Liz McLaughlin is a multimedia journalist with a passion for working both behind and in front of the camera. She shoots, writes, edits, reports and enterprises original stories for a variety of digital platforms.
From breaking news to exclusive features, Liz produces hyperlocal content on a deadline. Her work as a reporter/photographer has been featured on various media outlets including FOX Nation.
Liz currently produces content for NBC News Channel. She authors scripts and edits video that is distributed and aired across the country – by NBC affiliates, CNBC, MSNBC and network news.
Liz also does freelance film work including assisting in the production of a full-length documentary, Chasing the Mad Lion. As a reporter and photographer for Reesenews, she covers local and state news with a focus on experimental and innovative storytelling.
As an intern for NBC News in New York City in 2009, Liz learned from the fast pace of network television and discovered journalism was her passion. In the breaking news and special events department, Liz operated chyrons curing NBC specials, covered national events including the presidential inauguration and the Inside the Obama White House Special with Brian Williams.
Liz went on to intern for the investigative unit at ABC 11 Eyewitness News in Durham, NC where she investigated stories that were picked up locally and nationally. An iTeam investigative report on the Jeep Grand Cherokee lead to a federal investigation. Liz was also awarded the ABC/ Walt Disney scholarship in 2010.
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 comes out this Friday, November 6. Year after year, the popular game franchise has players lining up on Thursday to get their copy at midnight. The franchise has lifetime earnings toppling the $11-billion mark. To put it into perspective, that’s more that the highest grossing movies (Gone With the Wind, Avatar, Star Wars & Titanic) COMBINED!
There’s a few factors that set it apart from other games. Halo 5, just released last week, is a similar first-person shooter game. But as a Microsoft product, it’s only available on the XBox. Call of Duty will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, XBox One and even a more limited version for older generation consoles.
The game also caters to many different types of players. The single player campaign allows a user to play alone. Multiplayer mode allows players to compete against strangers or friends, online or in person. There’s even Treyarch’s famed (and addictive) “zombie mode”. It’s a cooperative campaign that allows you to play with up to 3 friends on a team against a common enemy… in this case, zombies.
“I’m definitely part of the group that’s familiar with getting beat mercilessly by 12-year-olds in Call of Duty,” joked Polygon’s Editor in Chief, Chris Grant.
The audience is global and spans many demographic groups.
“It’s something that a lot of people miss when they look superficially at a game like call of duty on the surface. Sure, it’s a military-themed game with a bunch of people shooting each other, but what they’re missing is that most of the hours played are spent with your friends,” said Grant.
This social dynamic allows players to range from casual to competitive to a professional level.
The successful Call of Duty publisher, ActiVision, bought King this week for more than $5-billion. King makes the popular mobile game Candy Crush.
“ActiVison already has Blizzard and King is a way for them to get into the mobile or casual space in a leadership position in a way that they never have been before,” said Grant.
This acquisition might mean we will see mobile offerings from ActiVision. Until then, we can lock ourselves in our friend’s basements and stay up all night playing Zombies “Shadows of Evil”.
It’s officially football season…
and the NFL is upping it’s tech game. The league has enlisted Microsoft’s
Surface Pro 3 for sideline duty. “Microsoft designed the sideline viewing
system and the Surface tablet specifically for the NFL,” said Jeff Tran,
Director of Sports Marketing and Alliances at Microsoft.
A rugged redesign makes it so the
tablet can withstand heavy hits and temperature dips. It’s also waterproof.
“The surface tablets are operational in all of the extremes, so the coldest
that the frozen tundra of Green Bay can provide to the muggy heat of Miami,”
Microsoft is known as a software
company but they are gaining traction with the Surface. “It’s actually a really
good tablet that could even double as a laptop,” said Dan Ackerman of CNET. The
Surface runs full Windows 10 operating system capabilities.
Coaches might be using the same
plays, but the tablet is helping to communicate them in new ways. Users can
write out color-coded plays on a digital whiteboard or review play results.
