Newsy Establishes An Office In Washington

The over-the-top video news service from Scripps also announces the premiere of Buying Democracy, an interactive video experience that invites viewers to explore the links between big-money donors and candidates in 2016’s race for the White House.

Building on its national politics coverage, millennial focused over-the-top video news service Newsy has established a Washington, D.C., office.

“Most reporting coming out of D.C. feels disconnected, even irrelevant to Americans under 35,” said Christina Hartman, Newsy VP of news. “As creators of news by and for the next generation of leaders, we’re delivering stories that matter to young people on the digital platforms they’re using.”

Zach Toombs, director of news, will lead the D.C. team out of the Scripps Washington Bureau, also under parent company The E.W. Scripps Co. Coverage will span issues that millennial voters have said they care about, including income inequality, energy, immigration, poverty and student loan debt.

“The reporters and producers who will be joining our team in D.C. will give viewers the opportunity to hear what those inside the beltway are doing to address our problems,” said Toombs.

The expansion to D.C. adds to Newsy’s national footprint: In addition to its headquarters in Columbia, Mo., Newsy has teams in Chicago, New York and Cincinnati. Newsy is hiring across its locations, including multimedia journalist roles in Washington and Chicago.

As Newsy’s team grows, so does its distribution across over-the-top and online platforms. In recent months, Newsy has launched on seven OTT platforms, including Apple TV, which named it a “Best App of 2015” for Apple TV.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

The increased focus on D.C.-based political reporting comes at the same time as the Newsy team launches Buying Democracy, an interactive video experience that invites viewers to explore the links between big-money donors and candidates in 2016’s race for the White House.

Buying Democracy visualizes the connections between candidates and their donors through graphics-focused storytelling that uncovers how these relationships can change the course of elections. The data will be updated as new campaign finance data becomes available.

Buying Democracy is live at Newsy.com/buyingdemocracy.


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