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Jessell | Confronting The Big Lie, Television Broadcasters Can Do More

It’s time to stop fueling President Trump’s lie that the election was rigged, and broadcast needs to play an important role in doing so. The NAB must cut off support to the lie’s congressional enablers, talk radio must sever ties with hosts fueling the lie and TV stations need unequivocal language to characterize it for what it is.

Rudy Giuliani And Sidney Powell Have Disappeared From Fox

The Trump-affiliated attorneys were once a regular presence with baseless claims of election fraud. That has changed since a legal pushback from voting-technology companies.

25 Guidelines For Journalists To Safely Cover Unrest

Your goal should be to get close enough to observe the scene without endangering yourself or others, or interfering with security or rescue operations.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Marcos Mora Joins KVEA As Weather Anchor

Telemundo’s KVEA  Los Angeles has named Marcos Mora weather anchor for its weekend newscasts, Noticiero Telemundo 52 a las 6 PM y 11 PM, alongside News Anchor Sandra O’Neill, Sports Anchor Saul Rodriguez and a team of reporters. Celia Chavez, KVEA president and general manager, said: “We are excited to have Marcos join the Telemundo 52 […]

New Titles At CBS News Washington Bureau

Three of CBS News’ top Washington-based journalists—Nancy Cordes, Ed O’Keefe, and Weijia Jiang—are getting new roles at the network. Cordes (center), who has covered Capitol Hill for 12 years at CBS News, has been named chief White House correspondent. O’Keefe and Jiang become senior White House correspondents.

Jamie McGriff Joins The KUTV News Team

Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate KUTV Salt Lake City, Utah, has hired Jamie McGriff as an anchor-reporter effective Jan. 11. She comes from Mobile, Ala., where she woke up bright and early every day for the morning news. She has also had stops in Memphis and Texas. McGriff will anchor the 4 p.m. news with Jim Spiewak […]

The Media Needs To Get The Vaccination Story Right

The media needs to be discerning about the vaccination-related events it reports, and how it does so, and avoid sensationalizing such incidents.

Gray Goes Big To Build A Healthier America

Bridging the Great Health Divide is an ambitious new experiment in collaborative journalism that Gray Television plans to start rolling out in March. Supported by $200,000 from the Google News Initiative, its multiplatform coverage will take a fresh look at the longtime health disparities in both Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, two sprawling regions where health indicators and outcomes are far worse than the national average — and where the group has more than 25 TV stations serving affected communities.

KTRK Anchor Art Rascon And Son, KPRC’s Jacob Rascon, Battle COVID-19

COMMENTARY BY OLIVER DARCY

Newsrooms Focus On Insurrection And Impeachment, But There’s Still A Pandemic

Oliver Darcy: “As we cover D.C. politics and the fallout from last week’s attack, we should not forget that thousands of Americans continue to lose their lives each day to this ruthless virus. And while the vaccine rollout is gradually improving, the situation right now is, frankly, very alarming and urgent.”

VOA Journalists Call For Resignation Of Leaders

Simmering tensions between journalists and managers at Voice of America grew into open rebellion Thursday, with more than two dozen newsroom employees signing a petition demanding the immediate resignation of their new director and his top deputy.

WXLV Winston-Salem Launching Local News

Sinclair’s ABC affiliate in North Carolina’s Triad is debuting 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on Jan. 18.

ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd Is Leaving The Network

MLB Broadcaster Casey Stern Files Discrimination Complaint Against WarnerMedia, Turner Sports

Coverage Of Capitol Attack Generates Millions Of YouTube Views For TV Networks

As the historic events unfolded on Capitol Hill during the afternoon and evening of Jan. 6, people around the world tuned into news networks and social media to follow what was happening. The TV networks also harnessed social platforms such as YouTube to share breaking news, videos and more as the Capitol was thrown into chaos.