Those old-school binders filled with black and white printouts are a thing of
the past. “Players and coaches can view digital photos 7 times faster than they
normally would have with the black and white printouts,” said Tran. Coaches can
diagram directly onto the images in up to four different colors.
Microsoft is also developing new
video replay features that they have been testing in the preseason. “Referees
will be able to see the video instant replay on a surface tablet just like they
would be able to see the video instant replay underneath the hood,” said Tran.
Microsoft hopes to integrate the video replay system by next year’s regular
The tech upgrades don’t stop at
the field. New “Next Generation” stats are available exclusively to Windows 10
and Xbox One users. Every NFL player has a tiny chip in their pads to track
data including velocity, speed and total distance. Stats were previously
limited to more standard categories such as touchdowns, catches and yards
“Microsoft is really trying to
jump in to a more consumer category. Pairing the Surface Pro with a wearable
that a player is wearing that can transmit stats and give the audience a chance
to see this stuff in almost real time… now that is super interesting,” said
Users can access these next gen
stats through the NFL app for Windows 10 or Xbox One.
Modern libraries are keeping up with the times and expanding way past books - to 3-D printers, laser cutters, robotics classes and much more.
“Libraries today are transforming,” American Library Association President Sari Feldman said in an interview. “It’s a very exciting time where it’s so much more about what we do for people, than what we have for people.”
About 98 percent of public libraries offer technology training and free Wi-Fi. But an increasing number of libraries are creating places like the “Maker Space” at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina, which offers access to equipment from sewing machines to vinyl cutters.
The library also holds training classes in software, 3-D modeling, coding and programming, robotics and more.
“We’re … providing more interesting spaces to give people training and equipment to do a wide range of things,” Mike Wozniak, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Information Services Manager. “It’s shown the public we’re a place where you can create content,” said Feldman, “not just read and learn about ideas that other people have developed.”
People will be spending more this year on Valentine’s Day according to the National Retail Federation, and many will be buying gifts online.
If you live with your Valentine or share a device with them, you might ruin the surprise without even realizing it.
Whenever you shop online companies are watching, and tracking every click.
“It’s actually a pretty simple technology it’s called a cookie,” explains Private.me digital security architect David Lam. “It’s not something you eat it’s a little file. It stores who you are and it knows where you’ve been.”
Lam says companies use this data for targeted advertising, so when you do find that perfect valentine’s gift it may find you again on other websites.
“You don’t have to buy, you don’t have to click on anything, all you have to do is go to a webpage,” Lam warns.
The “Royale with cheese” made famous in Pulp Fiction isn’t just clever dialogue. McDonald’s has different menu items at locations around the world.
(Moving clockwise from the lower left) The Le Croque McDo is a grilled ham & cheese sandwich you can get at Mickey D’s in France. The McLobster roll is a feature item in Canada during the summer. The Turkish McDonald’s breakfast plate might have you forgetting you’re at a fast food restaurant with eggs, tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers, berries, toast, and honey. And finally, Japan’s Tofu Shinjo McNuggets are made from a mishmash of minced white fish, tofu and vegetables including edamame, soy beans and carrots.
I got to play around with the newest mobile device from ASUS today, the Padfone X. It’s a smartphone/tablet combination that may pave the way for future devices. The smartphone slides into the back of the tablet and the display transfers to the larger screen on the tablet base.
I have been frustrated with the high cost of my iPhone/iPad and content sharing between them, so I was excited to hear about this new approach to mobile devices.
There are still some kinks to work out. Some apps behave differently on the ASUS tablet display than on the phone. You must have the specific Padfone as well. If they could develop a device that could dock any model of phone - from HTC to iPhone, that would surely be a hit.
All in all, I do like the idea of having one device with dual functionality, but will wait for second generation developments to consider purchasing.
The device is available now through AT&T for $200 with a 2-year contract.
