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KVLY Meteorologist’s Online Weather Classes Keep Home-Bound Engaged

A New Way To Track Coronavirus

Gray’s InvestigateTV brings the pandemic story home, creating an impressive tool — an interactive COVID-19 Tracker that collects positive test results in every single county in the United States, updates the data every day, and makes the information easily accessible. Just mouse over or search the map, find your county, and you can see how many cases per capita have cropped up there.

CBS Admits To Using Footage From Italy In NYC Coronavirus Report

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Local Papers Facing Own Coronavirus Crisis

Readers desperate for information are more reliant than ever on local media as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S. They want to know about cases in their area, where testing centers are, what the economic impact is. Papers say online traffic and subscriptions have risen. But newspapers and other publications are under pressure as advertising craters. They are cutting jobs, staff hours and pay, dropping print editions — and in some cases shutting down entirely.

A Welcome ‘Normalcy’ From NBCU Stations’ Homebound Meteorologists

Nate Johnson, NBU Owned Stations’ director of weather operations, says the group’s naturally techy meteorologists made a smooth transition to doing their forecasts from home. Viewers have been grateful for the domestic snapshots and fleeting returns to pre-pandemic life they’ve gotten in the process.

NBCU, Sky Delay Launch Of Global News Network

Democratic Convention Postponed Until August

Milwaukee will still host the convention, which is now scheduled for the week of Aug. 17. Republicans are sticking with their plan to meet in Charlotte, N.C., a week later to renominate Donald Trump.

Detroit TV Stations Partner On Virtual ‘Governor’s Town Hall’

Commercial and public television stations in the Detroit market will partner to produce and broadcast a Governor’s Town Hall to provide viewers the opportunity to ask questions of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during this time of crisis. WJBK, WDIV, WXYZ, WMYD, WKBD, WTVS, WADL and WWJ will all broadcast the Town Hall, live, on Thursday […]

NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Live TV Become Journalism Again?

Mark Lukasiewicz:: In recent years, ‘live’ and ‘breaking’ have become even more dominant, and somewhat devalued, buzzwords of the business. And that has marked a substantial further surrender of journalism and journalistic values in television news.

COMMENTARY

TV News Needs To Show More Inside Hospitals

David Zurawik: “Sounds of coughing and moaning throughout the room. Corridors overflowing with gurneys bearing COVID-19 patients, some in postures of distress. Sheets of plastic taped to walls, makeshift borders aimed at protection and some semblance of privacy. This is what ground zero looks like in the war on COVID-19, according to a CNN report that aired Monday. I believe we need to see more of these images from media outlets of the horrible truth shown here.”

RJI & IRE Host ‘Finding COVID-19 Data And Responsible Context’ Panel April 3

The Pro-Trump Media’s Coronavirus Distortion

White House Correspondents’ Association Boots OAN From Briefing Room Seat Rotation

Fox News Channel’s Top Advertisers Silent Over Its Coronavirus Coverage

At WAGA, Communication Key To Remote Work

Fox-owned WAGA in Atlanta has transitioned smoothly to a remote working environment for most of its staff. Its GM and news director say lots of advance planning and regular all-hands virtual meetings are helping a coronavirus-driven diasporic station stay together as a unit. Above, the station’s temporary studio outside its building.

Fox News And Facebook To Present Pandemic Virtual Town Hall

Fox News Channel and Facebook will co-host a town hall on the global coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. ET, featuring a virtual audience using Portal from Facebook smart video calling devices for the first time. Moderated by The Story’s Martha MacCallum, the one-hour commercial-free town hall will feature medical and business experts, […]

DMA 70: SPOKANE, WA

KREM Names Jessie Kane Executive News Dir.

The veteran news leader returns to Spokane, Wash., after stints in Sacramento, Seattle and Charlotte, N.C.

Virus Tests Power Of Unionized Newsrooms

Over the last few years, a wave of unionization has swept local newsrooms and digital media outlets. As the coronavirus sweeps the country, forcing media companies to enact drastic cost-cutting plans, unionized newsrooms are putting the power of collective bargaining to the test.

WGCL’s Rick Folbaum Talks About His Experience With Coronavirus

Rashida Jones To Oversee MSNBC Daytime

Rashida Jones, an NBC News executive whose oversight of special programming has put her more in demand in recent months, has been placed in charge of MSNBC’s daytime schedule. Her appointment comes after she has organized several big-headline programs during a punishing news cycle that has included town-hall events, political debates and special reports centered on the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic.

Local TV News May Never Be The Same

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has universally disrupted newsrooms, and most local TV news directors expect the disruption to be long-lasting. A special edition of the RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey details the impacts of COVID-19 on local TV news stations throughout the country as they strive to provide their communities the best coverage possible, but struggle with production challenges and potential economic effects.

75% Of Cable News Appearances By Members Of Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force Have Been On Fox News

Anchors At Home: A Lot Can Go Wrong

Coronavirus lockouts turns slick glamour to amateur hour as broadcasters and show hosts migrate to basements and guest bedrooms.

Q&A WITH DAVID MUIR

ABC’s Muir Trying To Stay ‘Calm And Steady’

David Muir’s World News Tonight has been the top-rated show in all of American television for three weeks this month, averaging nearly 11 million viewers per night. Amid the devastation in New York City, Muir is still anchoring the show every night from an almost-empty ABC newsroom. He’s hosted three primetime specials on the pandemic, including one on Monday night that featured an interview with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

KPRC A Disaster Expert, But Pandemic’s Different

Jerry Martin, Graham Media-owned KPRC’s wry VP and GM in Houston, has a reluctant pragmatist’s approach to his station’s coronavirus pivot: “Keep playing the game like it’s going to get worse.” (Al Torres Photography)

THE PRICE POINT

The Price Point | Now More Than Ever, We Are Broadcasters

General managers are showing their true quality in these extraordinary times, putting public service and concern for their staffs above all other considerations.

The Medical News Site That Saw The Coronavirus Coming Months Ago

WABC Reporter Derick Waller Self-Isolating After Presumptive COVID-19 Diagnosis

Fox News Scores Record Ratings For 1st Quarter In Primetime And Total Day

CNN’s Cuomo Says He Has Coronavirus

Cuomo, who looked a little pale while doing his 9 p.m. ET CNN show remotely Monday, said he’s had fever, chills and shortness of breath.