Trump Impeachment: A Quill-And-Ink Process Enters The Digital Age

WRAL Digital Launches All-New App Design

Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C. (DMA 27) today announced that its WRAL News app, “the first mobile app from a local U.S. TV station, has been completely rebuilt and redesigned to give users more control over the content that is most important to them.” The new app puts users in the driver’s seat […]

CNN Digital Producer Kelly Daniel Heads To NBC News To Run The Streaming Service’s Morning Show

Joint Sky & NBC News Channel Confirmed, Set To Rival CNN & Bloomberg

Comcast confirmed plans to launch a global news platform with Sky News at the launch of its highly anticipated streaming offering Peacock. Variety understands that the new channel will be a brand new service that exists independent of Sky News and NBC News, with bases likely to be set up in London and New York and a team of journalists around the world. The new venture, which is as yet untitled, could contend with the likes of CNN and Bloomberg.

Natasha Alford Upped At TheGrio Digital Network Platform

Entertainment Studios has named Natasha Alford the vice president of digital content for TheGrio digital network platform. In her new position, Alford will continue to be based at the Entertainment Studios offices in New York. Alford’s writing and on-air commentary has appeared on TheGrio for four years during her tenure as deputy editor, as well as numerous other outlets from The New […]

Nexstar To Air Primetime WGN America News

The live, daily three-hour primetime News Nation will draw on the experience and in-market expertise of Nexstar’s 5,400 local journalists and 110 newsrooms across the country. Leading the effort is Jennifer Lyons as VP news of WGN America.

NY Times Claims Record Digital Growth In 2019

In town hall meetings inside The New York Times Co. today, President-CEO Mark Thompson will announce significant milestones that the company achieved in 2019: It passed its goal of $800 million of annual digital revenue a year ahead of schedule. In 2015, when digital revenue was around $400 million, The Times set itself the objective […]

New Deadspin Owner Plans To Relaunch Site In Chicago Amid Union Tension

Papers Generate Uncommon Bipartisan Unity

Lawmakers from both parties blame companies like Facebook and Google for the struggles of local newspapers.

Jennifer Griffin’s Breaking News Scoop Drives FNC Digital To New High

Should TV News Show Texas Church Shooting?

A shooting in a Texas church left three dead Sunday and countless others reeling — not only because they witnessed it in real life, but because the events were captured on a livestream feed of the service, which was then replayed across the major news networks. But was that replaying ethical?

A Year Of Bad News For The News Industry

2019 will go down as the year of the media apocalypse. Nearly 8,000 newsroom jobs disappeared this year in a flurry of layoffs, buyouts and mergers. Digital outlets like BuzzFeed and Vice eliminated entire areas of coverage while legacy media giants like Gannett cut hundreds of positions after a merger. And some local news outlets shut down altogether, leaving huge swaths of the country with no local papers at all.

Applying Gaming To Newscast Engagement

Cronkite News wanted to test the idea that audiences on-air and online would stay longer and be more engaged with our coverage if we gave them the chance to participate via a live news quiz testing their knowledge of recycling while we reported on the problem. For easy scoring, we opted to go with 10 questions incorporated during the first 15 minutes of our newscast dedicated to recycling coverage. Spoiler alert: This show dramatically overperformed its average for audience engagement.

Online Publishers Look To Smaller Traffic Sources

Many publishers are seeing more of their traffic being driven from mobile news aggregators like TopBuzz, News Break, Flipboard and SmartNews, all of which have emerged as quietly potent traffic drivers for some publishers. The days of simply relying on traffic from Google or Facebook are long gone and smart publishers are proactively diversifying their traffic sources.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM

Feeding The Voracious Multiplatform Beast

As television news broadcasters move to expand their reach into web, mobile and OTT platforms, they are adopting a number of tools and strategies including more automation, better collaboration tools and, in some cases, internal software development. L-r: Gray’s Mike Fass, Avid’s Ray Thompson, Fox’s Emily Stone and ABC’s Fabian Westerwelle. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM

NewsTECHForum | News Storytelling A Whole New Ballgame

Compelling images, active promotion, especially on social media and the ability to capture viewer interest quickly are all keys to attracting and keeping younger audiences. L-r: Dalet’s Stephane Guez, ABC’s Michael Koenigs, NBC’s Matt Goldberg and WFAA’s David Schechter. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

NBC/Telemundo Stations Overhaul CMS, Sites

The stations launch a new, immersive design across desktop and mobile web in 30 markets. The new CMS offers greater flexibility for newsrooms to share content across multiple platforms/channels while the redesign highlights breaking news, weather, investigative reporting and video to English and Spanish-speaking users in a new way.

The Human Toll Of The 2019 Media Apocalypse

More than 3,000 journalists lost their jobs this year. These are some of their stories.

