One of the most historic nights in journalistic history: OBL & Obama

David Rhodes: Bin Laden News, With Lara Logan On-Air, Led To ‘Extraordinary’ Night For CBS News(TVNewser)
CBS News president David Rhodes spoke to TVNewser about his network’s plans for covering the Osama Bin Laden news throughout the week, as well as his thoughts on how his network handled coverage Sunday night. B&C: Rhodes said his team was careful about everything they heard Sunday night and explained why Katie Couric, who is soon to depart the CBS Evening Newsanchor chair, wasn’t on the air and why the network threw to local affiliates at midnight ET. B&C: Marc Burstein, ABC News’ executive producer of special events, detailed how his team prepared in advance, how they confirmed the story, and why ABC News president Ben Sherwood made the call to continue coverage anchored by George Stephanopoulos on the West Coast after the other networks signed off. B&C: When CNN got word the evening of May 1 that President Barack Obama was going to make a statement, it immediately fired up its Washington-based operations without knowing what the story was. B&C: A tape reportedly made by Bin Laden to air after his death was reportedly being circulated by his supporters. Count CNN’s Anderson Cooper as being against the media airing that farewell message. Business Insider / The Wire: CNN’s handling of the Bin Laden story could be a case study in how notto report news in the new media world. B&C: Key PBS news programs will devote major resources to the Bin Laden story. Mediaite: Shortly after the news broke, the Internet became alive with fans openly wondering what The Daily Showhost would say. Well, good news! Jon Stewart’s take was both funny and strangely moving. ” FishbowlNY: It’s an overused phrase that is rarely used to mean exactly what it’s supposed to mean, but Sunday night it literally happened: Someone gave the order to stop the presses. Eileen Murphy, vice president of corporate communications at The New York Times, tells FishbowlNY Monday’s papers were already being processed when the news of Bin Laden being killed broke. Nieman Journalism Lab: The New York Times’ coverage of the news — all of its articles and blog posts — remained behind the paper’s gate Sunday night. Poynter / Romenesko: Page views for NYTimes.com were 86 percent higher than the average during a comparable period in the past four Mondays. Adweek: Visitors to NYTimes.com Sunday night who were eagerly hunting for news about Bin Laden’s demise may have hit a wall. It wasn’t the new digital paywall, though. Instead, NYTimes.com experienced a glitch “entirely related to an unprecedented surge in traffic,” Murphy said. TVNewser: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was in his kitchen, watching the Washington Capitals game (they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning), when he got a call from Sam Feist, D.C. bureau senior executive. FishbowlNY: Timeis publishing a special issue dedicated to Bin Laden’s death Thursday, marking the first time the magazine has ever released three issues in one week. Street Fight: The Huffington Post drew on Patch’s network to flesh out its coverage with hyperlocal reactions from around the country to the death of Bin Laden. FishbowlDC: Fox News Channel seems to be the only news source that uses Usama, but it is also the spelling preferred by United States intelligence agencies. Slate: The earliest coverage of a big story is rarely reliable. AdAge/ MediaWorks: Remember when Bin Laden was a person alongside whom no one wanted to advertise? AllTwitter: Sunday night saw the highest sustained rate of tweets ever. From 10:45 p.m.-2:20 a.m. ET, there was an average of 3,000 tweets per second. SocialTimes: The biggest news of the day was Bin Laden’s death. As seems to be the case with all major world events these days, the second biggest news story seems to be on the reporting of the event in social media. CNET / Media Maverick: Blitzer and other CNN reporters were digging into whether Bin Laden was dead at least one hour before the news appeared on Twitter. Wired/ Epicenter: In the hours after a team of U.S. Navy SEALs attacked Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan, the Facebook pages for the U.S. Navy, the SEALs, and U.S. Army all saw dramatic spikes in activity, as users flocked online to post their thoughts and comments about the event. TVNewser: Pakistani IT consultant Sohaib Athar, who unwittingly live-tweeted the event: “I don’t own a TV set and stopped watching TV many years ago. Sorry three-lettered-big-tv-news-channels for not replying to your emails.” Gawker: Athar has become such an Internet celebrity that his website’s been hacked.

Nico Pitney To Replace Jai Singh As AOL HuffPost’s Managing Editor(TechCrunch) Earlier Monday night, Yahoo! announced that it grabbed one from our side to be the new editor-in-chief of its Yahoo! Media Network: Jai Singh. Singh had been the executive editor at The Huffington Post (and more recently, AOL HuffPost) for the past two years, where he helped shaped the company into the news and information juggernaut that it has become. Now we know who his replacement will be: Nico Pitney. paidContent: At Yahoo!, Singh will be responsible for increasing original content and performance across all platforms — and for all of YMN’s leading brands, not only Yahoo! News. He’ll report to Mickie Rosen, senior vice president of Yahoo! Media Network.

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