issue (see all the reports after the jump). The reasoning behind the special report? “According to the latest polls, 9 out of 10 Americans support tougher background checks, so how is it that Congress can do nothing?” the channel says in a release.
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Did CNN Just Help Michele Bachmann Raise Campaign Funds?

A breathless Dana Bash chased after Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann Tuesday trying to get her to respond to comments she made about Pres. Obama’s “lavish lifestyle” at CPAC last weekend. Determined though she was, Bash was not successful, and on top of it all, she probably has shin splints.

Last night on AC360, Bash and Anderson Cooper talked about the chase for answers, and came to the conclusion that just by covering this story, they end up helpping Rep. Bachmann.

“We do struggle in situations like this,” said Cooper, “because we want to call out politicians when they say things that are flat out untrue. With with congresswoman Bachmann it’s a double edged sword. She fund raises off this stuff.”

“We can be transparent with viewers,” said Bash. “We had a real discussion about this today because we know the more oxygen we give this, the more Bachmann will raise money off of this.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she uses this program, this report and another one tomorrow or beyond,” said Bash, adding, “But we’re doing our job.”

The Ticker: Morgan, Paul, Burgundy

  • Senator Rand Paul is making the rounds following his 13-hour filibuster yesterday. Paul spoke to Glenn Beck on his radio show and TV channel TheBlaze this morning, spoke to Dana Bash on CNN and will be on Fox News this afternoon to speak to Megyn Kelly.

  • “Anchorman 2″ has started filming in Atlanta. ABC News has pictures from the set, including shots of Harrison Ford who plays the “Tom Brokaw” to Will Ferrell‘s “Ron Burgundy.”

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