BACK STORY

HOW NEWS BREAKFAST COVERED THE MH17 CRASH 

News Breakfast came on air half an hour early to cover the crash of flight MH17. Executive Producer Erin Vincent was interstate and producing from her hotel room, as hosts Michael Rowland and Virginia Trioli, and the production team in Melbourne, kept viewers up to date on the unfolding story. Here, they discuss how they decided what to report and what not to report during rolling coverage of developments.

ONLINE’S THREE-PRONGED APPROACH TO COVERING A BREAKING STORY LIKE MH17

When Editor of News Digital, Stuart Watt, was alerted to the crash of MH17 in the early hours of July 18, he quickly mobilised the Online team and brought in extra staff to provide extensive coverage of the tragedy. Here, he explains Online’s three-pronged approach to a breaking story and the need to be sceptical about information posted on social media.

People Power: The ABC’s most viral video ever and what it tells us about digital audiences.

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By Kieran Ricketts - Video Producer - ABC News Digital.

An ABC News-distributed clip of CCTV footage showing Perth commuters pushing a train to free a man whose leg got caught at the platform has become kind of a big deal. With 13 million views to date on YouTube, it is the most watched online video the ABC - not just ABC News, but corporation-wide - has distributed ever (someone prove me wrong).

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FAREWELL SEAN DORNEY

After more than 40 years reporting on the Pacific, Australia Network Correspondent Sean Dorney has taken a redundancy and is leaving the ABC. In this Back Story interview with Sarah Sedghi, first posted last year, Sean talks about the stories that moved him to tears, his deep affection for PNG and how he beat Ray Martin to a story.

Read more about Sean’s distinguished career here.

WWI WEBSITE DRAWS TOGETHER CONTENT FROM ACROSS THE ABC

For the next four years, a dedicated WWI Commemorative website will showcase content about the centenary drawn from across the ABC. Stuart Watt, Editor of ABC News Digital, tells Back Story about the cross divisional effort to provide a one-stop shop for audiences to understand the history of WWI and our century of service.