A senior politician from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has been quoted saying that sometimes rape is “right,” sparking renewed outrage about rampant sexual assault in that country.
According to Credit.com founder Adam Levin, there are certain places that can be risky to use your debit card. Card skimmers are often unnoticeable and once bank information is compromised, it can often spill over into the rest of your life.
Experts say it’s better to use cash or credit in places like these:
Debit cards don’t provide the same consumer protection as credit cards and you could be responsible for money lost using your stolen information.
Be sure to check your credit and debit accounts often and quickly report any unauthorized transactions.
(CNBC) If you want to get healthier or lose weight… now is the time to do it! Gyms face competition from outdoor fitness opportunities in the summer, which makes it a great time to join. Negotiate for no joining fee and a reduced rate.
Check your workplace and insurance to see if they offer health incentives. Many times you can get a financial perk or reduced insurance payments by setting health goals. Many businesses also have partnerships with gyms and can offer discounts.
Check daily deal sites for fitness deals like one-month memberships and class packages – up to 85% off! Sites like Groupon, Living Social and Zozi have good offers available.
If you do decide to join a gym, be sure to take advantage of the free trial period before paying up.
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At its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference today, Apple introduced significant upgrades to its desktop and mobile operating systems, moved into the connected health and smart home spaces, and introduced a new programming language that will speed up the your app experience.
The keynote is aimed primarily at programmers, and even the most consumer-friendly announcements today could leave many feeling downright bored. You can receive a phone call on your iPhone and answer it on your Mac, which becomes a speaker phone. There’s a cloud-based storage system similar to Dropbox or Box, and it will archive all of your photos. And several other small but useful changes that will come to your iPhone and desktop later this summer.
But for programmers today offered a bonanza. A new programming language, Swift, will let developers make apps faster and more powerful. Changes to the App Store, including a list of trending apps and video previews, fix that nagging discoverability problem. In all, the software developer kit (SDK) for iOS 8 offers more than 4,000 new APIs to play with, including HealthKit and HomeKit — which will speed the development of connected health and smart home apps.
(NBC / Dallas, TX) Breast augmentations as a graduation present are becoming a popular request from high school seniors.
“It’s been in the past five to seven years we are seeing more of these types of gifts that you see for graduation,” said Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern.
Photo from: KXAS
He said getting the procedure done right after graduation is appealing to young women because they typically have two to three months to recover before starting college.
He also added that young women may feel pressured to change their appearance.
Today Samsung hosted an invite-only event in San Francisco they titled “Voice of Your Body” to unveil their new health initiative.
Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung was one of the main speakers at the event in addition to other Samsung and health officials.
70% of people die from chronic diseases, Sohn says. And 1.2 billion people will be older than 60 by 2025. Countries are aging faster as people live longer and birth rates decline.
Photo credit: James Martin / CNET
Samsung’s goal is to create technology that allows users to have continuous monitoring of their body and to use that information to improve their health and their lives.
They plan to do this by developing sensors that monitor things like heart rate, body temperature and motion. They also plan to secure that data in the cloud.
They revealed a demo of a health band called SIMBAND. It’s not available for sale and was just used to showcase their ideas surrounding this health initiative. Samsung describes it as an “open reference design platform… a "blueprint” for building advanced devices that will empower individuals to monitor their own health and wellness more effectively.”
They also described SAMI, a cloud-based sensor platform that would secure data. SAMI stands for “Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions.”
A notable feature for the band is continuous wear by developing a shuttle battery so that users could charge the device while still wearing it, ideally while the user sleeps. However, the user would need to keep up with an extra piece of hardware and charge it the traditional way.
Samsung presented some interesting big-picture ideas, but are relying on developers and app-makers to hammer out the practical details.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a plan to maintain 9,800 military personnel in Afghanistan after the American combat mission ends there this year, pledging that he will bring the war there to “a responsible end.”
