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VIDEO: Narrating Hockey Highlights, LA Sports Anchor Refers to Puck as ‘the Ball’

Even though the Los Angeles Kings are in the NHL western conference finals, the team has apparently failed to win the full attention of the city’s news stations. After KNBC mistook the Sacramento Kings of the NBA for the LA Kings last week, Fox O&O KTTV is stuck doing damage control over a segment that Yahoo! Sports described as “the worst highlight package of [the] NHL playoffs.”

KTTV sports anchor Liz Habib tried to will her way through an update on the Kings’ Game 3 victory last week that seemed doomed from the beginning (video above).

In addition to referring to the puck as “the ball,” Habib flubbed the names of two key Kings players–Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty. And then, as observant internet commenters have pointed out, KTTV’s graphics department used the old NHL logo. Read more

KNBC Live-Tweeting LA Riots to Mark Anniversary

KNBC is currently covering the 1992 LA riots in real time, on Twitter.

The Los Angeles NBC station recently launched the Twitter account @RealTimeLARiots with the intention of taking followers through a blow-by-blow account of the Rodney King trial and the subsequent riots that rocked Southern California 20 years ago. Read more

Facebook and Twitter Are Still Relatively Small Drivers for News

Facebook and Twitter are overrated.

According to the 2012 State of the News Media report by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, Facebook and Twitter are still relatively small drivers for news.  Many more people get their news online by going directly to a news website than they do by clicking on a social media recommendation.

Just 9% of Americans very often follow news recommendations from Facebook or Twitter, compared to 36% who very often go directly to a news website and 32% who find news by using a search engine. Read more

Meet the Twitter Account Behind Countless LOLs: @Channel11News

A new Twitter account popped up yesterday, lampooning local news teases. Its bio: “The most current news updates from the team you trust as much as your spouse.”

Meet @Channel11News

(Note: we have no connection to this account, although we kinda wish we did).

Social Media Falsely Accused in Spread of KPRC’s Dead Bodies Report

It was a story with the type of intrigue that triggers thousands of retweets: last Tuesday, Houston’s KPRC tweeted that dozens of bodies had been found at a location in rural Texas.

Spurred on by tweets from @BreakingNews and @nytimes, the story bounced around the internet on Tuesday afternoon. But in the end the police, acting on a tip from a psychic, didn’t end up finding any bodies.

The speed at which the eventual non-story traveled around the world gave many pause as they considered the responsibilities that news outlets have in using their Twitter and Facebook accounts to share developing stories. “Even in this age of intense competition and instant reporting,” wrote NPR blogger Mark Memmott, “it’s important for news outlets to remember that they should stick to what they know, not what they think on stories like this.” Read more

WWBT Reporter’s Camel Attack Goes Viral

“Why are you eating my hair?” WWBT general assignment reporter Tara Morgan asked a camel who had just attacked her during a stand-up shot (video above). Maybe the camel was trying to get famous.

The blooper video has been bouncing around online over the past week, landing the reporter and the camel on “Inside Edition” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and raising the profile of Morgan, who has been with WWBT since 2002.

While there are plenty of instances of local news gaffes becoming viral hits, the camel video is unique in that it’s being heavily promoted by Morgan as well as the station. Read more

Multitasking WSPA Anchor Amy Wood Interacts with Viewers Online During Newscasts

WSPA anchor Amy Wood, who solo anchors the 10 p.m. news on WSPA’s CW sister station in addition to co-anchoring the CBS-affiliate’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts, is, as Lost Remote puts it, “elevating multitasking to a new art form.”

Wood has amassed one of local TV’s most significant social media followings, as Lost Remote points out, in part by interacting with viewers online while she’s on the air.

“I solo anchor, run the foot pedal prompter, do the live streaming, keep an eye on comments, pick the best comments and throw them into script at the end of the show. It’s a multitaskers dream come true,” Wood says.

Wood, who currently has over 17,000 followers on Twitter and over 13,000 Likes on Facebook, uses time during newscast packages and commercial breaks to check in with her Carolina audience, making them a real-time part of the broadcast.

“There’s a powerful energizing connection that helps to keep every show fresh and interesting,” she says.

Hackers Take Over Twitter Accounts of Fox-Affiliates

A group of hackers has gained access to a database of email accounts and last night took over the Twitter accounts of two Fox-affiliates: WFQX in Michigan’s Upper Peninsulas and KADN in Lafayette, LA.

Calling itself Lulz Security, the group posted defamatory tweets under the accounts of WFQX and KADN and, using its own Twitter account (@LulzSec), has today been teasing future attacks. “Lots of Facebook logins,” the group tweeted this morning.

In addition to wreaking havoc on the Fox-affiliates’ Twitter feeds, Lulz Security has gained access to the LinkedIn accounts of at least 16 Fox Broadcasting employees. Read more

As News of Bin Laden’s Death Broke on Twitter, Site Experienced Record Traffic

“Last night saw the highest sustained rate of Tweets ever,” Twitter announced today, saying that there were 3,440 tweets per second last night from 10:45 to 12:30 p.m. ET, marking the time after news first broke of Osama bin Laden’s death (chart above).

As Obama’s speech to the nation was repeatedly pushed back, journalists took to Twitter, buzzing about the abruptly announced address and attempting to glean information about its content. A tweet sent out by Keith Urbahn, Donald Rumsfeld’s chief of staff, around 10:25 p.m. ramped up speculation that Obama was preparing to announce the death of bin Laden, and many news outlets began tweeting their own announcement of the Al Qaeda leader’s demise in the moments before the president took the podium. Read more

5 Tips for Developing News Stories Via Social Media

As WABC found out last night in trying to glean information on Facebook about a plane’s apparent technical malfunction, social media can be a tricky place to develop news stories.

Thankfully, RTDNA blogger Lynn Walsh has a few tips:

1. Connect with people. Whether it is on Facebook or Twitter, search for the people, groups, etc. that are influences in your community or your beat and follow them or friend them.

2. Search for key phrases. This is best for Twitter. If you covet education search and create saved search boxes on your mobile phone for key words related to the district you cover.

3. Pay attention to comments/replies. This is crucial. Whether it is on Facebook, your website or Twitter, read comments and reach out to those who post them.

4. Continue the conversation. If you see interesting comments or want to know more ASK!

5. Report/clarify social media rumors. People say a lot of things online. Some of it is true and some is not.