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April 27th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

Tornado chaser cheats death

After being injured when a tornado destroyed his vehicle last year, The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes talks to Brian Stelter about the risks of live tornado chasing.


Filed under: Blog • The Weather Channel • Weather • Weatherman
Weather Channel coming back to DirecTV
April 8th, 2014
04:07 PM ET

Weather Channel coming back to DirecTV

By Brian Stelter
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - DirecTV's bitter three-month-long dispute with The Weather Channel is over.
The channel will return to DirecTV lineups on Wednesday, the two companies said in a news release Tuesday.
Big cable channels are rarely blacked out by distributors, and when they are, the disruptions tend to only last for hours or days. But this one began in mid-January and seemed without end.
Read Brian's full story here.

Filed under: DirecTV • Weather
February 2nd, 2014
02:00 PM ET

Jounalists take on Atlanta politicians

Former FEMA director Michael Brown and CNN's Carol Costello join Brian Stelter to discuss the role of  journalists in holding public officials accountable during public emergencies.


Filed under: journalism • Politics • Weather
January 5th, 2014
01:09 PM ET

Covering the storm

After reporting from Long Island during this week's snow storm, Brian Stelter shares his take on storm/weather coverage.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Weather
June 2nd, 2013
12:59 PM ET

Storm reporting turns dangerous

Chad Myers and Lois Romano talk to Howard Kurtz about the risks for journalists covering tornadoes and severe weather.


Filed under: Reliable Sources • Weather
May 26th, 2013
01:04 PM ET

Tackling Tornado Tragedy

Columnist Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman gives Howard Kurtz a local perspective on covering the Oklahoma tornado and its devastating aftermath.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Weather
What we're reading this week...
February 22nd, 2013
06:28 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Becky Perlow, CNN 

We know Sunday is only two days away, but if you're itching for some great news until then, here are some of the other stories the Reliable Sources team has been reading about:

Insulting a princess: During a recent lecture at the British Museum, English writer Hilary Mantel shared her worries that the Duchess of Cambridge was becoming "a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung" and that she "seems to have been selected for her role of princess because she was irreproachable: as painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character." Newspapers across the country instantly jumped to the royal's defense, with Prime Minister David Cameron weighing in as well. But is the criticism of Mantel fair? One Guardian reporter says it's worth taking a deeper look at the "lazy journalism" and "raging hypocrisy." She asks, for instance, "what has any paper done with Kate for the past decade but use her as decorative page filler?"

Why producers pre-tape: Every executive producer will tell you that the live interview is always better, but what about when your reporter passes out? Turns out the live segment makes for funny (or scary) TV, as when Australian weatherman Grant Denyer lost consciousness while reporting live from the cockpit of a stunt plane. Warning: this video is not for the faint of heart.

Nielsen adjusts ratings: With viewers trading in their traditional TV for web-based content, media executives are growing increasingly concerned with the fall of ratings (and ultimately, the fall of advertising sales). Nielsen stepped in to save the day, though, promising to consider people who "have a television set hooked up to the Internet, as 'television households.'" It doesn't seem like the new rule will have much affect right now as only 0.6% of households meet this new requirement, but as more homes incorporate tablet computers and internet streaming on their TVs, there's no doubt the media executives will be sleeping more soundly at night.

The re-invented resume: There's no shame in using every social media tool available to score a new job, but one journalist took it to new heights with the use of Vine, a six-second video sharing tool. Former political director for Fox News Radio, Dawn Siff created a "Vine resume" that promoted some of her best assets, from "idea machine" to "deadline Jedi."

So would you hire someone from a "Vine resume?" And what are you reading this week? Tell us in the comments below.