During the 1950’s, with vinyl scare, Russians began recording rock n’ roll, jazz, and boogie woogie on used x-rays that they gathered from hospitals and doctors offices. They would cut a crude circle out with manicure scissors, using a cigarette to burn a hole.
The day after Christmas kicks off Holiday Clearance, but as shoppers rush out looking for extreme price mark downs, they shouldn’t expect great deals on tech products. At least not yet–according to deal site FatWallet.com, “the best prices on big screen TVs and other tech items will come in late January leading up to the Super bowl parties. But shoppers will find huge savings of 50-90% on gift wrap and seasonal decorations, select toys and kids clothing.”
The deep discounted clearance items will sell out fast, but prices will continue to drop the longer they stay on the shelf. So, timing is essential to getting the best deal.
USPS First-Class Mail Service Dec. 20 Priority Mail Service Dec. 21 Express Mail Service Dec. 23 Standard Post Service Dec. 14 Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship Dec. 19 Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship Dec. 21 More info on holiday shipping from USPS
You may have heard of those subscription boxes like BirchBox or Ipsy booming in popularity… but what if you could get a sample box for free? That is the aim of a new website that just launched today: PinchME.
It’s pretty easy and the site doesn’t ask for credit card information or try to sell you anything.
(NBC News) The CDC launched ads like this one starting in 2012 featuring the emotional stories of former smokers now living with tragic health consequences. Study results show 200,000 quit smoking after the campaign, but only half will kick the habit for good.
Edmunds.com offers 6 ways to spring clean your car to avoid a big maintenance bill and keep you safe before summer travel:
Check the Tires. Tire pressure changes about 1 pound per square inch for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in outside temperature, so it’s important to check tire pressure after weather changes. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended pressure for your tire, and never exceed that. Learn more about proper tire maintenance by reading “Tires: Traffic Safety Tips.”
Check wiper blades. Your wipers work hard all winter removing dirt and debris, including salt spray. Since the life expectancy of a wiper blade is six months to a year, check that the blades are making full contact with the windshield and have not dried out. Don’t wait for a heavy spring or summer rainstorm to discover your blades aren’t performing properly. Also, refill the wiper fluid reservoir.
Change the oil and oil filter. Some car manufacturers recommend changing to a heavyweight oil to help the engine perform more efficiently during hotter weather. Your owner’s manual will tell you which grade is best for your car. Change the oil filter each time you change the oil, since it’s obvious that a dirty filter won’t keep the new oil clean. Gather insight on how to change your oil yourself by reading “How to Change Your Oil (The Real Down and Dirty).”
Change the air filter. The air filter prevents dust and other impurities from getting into the combustion chambers of the cylinders, resulting in wasted gas and weaker engine performance. The time-honored way to check for dirt is to hold the filter up to the light, but since many new filters show light when dirty, or show no light when clean, it is more reliable to change the air filter every six months, and more often in dusty locations. Get the knowledge you need to change your car’s air filter yourself by reading “How to Change Your Car’s Filters.”
Flush and fill your cooling system. This is cheap insurance against engine failure. The Car Care Council recommends flushing every two years, or 24,000 miles for most vehicles. Simply draining your radiator is not enough; you need to flush the system with a radiator flush product, not just plain water, to remove stubborn rust, grease and sediment. Then, refill with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water. (If you live in a more severe climate, increase the percentage of coolant to about 70.) Find out more by reading “How to Maintain Your Vehicle’s Cooling System.”
Check the radiator and gas caps. A snug radiator cap helps raise the cooling system pressure, giving added protection against boil-overs. Radiator caps don’t last forever, so replace yours whenever you flush the cooling system. Pressure recommendations vary, so get the right cap for your vehicle model. With gas at record prices, be sure there’s a tight seal on the gas cap, too, to prevent that high-priced octane from vaporizing. Nearly 20 percent of vehicles have gas caps that are damaged, loose or missing altogether, wasting some 147 million gallons of gas every year.
