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CNN Looking to ‘Revolutionize’ Newsgathering With Twitter/Dataminr Parternship

CNN304x200CNN announced a new partnership with Twitter and New-York based technology company Dataminr Wednesday.

As our sister-site Lost Remote reports, “Dataminr for News” will offer CNN a leg up on the competition by expanding traditional news tips from phone and email to Twitter.

Dataminr uses an advanced algorithm to home in on similar sets of tweets around the world, thus alerting its clients to trends—or breaking news— potentially from the moment it’s first tweeted about.

“It is really about how we gather news,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said at a press event announcing the launch. “At our core, that is who we are and what we are about. News-gathering is the key to everything that we do, and that is what we are very focused on.”

“We think it is revolutionary for newsgathering,” SVP of CNN.com K.C. Estenson said, jokingly calling it to “bionic vision for our reporters.”

The network has already been testing the program for six months, using it on-air for about two stories a day, including this past weekend’s Maryland mall shooting, and during the Nelson Mandela memorial service, when Dataminr alerted CNN to the most shared Mandela photos online. CNN then used those photos on-air.

Will the revolution stop at just newsgathering? The network says there are no plans to build specific segments or shows around the service.

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The Most Memorable Stories of 2013 for TV News Hosts Were…

Giner Zee paraglidingTV news wrapped 2013 with end-of-year review shows featuring signature  moments, and TVNewser asked some of broadcast and cable news’ biggest stars what their top stories of last year were.

“GMA’s” Ginger Zee picked two: her adventure feeding vultures while paragliding in Nepal, and covering the death of one of her mentors, storm chaser Tim Samaras.

“CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King picked both a serious and more light-hearted story:

“It’s hard to call the death of Nelson Mandela a favorite story, but it was an honor to be able to attend his funeral and burial services and share it with the CBS audience,” King said. Dishing about legendary actress Shirley MacLaine’s personal life was also a highlight for King:

“I was curious about her love life. She’s happily single, so I asked her if booty calls and friends with benefits were an option these days. Her response: ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ We all cracked up over that one. Thank you Shirley!”

The tragic Oklahoma tornado stands out for “Today’s” Al Roker. Read more

With CNN Experimenting at 10pm, ‘AC360 Later’ is MIA

anderson_cooperIf you haven’t noticed, “AC360 Later” has not aired on CNN for close to two weeks, with CNN airing documentaries, “AC360″ replays, and an Anderson Cooper Newtown special in its place.

The show has been off-air for nine consecutive weeknights, and has aired just three times in December. The last airing was December 5, a huge news day surrounding Nelson Mandela‘s death.

As of that date, the quarter-to-date avaerage for “AC360 Later”—which debuted in mid-September—was 492,000 total viewers and 160,000 A25-54 viewers.

The documentaries airing in its place in December, “Newtown: One Year Later” on December 11, and “An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story” (two-hour documentary starting at 9pm) on December 12, registered 294,000 total viewers/101,000 A25-54 viewers and an average of 567,000 total viewers/167,000 A25-54 viewers, respectively.

On three of the nights the show did not air (Dec. 9-11), Cooper was in South Africa covering the Mandela memorial service. Cooper was back in studio this week, but replays of “AC360″ have aired at 10pm.

Upon its premiere, the show was dubbed as a Monday-Thursday program. A network spokesperson declined to comment on the status of “AC360 Later.”

Anderson Cooper on Santa Controversy: ‘Don’t Even Know If I’m White Anymore’

Anderson CooperAnderson Cooper was in South Africa covering the death of Nelson Mandela last week when Megyn Kelly made her controversial comments about Santa’s race, so he weighed in on the debate on last night’s “Ridiculist.”

After revealing he failed in his quest to get answers directly from Santa, Cooper posed several questions.

“This whole debate is very confusing to me,” Cooper said. “What about the nine ladies dancing, the eight maids and milking…are they white? Suddenly I feel like I need to know: is Frosty the Snowman white? What about the little drummer boy? Frankly, I don’t even know if I’m white anymore.” Read more

Santa Claus Joins Cable News Wars

The cable news wars between Fox News and MSNBC escalated this week, with Fox News and MSNBC taking shots at each other over everything from deceptive editing to Santa Claus.

On “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday, Bill O’Reilly called Al Sharpton a “flat out deceiver” after Sharpton aired a clip of O’Reilly calling Nelson Mandela a “communist” but left out the part where he also called him a “great man”:

Last night, O’Reilly’s 8pm counterpart Chris Hayes offered some holiday jeer for Megyn Kelly, calling her comments that Santa and Jesus were white “bizarre” in an interview with the author of the Slate article that prompted Kelly’s segment: Read more

Gwen Ifill: Media ‘Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture’ During Mandela Coverage

gwen ifillPBS News anchor Gwen Ifill says the media “lost sight of the bigger picture” while covering the death of Nelson Mandela. In a PBS blog post, she writes the focus was on non-stories, including the fake interpreter tasked with translating the service into sign language:

There is no question it was an insult to the world’s deaf and an international security threat to have a man on stage whose defense for not knowing sign language was that he could be violently schizophrenic. But did that deserve more attention on a day when thousands gathered in Pretoria — in long lines that reminded me of the first free South African elections — to pay final tribute to Mandela?

I never cease to marvel how efficiently we can minimize real news – whether it be rare proof that Washington has a little bipartisanship left, or history unfolding on another continent.

I’d feel a little better if we could at least try to remember the big picture.

[h/t Huffington Post]

Jay Carney and White House Press Corps Battle Over Access

Jay CarneyWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney was grilled by reporters at this afternoon’s briefing over a lack of photographer access to President Obama.

The exchange comes after the New York Times published an opinion piece from AP photography director Santiago Lyon who took the administration to task for “systematically” bypassing independent media photographers in favor of official White House photos.

Reporters questioned Carney about a lack of photo access to President Obama during this week’s trip to South Africa. Carney, a former TIME magazine reporter, expressed sympathy for their frustration, promising to do more. But the press corps was having none of it. Read more

‘Today’ Apologizes for Bad Sign Language Joke

Today Sign Language‘Today” apologized for a bad sign language joke that happened during its third hour Wednesday.

The joke in question happened during a conversation about the authenticity of the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela‘s memorial. During the segment, a pop-up appeared on the bottom part of the screen with a show staffer signing. The hosts immediately objected. An apology came later via Twitter:

“No, no, guys don’t do it,” Natalie Morales said, waving at her producers to stop. “Guys let’s not do that.”

“No, no, no…wrong,” Al Roker said, putting his head down in frustration.

“That is horrific,” Morales concluded.

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How Juan Williams Landed His Nelson Mandela Interview

Juan WilliamsJournalists from around world pulled out all the stops to land an interview with Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison 23 years ago. And Fox News Channel’s Juan Williams was among them.

Williams, then a reporter with The Washington Post found that going the extra mile for the future South African president paid off.

On Roland Martin‘s radio show, Williams said he was able to land the interview, by helping Mandela write thank you notes.

“They were throwing me out when [Mandela] said, ‘No, if you can handle some mail and want to write some letters for me…’ because he was getting all his congratulatory mail for getting out of prison.”

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ABC News Graphic Used at Mandela Memorial Service

abc news graphic mandela

ABC News’ Nelson Mandela obit graphic was shown on the jumbotron at FNB Stadium during President Barack Obama’s remarks at the memorial service yesterday. The graphic, which was designed by ABC News digital designer Ma’ayan Rosenzweig, was tweeted by ABC News last week and has since been retweeted more than 31,000 times.

[Photo credit: Kevin LaMarque / Reuters]

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