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WSB GM Says He Wants Departing Meteorologist to Stay

wsb304WSB GM Tim McVay wrote a note to viewers on the station’s facebook page yesterday saying he wants departing meteorologist David Chandley to stay but is prepared if he doesn’t.

Yesterday TVSpy reported Chandley was leaving WSB because he always wanted to be a chief meteorologist. Currently, he is one of five meteorologists on staff at WSB. Current chief Glenn Burns has been at the station since 1981.

“Although I still hope that David will change his mind and stay with Channel 2, we congratulate him on the great work he’s done while a member of Severe Weather Team 2,” wrote McVay.

But McVay added the station has a plan if Chandley leaves, “If he doesn’t return we will begin looking for the person to join Chief Meteorologist Glenn BurnsKaren MintonBrad Nitz and our newest Severe Weather Team 2 member, Katie Walls.” Read more

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KNBC Photographer’s ‘Do You Have Pics?’ Tweet Sparks Debate

Was KNBC photographer Kenny Holmes being insensitive—or simply smart—when he used Twitter to reach out to a person who claimed to be one of the riders stuck on a disabled California roller coaster Monday?

Four people were injured when a tree branch fell onto the track of the Ninja, a 2,700 foot ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Shortly after the accident, Holmes used Twitter to find a user named Israel who may have been one of the 22 riders who had to be rescued from the coaster by firefighters. “Stuck upside down on Ninja at Six Flags…scary. The news is here as well” he tweeted.

Holmes reached out with his own tweet:

That tweet was quickly pounced on as an example of uncaring media interested only in getting those exclusive photos, with one person sending a mocking tweet, “Stay classy @NBCLA @KHOLMESlive. “You haven’t been rescued yet, might fall, but u have pics bro?”

Holmes, who also reached out to relatives of potential victims of the coaster accident on Twitter, defended himself, saying he confirmed “Israel” was no longer on the ride, and not in danger of falling—actually, he’d never even been on the ride, but had sent out the “stuck upside down” tweet as a joke. Read more

Jackie Orozco Apologizes For Posting ‘Smiling’ Picture at Murder Scene

WOFL reporter Jackie Orozco has apologized on Twitter for posting a picture at the scene of a double homicide over the weekend.

Orozco, who has worked at Fox-owned WOFL in Orlando since 2013, posted a picture of her and her photographer at the scene with the caption: “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems”

See the photo after the jump. Read more

KXTV Interviews ‘Sexy Mugshot Guy’

When Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot hit the internets last week, he became the latest social media sensation sweeping the nation.

Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV sat down with Meeks and interviewed him through the glass in jail.

The station admitted off the top that some don’t think he’s much of a story and also reminded viewers Meeks got his picture taken because he is a convicted felon who was caught carrying a weapon.

According to KXTV, Meeks wanted to set the record straight about his new found fame.

“Well I appreciate that, but I just want you to know that this is really not me.” Meeks told KXTV reporter Nick Monacelli. “Like, I’m not some kingpin.”

WLOX Anchor Apologizes For Suggesting the LGBT Community ‘Go on Gaycation’

dave elliott wlox fb postWLOX anchor Dave Elliott has apologized for a Facebook post saying the LGBT community has “been in the news too much lately” and should “go on gaycation.”

“I’m all for the LGBT community’s ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But, it seems they’ve been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation,.. [sic] just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!” Elliott wrote on his personal Facebook page, according to a screenshot published by Jim Romenesko.

GulfLive.com reports Elliott later posted an apology. “I recently made an insensitive and unprofessional Facebook post regarding the LGBT community. I did not choose my words wisely and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by it. I’ve advocated for justice and equality my entire life,” Elliott wrote. “I hope this heartfelt apology is accepted in the spirit in which it is being made.”

WPIX Helps Father See Deceased Son’s Facebook ‘Lookback Video’

WPIX_facebookJohn Berlin wanted to use the latest facebook campaign as a way to remember his 22-year-old son Jesse who died two years ago.

