Demand For COVID-19 Facts On WhatsApp Is Skyrocketing

NewsGuard Busts Websites Sharing Fake Coronavirus Information

Pandemic Fuels WhatsApp, Social Media, TV

Kantar has just released findings of what it says is the largest-ever survey of consumers about the fast-moving pandemic, checking in with 25,000 consumers in 30 markets around the globe. Among the findings: People are doing 70% more web browsing, 63% more TV watching, and spending 61% more time on social media. WhatsApp has become increasingly more important, with an overall 40% increase in use.

Local Media Traffic Spikes 48% In Wake Of COVID-19

As millions of Americans around the country are being ordered to shelter in place and work from home, newsrooms across the U.S. are working harder than ever to keep their readers informed on the latest news involving the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, traffic across the TownNews customer network — made up of more than […]

Virus Revives Facebook As News Powerhouse

More than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus, according to an internal report.

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.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH PORTER BERRY

TVN Executive Session | FoxNews.com Touts Its Digital Lead

Coming off a record overall month this January in digital traffic according to Comscore data, Fox News Digital’s VP and editor-in-chief says FoxNews.com’s consistently strongest story is its home page.

WRAL Podcast Bets Transparency Builds Loyalty

Like every other newsroom, WRAL-TV is grappling with the unique challenges of covering the coronavirus. But the Capitol Broadcasting station in Raleigh is also exploring those challenges publicly in the latest episode of a new podcast called How to Commit Journalism.

FDIC Calls Out Newsmax Over ‘Misleading Ads’

Coronavirus Brings A Surge To News Sites

Many journalists are covering a once-in-a-lifetime story from home, thanks to Zoom and Slack. But as readers flock to large news outlets, ads are starting to disappear.

COVID-19: The Story Of A Lifetime For TV News

Big news stories can dominate the entire news cycle for weeks, months, even years. But very few are as earth shaking as the recent coronavirus outbreak, which is dominating the news cycle and changing the way news organizations work.

WUCF Orlando Changes Schedule, Offers Free Online Resources Amid Pandemic

News Orgs Drop Paywalls For Coronavirus Info

Media outlets big and small, from The New York Times to the Telegraph-Forum in Bucyrus, Ohio, are letting people read their coronavirus coverage without a subscription.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Messenger App A New Tool For Breaking News

Broadcasters including Gray Television and Cox Media Group have been beta testing the new Facebook Messenger Experience app from Social News Desk enabling users to opt in for breaking news and customized content. With 1.3 billion global Messenger users and a 50%-80% open rate, it opens a key new front to reach viewers, particularly as the coronavirus crisis escalates.

Fox News Returns To Twitter

Fox News is making a return to Twitter, more than a year after going silent on the social-media platform. Now the news outlet is poised to resurface on the venue, with executives envisioning the chance to use it as a service or a means of getting information about the coronavirus outbreak to followers. Approximately 18.5 million people follow the network on Twitter.

NEWS ANALYSIS

When Social Is More Accurate Than The President

All through February and early March, the voices of doctors and nurses on social media provided a vital antidote to those of confused and complacent political leaders embodied by President Trump. Their voices carried credibility and urgency in a way the always-on crisis of cable news can’t. They fed and were fed by credible journalism. And they helped force the United States to reckon with the crisis.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH BRUCE MACCORMACK

TVN Executive Session | Deep Fake Videos Pose Growing Threat To News

CBC adviser and news technologist Bruce MacCormack warns that deep fake videos have gotten more sophisticated and difficult to detect. Their creators are also proliferating, he says, and news organizations need to begin arming themselves against what could be “an existential threat” to their legitimacy.

Newsy Tells Employees In NY And DC To Stay Home Through April 3

COMMENTARY

In Praise Of Coronavirus Coverage

Poynter’s Tom Jones: “Despite early claims that the media was overblowing this story, creating a narrative where there was none and fueling unnecessary panic, this week has turned out to be one of journalism’s finest hours. The journalism on display this week during an ever-shifting and rapidly-moving story has been nothing short of spectacular.”