Roller Derby is the fastest growing women’s sport. Here in Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte Roller Girls take on a variety of competitive WFTDA teams at the Grady Cole Center. The organization also takes time off skates to give back to the community and continue to grow the sport.
Click here to find out more or get tickets to a bout.
Spectators that are new to the sport will find a hard-hitting race, with offense and defense played simultaneously. Jammers (racers) try to pass opposing players to score points. And the blockers do everything (legally) possible to help their jammer through the pack and stop the other jammer from getting through. Seasoned fans will be excited to see that new rules are in place this season: Jammers will take off the same time blockers do, creating an even faster, fiercer start to the bout.
Broadcast Media | Charlotte, North Carolina Area, US
2012 - Present
Specials / NBC News
Producing consumer, medical and feature content for national distribution.
Freelance Videographer / New York Times Digital
Marketing Representative / The Syndicate
Reporter / Examiner.com
Contributor / The New Student Union
Weekly column and news content provider.
National Desk at NBC News Channel / NBC News
Fast-paced hard news production for national distribution.
Section Editor / The New Student Union
Managed the Student Life section of New Student Union, a national online magazine startup. Responsibilities included recruiting contributors, editing articles prior to publication and contributing original text and video content.
Reporter/ Photographer / Reese Felts Digital News Project
Hyperlocal digital content production.
Marketing Representative / Harris Inc.
Reporter / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wrote, produced, edited and reported original, hyperlocal content on a deadline for a bi-weekly on-air broadcast.
Marketing Representative / PRG Real Estate
Managed social media and public relations accounts in addition to marketing and special events planning.
Brand Ambassador / A.D.D. Marketing
Researcher / Political and Economic Research Council (PERC)
Collected statistical data from small business owners in New Orleans, Louisiana on behalf of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.
iTeam Intern / ABC News
• Researched and developed various investigative stories • Assisted the "Troubleshooter" Diane Wilson • Investigated tips on the tip line • Pitched story ideas
Event Organizer / Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
Planned events and booked speakers in conjunction with First Amendment Day at the University of North Carolina.
News Specials Intern / NBCUniversal Media, LLC
• Conducted research for special events and breaking news broadcasts, coordinated and wrote the weekly note • Wrote anchor notes, biographies, media guides, and other resources for obituaries and special events • Logged and edited tapes, dubbed archives, ingested files, and organized iNews reports • Edited chyrons, assisted in the chyron room and control room during live broadcasts
Intern / ABC11 Eyewitness News - WTVD
Leasing Consultant and Community Assistant / Campus Crest, LLC
• Budgeted, managed, and wrote the mission statement for the Grove Café (serving approx. 500 residents) • Carried out administrative duties, corresponded with prospects, and met leasing quotas • Created promotional products, led marketing team for Asheville location, developed local business relationships, planned and coordinated special events
Executive Producer / Education Network
Organized and edited packages, managed production and reporting staff, managed graphic designers, edited show script, music selection for bumps and credits, control room set-up and press credentials
Anchor/ Reporter / Education Network
Student run television news program with a local market of ~ 65,000 people. • Anchor: Wrote show script, anchored student-run, bi-weekly television news show, arranged and conducted on-air interviews, anchored two additional live shows • Reporter: Wrote and reported stories pertinent to local residents, students, and faculty, edited and produced packages, created graphics within packages, conducted interviews in-studio and in the field
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Activities: Recipient of the Capitol Cities/ ABC Scholarship - April 2010,
Accepted into the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop - May 2011,
Member of the Online News Association,
Students for Liberty
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Journalism, Flim Production, Broadcast Journalism, Media Law, Theory, Film Criticism
Activities: Student Government Association- Public Relations VP, Alpha Xi Delta- Public Relations Chair, Presbyterian Campus Ministries- President 2008, VP 2006-2007, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Committee for Environmental Sustainability, UNCA Swim Team 2006