As part of the social site’s tenth anniversary, facebook offers users the chance to see a 62 second video featuring highlights of past posts set to music .

Berlin posted a video to YouTube that soon went viral asking facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to allow him access to his deceased son’s facebook profile so he could watch his son’s “lookback video.”

Alyssa Zauderer of the WPIX web team got in contact with facebook which told the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate it was working on helping Berlin out, but had no way of contacting him.

WPIX gave facebook Berlin’s contact info. Facebook told the station, “The video will be ready either tonight or tomorrow morning.” Watch the WPIX story after the jump. Read more

How Former TV Reporter Toan Lam Became a Social Activist

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In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do series, we interviewed Toan Lam, the founder of the nonprofit social-activism site GoInspireGo.com.

Lam began his TV career as a local news reporter in 2001 at an ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wis. He’s also worked as a reporter for NBC stations in Los Angeles and Midland, Texas; and then a CBS station in Fresno, Calif. While a reporter at an independent station in San Francisco, Lam got the opportunity to report for a syndicated show on Asian-American lifestyles called Pacific Fusion. Afterward, he hosted a PBS show called California Heartland. 

The journo had always loved storytelling, and being a reporter seemed like a logical step. And yet, it wasn’t enough. Lam, who looked up to Oprah Winfrey as a kid, had a desire to tell inspiring stories of people doing good. And that’s exactly what he ended up doing.

I didn’t want to do car chases and murders and political scandals anymore. What if, instead of bringing that into people’s living rooms, what if I brought good news into people’s homes? So I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to quit my job in a month.’ It was December of 2008. I’m going to take six months to a year, and I’ll live off of the little savings that I have and just go out and tell these stories. And it was a hobby. I thought it would be fun. My dream job would be going around and interviewing people that are doing awesome things, both big and small. I just wanted to inspire people to also then use their power to help other people. Guess what? Next day I go in [to work], I get laid off. [laughs] And I was like, ‘Whoo-hoo, this is awesome!’

To hear more from Lam, including details on the stories he’s now telling, read: So What Do You Do, Toan Lam, ‘Chief Inspirator’ for Social Activism Site GoInspireGo.com?

Why ABC’s Jonathan Karl Uses Twitter ‘In Doses’

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In the old days, a good reporter’s responsibilities included pounding the pavement (or the phone), getting the story, and writing it up for that evening’s newscast or next day’s paper.

As ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl tells mediabistroTV in part two of Media Beat those days are long gone.

Social media has changed the game, adding the need for reporters to both monitor and engage. An early “reluctant adapter” to Twitter, Karl now says it’s impossible to cover his beat without it. But he cautions against overuse: “You can’t be distracted by all that stuff.”

And what advice does he have for up and coming reporters in this new digital age? Don’t forget the basics.

Former KIRO Traffic Anchor Develops an App to Curate Tweets for Live TV

hoganOur sister site Lost Remote talks with former KIRO traffic anchor Jenni Hogan, who left the station to develop an app that curates viewer tweets for live broadcasts:

TVinteract is Hogan’s creation for iPads that allows TV personalities the ability to pick their favorite fan tweets, and air them live on TV. How it works is a TV personality can look at their @mentions on the left side of the app screen, and drag the tweets they like over to the right and hit live. This automatically flags the tweet to the show’s director, who can then bring the tweet live to air through airplay or HDMI cable.

Lost Remote spoke with Hogan, who told us her love for social TV drove her to leave her traffic anchoring job in Seattle. “I made the decision my heart was with social media and social TV,” Hogan said. “I feel like I have this army on the rise supporting me.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Thanks KTVI’s Chris Hayes For Fielding Misdirected Tweets

A funny moment on MSNBC’s “All In” Tuesday night: Chris Hayes thanked KTVI investigative reporter Chris Hayes for his patience fielding tweets intended for the MSNBC host (video above).

“By all accounts, he’s an intrepid reporter,” Hayes said. “…Night after night he’s bombarded on Twitter by people who think that they’re interacting with this show. And the thing is, he couldn’t be nicer to them!”

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