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NBC News Producer’s Sons Were Inside Peshawar School During Attack

jibran_f600bf42a80f7dc47ee5370f425c7c54.nbcnews-ux-640-360An award-winning NBC News producer, Mushtaq Yusufzai, has detailed his personal experience as the father of two boys who were inside the Army Public School in Peshawar when it came under Taliban attack Tuesday. He was confronted with two challenges: caring for his family, and covering the story. “It was the most difficult day of my career.”

Yusufzai has covered Pakistan for NBC News, working from his base in Peshawar. His sons, Jibran, 8 (pictured), and Daniyal, 13, were unhurt in the attack. But Yusufzai didn’t know that for hours, as he tried to get answers on their fate–and provide NBC News with on-the-ground reporting:

For five hours we had no idea where my sons were and couldn’t speak to them. I had to console my wife who was weeping on the telephone. But I’m a journalist, too, so I was calling to learn about my kids and on the other hand had to inform my colleagues and the desk about developments.

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Ayman Mohyeldin Moves to New York, Will Fill-In Anchor for MSNBC

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.56.13 PMNBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin announced via Instagram an expanded role at the network, moving to New York where he will do fill-in anchoring at MSNBC, while also continuing in his role as foreign correspondent for NBC News:

It’s official! Happy to announce that I’ve relocated to New York…Still a foreign correspondent for NBC News but will also be taking on additional roles as a news correspondent and anchor across MSNBC shows too.

Mohyeldin made news over the summer, when he witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four Palestinian boys. Despite Mohyeldin’s presence at the scene, the story was reported for “NBC Nightly News” by Richard Engel. Mohyeldin was later pulled from Gaza by NBC, citing “safety concerns” only to have the decision overturned after a petition campaign.

NBC and CBS Snag DuPont Awards for Tornado, Newtown Coverage

baton-4_3_r560-300x225NBC News and CBS News both earned Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards today for breaking news coverage.

NBC News wins for its “Devastation in Oklahoma” that aired on Dateline and Nightly News in the wake of the massive tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma.

CBS News get an award for its coverage round the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This coverage included an inaccurate report from CBS and other networks on gunman Adam Lanza’s mother being a teacher at the school, which CBS  acknowledged they got wrong.

A number of local TV stations and a partnership between Univision News and the Center for Investigative Journalism also won awards. The full list of winners here.

Whither The Primetime Newsmagazine?

With NBC’s “Rock Center” ending tonight, the NY TimesBrian Stelter asks whether it is even possible to launch a new, wide-ranging TV newsmagzine in today’s media environment.

With “Rock Center” ending, “there will be a real lack of real estate for this type of storytelling,” said one staff member. The program was a rare outlet for interviews and investigations that lasted longer than a few minutes. (Typically the program had three to five stories an hour. Once in a while the hour was devoted to a single subject; two highlights mentioned by staffers were “Inside the Situation Room,” a recounting of the day that Osama bin Laden was killed, and an hour titled “Mormon in America.”)

“There’s a feeling of loss for the practice of long-form journalism, as hokey as that sounds,” said another staff member, who cited “60 Minutes” and another CBS program, “CBS Sunday Morning,” as two places where in-depth reporting can still be found on commercial television.

The NBC Ticker: Guns, Dateline, Science

  • NBC News is launching a company-wide initiative examining gun violence, gun legislation and gun ownership. All NBC News programs, as well as MSNBC, CNBC and NBC news Digital, will provide programming for the initiative, which is being called “Flashpoint: Guns in America.”

  • “Dateline” had a very strong Friday night. Leading in to “Rock Center” at 10 PM, the two-hour edition of the program had its best total viewership rating since September of 2011, with seven million viewers.

  • NBC news is partnering with the US Patent & Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation on an educational video series, ‘Science of Innovation.” Ann Curry will host the series, which highlights innovators and inventions. It will be available to NBC affiliates and schools across the country.

‘Today’ Moves Rockefeller Plaza Crowd Indoors And Out Of The Cold

It is cold in New York. Really cold.

At 7:30 morning it was 9 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City, not counting wind chill. The frigid weather kept the crowd that would normally gather around “Today”‘s Rockefeller Plaza studio smaller than normal. Rather than let their biggest fans freeze outside, the crew of NBC’s morning show decided to invite them in to escape the chill, all 26 of them.

Some of the fans even made it into a segment about families who have differing views on how warm the thermostat should be set.

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Democracy Plaza Returns for NBC News Networks

Rockefeller Plaza will once again turn into Democracy Plaza in the final week of the 2012 elections. The plaza will be the backdrop for Decision 2012 coverage for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, NBC News Channel, and WNBC in the week leading up to the election.

On election night, a giant map on the Rockefeller Center skating rink will be filled in as each state goes for either Obama or Romney while red and blue banners representing the electoral vote will climb the front of 30 Rockefeller Center.

Democracy Plaza will be free and open to the public beginning next Tuesday until election day with several interactive exhibits for visitors including replicas of the Oval Office and the White House press briefing room, a video booth and caricature artists roaming the plaza.

MediaPost: NBC News Plans To Launch Ads ‘That blur the line between editorial and brand content’ Update: Or Not?

MediaPost reports that NBC News (specifically NBC News Digital) is planning a shift away from advertising targeting demographics (i.e. adults 25-54, women 18-49, etc) and towards “personas” of news consumers, with names like “Always On,” “Skimmers,” “Veterans” and “Reporters.”

The news consumer personas, which were developed by NBC’s sales and research teams in conjunction with a variety of third-party research suppliers, essentially cluster news consumers into four main groups, based on how passionate they are about news and how much they utilize digital media to access it.

MediaPost also reports that NBC is planning to launch new advertising creative that blurs the line betwen editorial and advertising content. Update: NBC takes issue with that report. More below.

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NBC’s Steve Capus Honored With Emmy Board Of Governors Award

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented NBC News president Steve Capus with the Board of Governors Award in Philadelphia last week. Capus began his journalism career in Philadelphia.

“We often hear how the business of news is on the decline,” Capus said in his acceptance speech. “Sure, these are challenging times for any news organization, but they are also times of great opportunity to move the needle on important issues.

We are just weeks from the 2012 presidential election, and as journalists, it is our job to make sure the electorate is informed about the issues, the policies, the perspectives and the candidates,” he added. “Every day, I press my producers on the need to drive at the heart these issues, and to hold these candidates accountable—not just to 8-second sound bites, but to thoughtful discussions about their plans to shape this country.”

Education Nation, The U.N. and CGI: Obama and Romney Make the Rounds in New York City

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are in New York City today delivering major speeches — several in fact.

All three of the general cable news channels carried the morning’s first two speeches — Romney’s address to the Clinton Global Initiative in the 9amET hour and Obama’s address to the U.N. General Assembly in the 10amET hour — in their entirety.

While Obama spoke live at the U.N., his taped interview with “The View” was about to air on ABC while another taped interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie was being played at Education Nation, NBC’s annual multi-day gathering focusing on education challenges and solutions. Guthrie’s Obama sit-down aired shortly after 10:30amET, leading in to Romney’s live interview with Brian Williams at the summit.

TVNewser stopped by the Romney appearance at the New York Public Library, home of the third-annual Education Nation. “There are more burly people with weapons in this building right now than ever before — but enough about Steve Capus‘ senior staff,” Williams joked before he introduced Romney.

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