PBS Newshour Continues to Deliver on Tumblr After Hack Attack

Last week, PBS endured an attack from a hacker with the culprits posting false information on a couple of the news sites. PBS, Frontline and NewsHour were affected by the attack. In order to take a causative approach to the violation, PBS Newshour continued delivering transcripts and video via their Tumblog without a hitch.

Last week, PBS endured an attack from a hacker with the culprits posting false information on a couple of the news sites. PBS, Frontline and NewsHour were affected by the attack. In order to take a causative approach to the violation, PBS Newshour continued delivering transcripts and video via their Tumblog without a hitch.

In a conversation with Lost Remote, Teresa Gorman, the social media production assistant for Newshour, said that the Tumblog was set up in August of 2010. They never considered it as a backup plan until the intrusion. The night crew of four people plus Gorman handled the situation. The crew is responsible for posting the transcripts and video, so they simply did their job but posted on Tumblr instead.

The next morning, Gorman showed her editor how to do the posting on Tumblr, so the process kept flowing and never stopped.

Sure, we’d like to know how PBS responded to the overall hack attack. But, Gorman discussed how she couldn’t speak about the broad implications. She was happy that they were able to “find a quick solution” in order to get the stories up for their followers and viewers.

Of course, it is not an ideal situation when the news site gets hacked. Gorman is obviously a very talented and quick thinking production assistant, who definitely took responsibility for her job. I am sure Tumblr is feeling kind of puffy and proud, too, for being a quick backup solution for a big name in television.