Sales App For Reps Who Hate Homework

BuzzBoard, a tablet-based sales tool app tailored to media companies offering SMB-targeted digital marketing services, does all the homework for sales reps, evaluating a client’s current Web presence and performance and allowing reps to pinpoint digitally needy local businesses.


Gray TV’s Moms App Channels $5M Business

Gray Television’s new Moms Everyday app, the app version of its four-year-old moms vertical site, can be localized for each of the TV company’s 32 stations. The company expects the app, launched in January, to generate $5 million this year.


UGC App Lets iPhones Live Stream HD Video

Mobile Viewpoint’s WMT Live lets users live stream video directly from their iPhones to website or broadcast TV. The app is designed to be used by reporters or non-journalists, making it possible for anyone with an iPhone to contribute news to websites or TV stations.


Hearst Gears Up For Elections With New App

Hearst takes its award-winning political coverage mobile with a new app that allows users to dig into information about national campaigns and local races. The app also invites engagement with Facebook sharing and user-generated photos and video.


Tool Tracks Social Metrics Of Sites, Rivals, a new app for desktops, allows publishers to track in real time the social performance of their stories and their competitors stories across Facebook and Twitter, giving them the opportunity to fine-tune their editorial and social strategies around that data.


Aggregator Lets Users Be News Director

Taptu lets users select from more than 200,000 news streams — ranging from coverage of presidential politics to cuddly kittens — and use its mixing board-like interface to “DJ the news.”


Turning Smartphones Into Weather Radios

Scripps’ new Storm Shield app lets users customize the type and number of severe weather warnings they receive for as many as five locations, essentially turning their smartphones into emergency weather radios.


ABC App Wakes Up Users To Local News

ABC’s new alarm clock app, launched at its KTRK Houston in May and the broadcaster’s seven other O&Os in June, gives users a morning wake-up call and a shot of local news headlines all before they’ve had their first cup of coffee.


Around The World In 2,300 Papers

PressReader draws on newspapers from around the world to deliver content to users, and the arrangement benefits all involved: Readers sign up for a paid subscription to the app to get the news they crave, and publishers receive fixed royalties from PressReader.

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KMOV App Upgrade Keeps Users In Mind

The Belo-owned CBS affiliate in St. Louis has taken the advice of its audience and is rolling out the latest version of its core news app — one of 17 apps in the station’s roster — with a reorganized interface and flow geared toward user friendliness.


Crowdsourcing App Filters, Fences Tweets

CrowdCloud, launched in beta in late February as an app and desktop widget, pulls in crowdsourced, geofenced content primarily through Twitter, to help local media outlets harness social media’s real-time news power and filter out the white noise.


Enhanced UGC App Plays Up Mobile, Location

Last year, Andy Leff turned a five-year-old hunch about user-generated content into Meporter. The app allows users to turn their phones into all the tools they need to create and publish news stories. Meporter also allows citizen journalists to use their phone’s geolocation features to pinpoint where they are reporting from.


IPad Apps Make Room For Content, Visuals

Hearst Newspapers, looking for a head start in the app world, has launched subscription-based iPad apps for its four major dailies — the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News and the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union — built on company-created architecture that takes advantage of the Apple tablet’s capacity for visuals and room for expanded content.


App Mines Social Sites To Customize News

News360’s free app mines users’ Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus accounts to customize a news feed that’s catered to their tastes. The company is eyeing an ad share plan with content providers as a potential revenue stream.


WRAL App Wins With Simplicity, Interactivity

Users of WRAL Raleigh, N.C.’s pioneering news app can check the news, weather and sports, as well as submit photos, video and email. They can even click to call the newsroom with tips. The station, which launched its first app with Sprint in 2004 and its first iPhone app in 2008, recently added a premium option for its popular ‘Behind Bars’ vertical. Key to the app’s success, WRAL says, is a simple interface and lots of interactivity.