CNN Tops Fox News And MSNBC In Impeachment Day Ratings

CNN led the way in cable news ratings during Wednesday’s impeachment of outgoing President Donald Trump, according to early Nielsen Media Research data. According to Nielsen, from 12:30 p.m. ET to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, CNN brought in a total of 3.804 million average viewers. MSNBC was in second place among the big three cable news networks, pulling in an average of 2.581 million. Fox News delivered 1.391 million average total viewers in that time period.

Groups Seek Info On Election-Related Attacks

The National Association of Broadcasters joined in a letter from a coalition of news organizations to federal law enforcement agencies Thursday, saying they wanted more information about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as well as the potential for further violence around the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

ABC Promotes Janice Johnston To ’20/20′ EP

ABC News is promoting 20/20 Senior Producer Janice Johnston to the role of executive producer. She will be just the fourth person to lead 20/20 as executive producer in nearly 43 years.

CNN Is Having A Moment. Could It Be One Of Jeff Zucker’s Last?

No-holds-barred reportage has been given more of a spotlight in the Zucker era, but there are concerns his time may be nearing an end. A Zucker farewell is a real possibility, according to four people familiar with the matter, spurring no small amount of hand-wringing at the AT&T-owned news stalwart. The executive has indicated he’s unsure if he wants to continue much longer, these people say, citing his eight years managing the outlet during one of the most intense news cycles in recent memory.

Toolkit Provides Media With Best Messaging Practices, Guidance On COVID-19 Vaccine Education

The National Association of Broadcasters, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) today announced the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with their audiences. The toolkit is designed to provide journalists with information and resources to create […]

WGN America Sets Carriage Deal With Vidgo

Nexstar Media Group’s cable network WGN America has reached a multi-year comprehensive agreement with Vidgo, and will be carried by the live TV streaming platform beginning on Jan. 15. In the last two months, Nexstar has reached five agreements with subscription-based streaming services for the distribution of WGN America, expanding the network’s reach by 8.5 […]

Emily Phillips Promoted At Hearst Television

She is tapped to oversee the station group’s digital content teams as senior director and managing editor.

National News Literacy Week Challenges Public To Test, Improve News Literacy Skills

Scripps and the News Literacy Project launch a creative campaign ahead of the second annual National News Literacy Week, Jan. 25-29.

COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

Reflecting On The Media’s Handling Of Trump

Margaret Sullivan: “What’s happened in the journalism sphere is complicated. Tragically, crucial sources of local news have withered, while the toxic media of the radical right thrives. The reality-based national press, though flawed and stuck for too long in outdated conventions, has managed to do its job — with dedication and with bravery, given the dangers created by Trump’s antipathy to what he calls ‘the enemy of the people.’ ”

Hope Hicks Leaves The White House

Hope Hicks’ last day in the White House was Tuesday, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN, a final departure planned before the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. Hicks was one of President Donald Trump’s most influential confidantes and a longtime loyalist but hasn’t been at the White House much in recent weeks after she felt her influence waned after she pushed back on the president’s baseless voter fraud claims, the sources said. She also urged him against pursuing legal challenges without competent lawyers in place.

Ray Brady, Longtime CBS Business Correspondent, Dies At 94

New York Post to Staff: Stay Away From CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post

As the Murdoch tabloid navigates a fraught political moment, high-level editors instructed reporters not to base articles on reporting by four news outlets that President Trump has falsely labeled “fake news.”

COMMENTARY BY GORDON SMITH

Free Press Needs Transparency, Security After Capitol Attack

NAB President Gordon Smith: “The work of the press to keep the American public informed during these dark times has been admirable, valuable and — because of an unacceptable and alarming lack of information provided by law enforcement officials — necessary. It is imperative that law enforcement not only address the American people about the possibility of danger in the days ahead, but also provide security briefings to news media to help keep journalists safe while reporting from the field.”

RTDNA Launches SAFE Journalist Training & Resource Center

Norah O’Donnell: ‘Journalism Is More Important Than Ever’

From the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and George Floyd protests around the world to the contested 2020 presidential election and last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by insurgents, O’Donnell says “journalism is more important than ever. There’s a thirst for information because there’s so much going on in the world.”