Vox Media To Cut 200 Freelancers, Citing California Gig-Worker Law

Trusting The News Media In The Trump Era

Partisan dynamics overshadow other factors in Americans’ evaluations of the news media.

Greta Thunberg Documentary In The Works At Hulu

NBC Digital Workers Join NewsGuild Of N.Y.

The editorial employees at NBC News Digital voted overwhelmingly to unionize with the NewsGuild of New York, which will now represent about 150 employees at nbcnews.com, today.com and msnbc.com. The vote tally, announced Friday, was 90-40 in favor of unionizing.

Study: Trump Fans Critical Of Journalists

A Pew Research Center study found that 17% of Republicans who somewhat approve of Trump’s performance said they believe journalists have very low ethical standards, and 12% of “never-Trump” Republicans felt that way. However, 40% of Republicans who strongly approve of Trump agree that reporters have very low ethical standards. Another 45% answered low, leaving out the “very,” the Pew study said.

CBS Launches CBSN Minnesota

It marks the newest expansion of major market local news streaming services from CBS and features local news content produced by WCCO Minneapolis.

Reporters Slam Social As Threat To News

Reporters Without Borders is seeking donations to its campaign to hold tech companies to the same ethical standards as news publishers, suggesting without it the click-driven ad model is a threat to reliable and accurate news. Currently, social media companies are not legally liable for their content, as are publishers, and generally argue they are not published, but rather platforms allowing others to publish speech.

Banikarim To Head Newsgathering At Vice

Susie Banikarim, a journalist with nearly two decades of experience in digital and TV news, is joining Vice News as one of its top editorial execs. Vice Media Group tapped Banikarim as EVP and global head of newsgathering for Vice News, a newly created role. She will be based out of Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters and report to Jesse Angelo, president of global news and entertainment.

NBC O&Os Switching To New Site Design

Social Media Is A Trap

Jim Brady: “While we’ve been chasing that adulation and virality, social has been chipping away at the core of what journalism has spent decades building.”

NBC’s Visual Storytellers Leave The Past Behind

Meagan Harris, news director at NBC’s owned stations LX: “The millennial and the younger-generation audience is really different from the traditional audience that’s been watching the news for a long time. So LX is an avenue where we can throw any rule out the window and innovate without the risk of losing our core [local TV] audience.”

How Digital News Differs From On-Air

Network news digital chiefs discuss the challenges of getting their services to users on the go.

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

ABC’s Localish Masters Social Storytelling

ABC Owned Television Stations has won 2019’s Innovator Award, the top honor in TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Awards, for its Localish collective of highly engaging digital shorts. One secret: an indispensible “wow” moment in every video.

Washington Post Launches First Spanish-Language News Podcast

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

WJLA’s Patrickis Masters Facebook Profile Videos

Caroline Patrickis, digital reporter for Sinclair’s WJLA Washington, is the winner of TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Award for media talent. Her uncanny knack for capturing moving and meaningful stories in short Facebook videos has led to millions of shares.

Bloomberg Renames TicToc Service QuickTake

Bloomberg Media is dropping TicToc as the name of its two-year-old social-media news service, rebranding it as “QuickTake by Bloomberg.” The move comes as the media company preps the launch of an over-the-top streaming news channel in 2020, with the new QuickTake group merging its TicToc and longer-form digital video teams for a total staff of 80 dedicated to internet video.

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

On Facebook, KABC Focuses On Essentials

The Los Angeles ABC Owned Television Station, winner of TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Award for large market stations, aims to “dial in to the information people are going to need” on Facebook. Its high engagement there reflects efforts to connect with the market’s sizeable Hispanic viewership and its deft management of topic-specific Facebook Groups.

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

KKTV Builds Facebook Loyalty With Content

The Gray-owned, Colorado Springs CBS affiliate is this year’s Social Media Excellence Award winner for small-medium markets. Its robust audience has grown around the station’s commitment to a steady stream of locally important content there.

The New Power Brokers In Sports Media

The sports media landscape has shifted significantly over the past few months, with flagship sports brands falling victim to layoffs, shutdowns and consolidation, while newer players report strong growth.

How Bloomberg TV Will Cover The Boss

Network staffers have also been told that, when in doubt about whether a disclaimer is needed, they should use it, a company source said.

DMA 37: CINCINNATI

How WKRC Hopes To Lure Younger Viewers

YouTube is not a new platform, but young reporters like WKRC Cincinnati’s Clancy Burke are part of a growing phenomenon that reflects its popularity. Millennial and Gen-Z hires in local TV newsrooms are increasingly likely to have established YouTube “brands” of their own — creating both a challenge and an opportunity for their bosses.

Public Media Looks To New CMS

With CPB’s backing, a push to transition NPR station sites to a new content management system has expanded to include TV stations and joint licensees.