Fox O&Os Create ‘Pop-Up’ Pandemic Channel

TheCoronavirusNow website went live on March 10. It was a quick launch triggered by a brainstorming session among senior Fox Stations executives late in February. CoronavirusNow, a lesson in rapid innovation, is an online aggregation site that combines content from 18 owned stations and other company assets (such as Fox Business). But unusually, there are also multiple links to stories from other sources — not just agencies like the AP or Reuters but organizations like NPR and the BBC.

Tegna Verify And WUSA Launching Coronavirus Project

Tegna’s Verify team along with a medical professional has scheduled a live AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit today at 6 p.m. ET, in the r/Coronavirus subreddit, which has more than 2 million followers. This is the first time it is integrating an AMA with one of its broadcast programs. The Q and A, WUSA […]

Is CBSN The Future Of TV News?

With the traditional broadcast and cable news outlets branded as partisan, lacking local resources and beset by cord-cutting, the streaming service has an opening.

Nexstar Sites, Mobile Apps Top 1.1B Page Views

With users up 133% and page views up 250% in April from April 2019, Nexstar’s websites and apps now reach 36% of U.S. adults.

Tally: Newsroom Layoffs, Furloughs, Closures

It’s getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now. But we have to. Here’s Poynter’s attempt to collect the layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus’ critical blow to the economy and journalism in the United States. It was last updated on May 18.

Digital News Highfliers Cut Their Staffs

The layoffs came swiftly last week. At Vice Media, 155 people lost their jobs. Quartz laid off 80. Condé Nast, publisher of glossy magazines such as Vogue, cut 100 people. And as BuzzFeed furloughed staffers at its overseas divisions, its U.S.-based staffers braced for similar cuts. For those who had been watching local newspapers struggle in the era of digitization, these announcements were sobering: Even the media business’s most savvy, innovative and glamorous players are hurting.

Jacques Natz Named GM Of New York’s News 12

Altice USA’s News 12 Networks, the hyperlocal news group serving the New York tri-state area, today appointed Jacques Natz general manager. Natz reports to Eric Harris, chief operating officer of Altice News. A veteran journalist, digital and media strategist, Natz is responsible for the oversight of the entire News 12 organization, including editorial and business […]

Vice Media Cuts 155 More Staffers

Vice Media has laid off roughly 155 employees, according to a Friday memo from CEO Nancy Dubuc. The memo, reviewed by TheWrap, said 55 of the cuts will be domestic and around 100 will be from overseas divisions.

Soledad O’Brien Keeping Journalism Peers In Line

Quartz To Lay Off 80 Employees

Nearly half the employees at the international business news site will lose their jobs as the eight-year-old outlet emphasizes paid subscriptions over advertising revenue.

Clarke Seeks Payroll Protection For Digital Journos

Rep. Evette Clarke (D-N.Y.) is leading an effort to get some economic security for digital-native journalists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Joined by some two dozen colleagues, Clarke sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) saying that without immediate payroll assistance for those digital journalists’ employers, many formerly profitable media outlets will go under, and their staffs will be out of work.

RTDNA Announces Regional Murrow Winners

Selected from a record of more than 5,000, these 750 regional winners represent the best in local broadcast news. The winning work includes 36 podcasts, a new category for 2020, along with nearly 50 investigative reports and more than 100 examples of excellence in innovation, social media and multimedia.

Big Tech Has Crushed the News Business. That’s About to Change

Megyn Kelly Gets On-Camera Interview With Biden Accuser

NYT’s Success With Digital Subs Is Accelerating

In January, the Times announced it had passed 5 million total subscriptions. Yesterday, it announced it had passed 6 million. Ad revenue is cratering, but the path forward remains sustainable.

BuzzFeed News Has A New Editor In Chief

The investigative journalist Mark Schoofs, a Pulitzer Prize winner, returns to the site after having set up its investigative unit in 2014.

Pandemic Broadens World Of ABC’s Localish

Localish, the millennial-targeted project from ABC’s stations that jumped from digital beginnings to linear broadcast, has expanded its horizons in the wake of COVID-19. It’s using its signature approach to positive, community-oriented stories to circle back on past subjects in a virus-changed world and explore wider corners beyond the group’s markets. Above, Michael Koenigs, the executive producer of Localish.

Vox Media Site Curbed To Be Merged Into New York Magazine

LMA Names News Innovators Of The Year

Jennifer Mitchell, from ABC Owned Television Stations, leads original nonlinear content production, while Daniel Alvarez, from NBCU Owned Television Stations, leads bilingual content initiatives.

What You Need To Know About TikTok

Storytelling Experiments During Pandemic

COVID-19 has triggered an explosion of innovation among local station groups. Stations are also experimenting with content and creating new programs that could point the way to a more flexible and less formulaic approach to storytelling down the road, even when the worst of the crisis has passed. One impressive example: Field Notes, a new magazine show on Facebook Watch and other digital platforms produced by Hearst Television and based on the virus-related reporting of its local stations in all 26 of its markets.

Document Lays Out Plan For Vice Layoffs

An internal document at Vice Media Group lays out a plan for substantial layoffs at the new-media company’s websites, as Vice considers a variety of options to deal with coronavirus pandemic. The planning document calls for layoffs of more than 300 people in digital operations, including major cuts at both Vice News and Refinery29, the women-focused digital publisher Vice acquired last year.

ABC News Live Launching On YouTube TV And Amazon’s News App

ABC News Names Victoria Thompson Executive Producer Of Multiplatform Projects

For Newsy, Digital Nativity Aided Its Virus Pivot

As a digital-centric news organization, Newsy was better prepared than many to shift to remote working conditions. What’s changed is a tighter collaborative relationship with other E.W. Scripps-owned sister companies, including Court TV and TV stations.

Former Dallas Anchors Join KDAF To Host Digital Coronavirus Show

TVN EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH JED WILLIAMS

TVN Executive Session | LMA: COVID-19 Opens A Window For Membership Prospects

The Local Media Association’s Jed Williams was working with a trio of TV stations on a pilot membership model when the coronavirus struck. He says the moment made clear TV broadcasters’ importance to their communities. It may also be an ideal moment to deepen the relationship with viewers with an endgame of new revenue streams when normalcy returns.

Biden Proposes Holding Online Dem Convention

The party “may have to do a virtual convention,” the former vice president said Sunday. “The idea of holding the convention is going to be necessary. We may not be able to put 10, 20, 30,000 people in one place,” he told ABC’s This Week, calling an online convention “very possible.”

ABC News Live, O&Os Set New Streaming Apps

New apps from ABC News Live debut on Fire TV and Android TV platforms with an update coming to the Roku platform and Apple TV apps. The ABC Owned Television Stations are also introducing market-specific apps on Fire TV, Android TV, the Roku platform and Apple TV.

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.”

The Medical News Site That Saw The Coronavirus Coming Months Ago

Ruptly Announces New Partnership With TVU

Video news agency Ruptly today announced a strategic partnership with TVU Networks, the global online broadcast distributor. The long-term collaboration will allow media partners to receive Ruptly’s live transmissions over the internet at full broadcast quality using the TVU Grid platform — a faster, more intuitive and more cost-effective delivery system. Using TVU Grid’s powerful delivery system, […]

Slate Launches A Metered Paywall

With Ad Rates Falling, Snopes Can’t Keep Up With Coronavirus Misinformation

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.