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Covering Ebola: ‘It’s So Easy to Stoke the Fear Instead of Talking Plain’

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportFor correspondents tasked with covering the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there is a fine line to be walked with each and every report: where is the balance between informing and scaring?

“I always flip-flop in my mind. Ebola: it’s really scary. The fact that it jumped through borders by plane in Nigeria: scary,” NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman tells TVNewser. “But when responsible people say you must be in close proximity to someone and be exposed to vomit, diarrhea, blood [to be infected] — it’s not casual. I want people to know that we don’t make that stuff up. It’s to reassure and to tell the truth. I believe fervently that the public has a right to know. And my job is to tell people the truth. Even on the scary days, tell them the truth.”

“We’re going to keep all eyes on Atlanta right now as long as the two Americans are hospitalized,” she added. “The CDC has been extraordinarily transparent in the calls they’re getting and samples they’re getting. And as a reporter, it’s still all eyes on Africa” (watch her report after the jump).

Ditto CNN International correspondent David McKenzie, who was the first reporter granted access to the main Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, one of the hardest-hit areas. McKenzie tells TVNewser that getting to the treatment center was crucial to examining the outbreak’s human impact. Read more

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NBC News Takes Viewers Inside Humanitarian Crisis of Syrian War

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As part of NBC News’s 48 hour live documentary “Forgotton: Syria’s Children of War,” NBC medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman took viewers through the intensive care unit of a Lebanese hospital that is overrun with patients from nearby Syrian refugee camps.

In the half hour live webcast beginning at NoonET, which, as we watched on NBCNews.com, streamed with almost no hiccups, Snyderman discussed some of the urgent needs of the newborns, including one (above) who had heart surgery this week. She also introduced a toddler who shows symptoms consistent with polio. If confirmed, this would be the first case of polio in Lebanon since the crisis began three years ago. Snyderman says she was able to visit the child — even sitting beside her in her hospital bed — because she’s had her booster shots.

Following the webcast, which included two live cameras, an audio operator and producer, Snyderman did a liveshot from the hospital for MSNBC. She’ll also report later for “Nightly News.” It’s the start of 48 hours of coverage on multiple NBC News platforms.

“Very rarely do people get to see the human cost of a lack preventive healthcare,” Snyderman told TVNewser after the webcast. “Syrian children are paying a high price of malnutrition, lack of vitamins, and stress. This was a chance to put a face on these children, the ones who are suffering the most.”

The Top Correspondents and Stories on Network Evening News in 2013 Were…

Tom CostelloNBC News correspondent Tom Costello got the most airtime on the evening newscasts in 2013 with 303 minutes on “NBC Nightly News.” David Muir was next with 296 minutes on “ABC World News,” and NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was third with 275 minutes on “Nightly.”

The numbers come from Andrew Tyndall‘s 2013 review of the most-covered stories and most-used correspondents.

The Boston Marathon bombing led the way in coverage, drawing 432 minutes across the three networks. CBS and NBC led the way with 157 and 156 minutes, respectively, with ABC presenting 119 minutes of coverage.

Tyndall was critical of ABC in this year’s report, suggesting 2013 was the year “ABC World News” “finally rejected” presenting a serious newscast.

ABC News is firing back: “Our mission is to give our viewers information that is relevant to their everyday lives,” ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser. “Winning the Murrow for Best Newscast in 2013 and enjoying our best season in 5 years is far more meaningful than Tyndall’s method that confuses quantity with quality. ”

Tyndall, it should be noted, charges clients $15,000 for his subscription service. ABC News stopped subscribing about 10 years ago. CBS and NBC are still clients.

Rounding out the top five correspondents with the most airtime:

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Here’s Who’s Covering Typhoon Haiyan

SmithTyphoonThe networks have dispatched correspondents to the Philippines to cover the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Here’s a list we’ve compiled so far:

Harry Smith and Dr. Nancy Snyderman are covering for NBC News from Tacloban and Manilla.

ABC’s Terry Moran is in Manila, and Gloria Riviera is reporting from Tacloban.

CBS News correspondent Seth Doane is in the region.

CNN’s Senior international correspondent Ivan Watson, CNNI anchor Andrew Stevens and correspondent Paula Hancocks are in Tacloban, while CNNI anchor Kristie Lu Stout reports from Manila. Anna Coren is in Cebu. And Anderson Cooper will anchor his show from the Philippines tonight.

Fox News has correspondent David Piper reporting from Bangkok.

Marga Ortigas of Al Jazeera English is in Manilla.

  • To see how the story is being covered by Filipino TV news, here’s a website that does what we do — and it even has a similar name.

Matt Lauer And Al Roker Get Prostate Exams Live On ‘Today’

Today colonoscopy Matt Lauer and Al Roker both went to the doctor this morning — during the “Today” show — getting live prostate exams as part of NBC’s men’s health initiative, “No Shave November.” Oh, did we mention it’s also sweeps?

Dr. David Samadi—Lauer’s personal urologist—gave the “Today” men closed door exams, which chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, dubbed a “digital rectal exam.”

“It doesn’t hurt at all, and it took 34 seconds,” Lauer said upon coming out of his exam. “Is it the best 34 seconds of your life?…probably not, but if in 34 seconds, a guy like this can detect something that might save your life, what are we talking about?”

Today womenThe doctor came armed with jokes too, shooting back: “Well what he doesn’t know is I had to lose five pounds in order to make my finger looser,” which generated both stunned looks and giggles from the show’s female hosts back on set, and probably millions of cringes around America.

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Norah O’Donnell, Mika Brzezinski Attend Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

This week was the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Among the participants: Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Judy Woodruff of PBS; Norah O’Donnell and Lesley Stahl of CBS News; Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News; Becky Quick of CNBC; Fox News panelist Nina Easton and CNN political consultant Hilary Rosen.

Brian Williams Taking Leave Of Absence For Knee Replacement Surgery

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will undergo replacement surgery on his right knee next week and will be off the program for at least a few weeks. His knee problems date back to a high school football injury.

Williams dedicated a segment on “Nightly” tonight to the procedure, bringing on Dr. Nancy Snyderman to explain it. Snyderman reported it can take anywhere from three weeks to three months before those who undergo the procedure can walk somewhat normally, and up to a year for a full recovery.

Lester Holt will fill in for Williams while he is out.

Williams joked about it on “Late Show with David Letterman” a few weeks ago: “I want to come back almost a little TOO early, gooned on medication – I think it’ll be great viewing.” See that after the jump…

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Here’s The Rundown For The Final Edition Of NBC’s ‘Rock Center’

Friday evening is the final episode of NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” the primetime newsmagzine that launched in late 2011. “Rock Center” was shuffled across multiple timeslots on multiple nights over the course of its one and a half year run, and never really found a groove.

For the final edition of the program, Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Chelsea Clinton will have reports, along with the final edition of the “Rock Bottom” segment with Williams himself. Details on those reports are in the rundown after the jump.

A wrap party for the show is set for next Wednesday, insiders tell us.

NBC announced that it would be canceling “Rock Center” right before its upfront presentation in May, and layoffs followed soon thereafter, although many staffers were able to be placed elsewhere in NBC News.
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The Ticker: Education Nation, ‘Frontline,’ Growing Up Online

  • The 2013 edition of NBC News’ “Education Nation” will once again be hosted at the New York Public Library. The summit will be held October 6-8, and will feature panels hosted by NBC News talent. Education Nation content will also be featured across NBCU’s properties.

President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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