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Haiti: One Year Later

One year after the earth shook under Haiti, TV news reporters and anchors, producers and photographers, looked at the devastation and the recovery with return trips, special reports, and interviews with celebrities making a difference.

  • Fox News’ Bill Hemmer told Cincinnati Magazine that last year’s experience was like “traveling to the moon” because they “had to bring everything” with them to an island with “no electricity, in absolute desolation.” Fox News’ Steve Harrigan — who was there last year — went back to report on the tragedy.
  • CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper and Gary Tuchman are reporting from Haiti this week. Cooper talked to actor/humanitarian Sean Penn about his work in Haiti. (Update: Cooper stayed in New York for breaking news in Tucson, Ariz.)
  • MSNBC contributor and Senior Correspondent for TheGrio Jeff Johnson provided analysis from 30 Rock on his trip to Haiti last year.
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Soledad O’Brien Returns to Haiti

O'Brien_4.22.jpgCNN’s Soledad O’Brien returns to Haiti for a report on the children of the shattered nation.

“Rescued” is a one-hour special told through the eyes of two abandoned children and two American missionaries.

Musician Wyclef Jean will provide voice-overs of the Creole translations in the program, along with award-winning Haitian novelist Edwidge Danticat.

“From the moment I met the children at the Lighthouse orphanage, I knew I had to return to Haiti to help put a face on the hundreds of thousands of orphans living there,” said O’Brien in a press release. “Not only are they incredibly strong and inspiring, but they tell the larger story of Haiti and its struggles before and after the devastating earthquake.”

“Rescued” premieres tonight at 8pmET & PT. Click here for more information.

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Of Telethons & News and not ‘Blurring the Lines’

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As the dollars are being added up from tonight’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, a leading journalism organization is imploring reporters to not become a part of the story of the tragedy in Haiti.

While, the cause is noble and just, CNN continues to get flack for being too close to the fund-raising effort while also covering the news. Anderson Cooper was featured prominently in tonight’s two-hour broadcast — five times by our count — from the CNN perch in Port-au-Prince. At one point Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined him to discuss the dire medical situation. Both have been in-country since last Wednesday morning.

CooperClooney.jpgWhen the telethon ended at 10pmET, Cooper continued live on CNN anchoring his show, including an interview with telethon organizer, actor George Clooney.

Another of the telethon’s hosts, Haitian-born Wyclef Jean even included Cooper’s name and his network in the closing song as it aired across the broadcast spectrum on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and, in New York, on the News Corp.-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate, WWOR as well as countless cable channels.

And while MSNBC was among the channels to carry the concert, Fox News and HLN did not, sticking with regular programming instead. MSNBC pushed back the airings of Olbermann and Maddow at 10pm and 11pm, respectively.

As for the news media both covering and advocating, the Society of Professional Journalists has weighed in and is asking reporters to be cautious.

“Advocacy, self promotion, offering favors for news and interviews, injecting oneself into the story or creating news events for coverage is not objective reporting,” writes SPJ president Kevin Smith.

“News organizations must use caution to avoid blurring the lines between being a participant and being an objective observer,” Smith said.

What do you think? Our poll on the issue, first published last week, remains open…


In general, how do you feel about the intervention by anchors and reporters in Haiti?(polls)

ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN To Broadcast ‘Hope for Haiti’ Telethon Next Friday

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MTV Networks is presenting “Hope for Haiti,” a global telethon to air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT next Friday at 8pm ET/PT. “Hope for Haiti” will be led by CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Haiti, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and Wyclef Jean in New York City.

The two-hour telethon will feature musical performances and celebrity appearances as well as live news reports from CNN.

More in the press release after the jump…

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