Hearst Stations Expand Coronavirus Reporting

The group’s second Facebook Watch show, Field Notes, features pandemic stories from Hearst stations in 26 markets cross the U.S.

Hearst Television Inc., further expanding the platforms for its local and regional news and feature content, today launches its second series for Facebook Watch,  Field Notes, showcasing coronavirus reporting from the Hearst Television stations throughout 26 TV markets across the United States.

The weekly Field Notes highlights the insightful local TV reporting emanating from communities across the United States of this on-going pandemic. Each episode, built around a particular theme in the local markets’ coverage, will combine elements from Hearst TV station reports with further commentary from local reporters to give broader context for national audiences.

The show premieres today on Facebook Watch, and will then be posted to the Hearst Television websites and app.

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“Local reporting is never more critical than in the times when our communities are most in need of reliable and accurate information,” said Andrew Fitzgerald, Hearst Television VP and chief digital content officer. “We’re proud to amplify Hearst Television’s resonant and important reporting beyond the local communities we support, to help inform Americans of how this story is unfolding across the country. As our reporting adapts, we see this as an important time to reach across audience platforms, combining the complementary strength of Hearst’s broadcasts with the reach of Facebook to help serve the viewing public.”

Field Notes joins Dispatches from the Middle, launched in September 2018, among Hearst Television programming available on the Facebook Watch platform. To date, Dispatches from the Middle has amassed nearly 220,000 followers; in 2019, nearly 51 million minutes of Dispatches content were viewed.

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