Doubts About The Future Of Digital News

In the span of just a few weeks, the top editors of two leading digital-news outfits called it quits. Ben Smith, who ran BuzzFeed News for eight years, took a job writing a column at the New York Times; Lydia Polgreen is leaving HuffPost to oversee a podcast company. Two does not make a trend, but it does raise a question: Do their departures — smack in the middle of the busiest news cycle in years — say something about the troubled state of the digital news media?

Coronavirus Gives Push To Service Journalism

So many podcasts, newsletters and TV specials have popped up in the outbreak’s wake, that Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation even joked about it last week: “Not to alarm you, but coronavirus-focused news products are spreading very quickly.”

How Newsrooms Are Preparing For Coronavirus

Newsrooms are creating contingency plans to make sure that they can adequately inform the public about the novel coronavirus while keeping their own employees safe.

CBS All Access Launches Animated ‘Tooning Out The News’ Series

WGAE And CBSN Agree To Contract

The Writers Guild of America East says it has negotiated the first contract with CBSN, which the guild said marks the first anchored live streaming service to be unionized.

NBC News Launches Content Studio To Pair Advertisers With Streaming Video

The NBCUniversal news operation is launching NBC News Custom Productions, an editorial unit devoted to finding ways to pair advertisers with a growing array of content options made for streaming-video outlets.

NBC News Explores ‘Today’ Streaming Options

In a memo issued Monday, NBC News Digital staffers were told that the company plans to explore streaming opportunities for Today and intends to shift some employees assigned to video “to focus on preparing for a streaming experience.” A person familiar with the matter says NBC News is mulling such an initiative, but cautioned that it is in its earliest days and is not guaranteed to come to fruition.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Sr. Multiplatform Producer Opening At WRAL

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s MediaJobCenter include an opening for a senior multiplatform producer at WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., who will plan and produce daily coverage — written, video and multimedia.

COMMENTARY

What Sanders Gets Right About The Media

The senator’s sweeping critique of coverage has more merit than we in the media like to admit.

 

Virus Misinformation Stumps Facebook, Twitter

Secret labs. Magic cures. Government plots. Despite efforts by social media companies to stop it, false information about the coronavirus is proliferating around the world.

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

CBS Launches CBSN Pittsburgh

The debut is the newest expansion of major market local news streaming services from CBS and features local news content produced by KDKA and WPCW.

CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane Joins New ’60 Minutes’ Program For Quibi

Sportswriting’s Future May Depend On The Athletic

DSLR To Mobile: Dongles Tips And Tricks

TVN’S NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | Different Vibe For KSAT’s Streaming ‘News At 9’

With the streaming-only The News At 9, Graham-owned KSAT in San Antonio is playing with the boundaries of a traditional newscast, blowing open the time constraints of traditional packages and going bold with deep dives and different presentation formats.

Breaking News — At The Push Of A Button

When Cleveland anchor Damon Maloney suddenly has to jump on a breaking story and cover it live on his station’s streaming platforms, he knows he’s in good hands. His own. It’s no longer unusual for stations to offer original streaming content. But Gray’s CBS affiliate WOIO is betting that it can make its mark with breaking news on OTT platforms by adding distinctive elements to its coverage. And the approach relies on technology that puts the talent in the driver’s seat, requiring journalists like Maloney to function as reporter, anchor, producer, director and executive producer all at the same time.

Why The Success Of The NYT May Be Bad News For Journalism

Poynter, Google To Help Local Newsrooms Reach Younger Audiences

The Poynter Institute and Google News Initiative are teaming up to help three local newsrooms reach new, young audiences through engaging, shareable social video storytelling. The yearlong program, VidSpark, will culminate with a playbook that local newsrooms across the country can use to engage younger people in their communities. The three participants are Tegna’s CBS […]

Conservative Pundits Blame Grab Bag Of Supposed Villains Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

NBC News Sets Broad Coronavirus Effort

The new initiative includes a 24/7 live-blog on nbcnews.com with the latest updates from the network’s medical, business, political and investigative reporters.

Former ‘NBC Nightly News’ EP Sam Singal Joins Spectrum As VP, Content And Editorial