For Fox Stations, OTT’s Target Is Niche

Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy says the group’s decision to target African-American viewers on OTT with Fox Soul was part of a broader strategy to break from the pack in streaming news. News Now, its multiplatform streamer, takes a different tack using live coverage stitched together and “deejayed” from its Phoenix station with other O&Os soon to contribute.

Fox News Media Launching Int’l Streamer

The new Fox News International platform will provide Fox News Channel and Fox Business programming to 20 countries by early 2021.

Ken Doctor Is Starting His Own News Outlet

Over the last 15 years, Ken Doctor has made his living as a critic of the news industry. A onetime media executive who started out as a publisher and editor of an alt weekly, Doctor regularly warns against hedge-fund ownership of news outlets in a column he writes for Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab. Media companies hire him as a consultant, and he is often quoted in articles on the dismal state of local news coverage in America. Now, at age 70, Doctor is leaving his life as an armchair expert and starting a local news company.

New Rev Opportunities At OTT News Summit

Executives from NBCUniversal, E.W. Scripps, Sinclair and CBC will share their latest approaches to monetizing their streaming channels as pandemic audiences grow but TV’s advertising fortunes have been more challenged. Register here.

Spectrum Networks Launches Local News App

Charter’s Spectrum Networks has launched the Spectrum News App, offering video- and text-based stories and live linear video feeds from its more than 30 TV news networks. The mobile-first service, free for all of Charter Spectrum’s 28 million residential internet, TV and mobile customers, is intended as a value-add to help maintain and grow Spectrum’s broadband and video customer base.

Australia To Make Google, Facebook Pay For News

In releasing a draft of a mandatory code of conduct, the government aims to succeed where other countries have failed in making the global digital giants pay for news siphoned from commercial media companies.

‘The Currency Is An Engaged Viewer’

A distinctive formula for local news finds a new platform. The Spectrum News App is designed as a “value add” that enhances the value of the company’s broadband service: it’s the first content product to be created for all 28 million Spectrum residential customers, whether they subscribe to its video offerings or not.

After Quitting Deadspin In Protest, They’re Starting A New Site

Oprah Winfrey’s Magazine To Cease Print Publication As Brand Becomes ‘Digitally Centric’

How Can You Get Younger Viewers To Watch A Linear News Program?

The conventional school of thought teaches that the best way to engage younger viewers is to produce short, snappy, “snackable” content, but the people at LX News must have skipped class that day. The ongoing experiment in programming for millennials and Gen Z from the NBCUniversal Owned Stations took a big leap forward last month with the launch of its first live news programs.

Liz Plank Joins NBC News For Digital Series On Coronavirus With ‘Positive Spin’

Vox Media Lays Off 72 Staffers

Vox Media laid off about 6% of its staff on Thursday, citing the pandemic’s impact on revenue across the media industry. The digital media company, which owns a namesake news site as well as The Verge, Eater and the popular biweekly New York Magazine, employs about 1,200 people. This means the layoffs amount to 72 employees. The majority of these employees were already furloughed in April at the height of the US’ coronavirus pandemic.

How The Media Covered COVID & Racism

The 24-hour news cycle only moved away from the coronavirus once it was clear that people would not stop fighting for racial justice.

COMMENTARY

Many To Blame For Pandemic Misinformation

David Zurawik: “While Mr. Trump and enablers in the Republican Party and the media are clearly at the core of the problem, we are at a point where others in our information ecosystem also need to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they have done and are doing enough to give their fellow citizens the information needed to help us stem and survive this pandemic.”

NBC News Chief Vows To Boost Diversity

In a memo to staff, NBC News Group Chairman Cesar Conde writes that the organization aspires to achieve “two concrete goals: that 50% of our News organization employees be women and 50% of our total workforce be people of color.”

KOKH Tweets Misleading Headline About Wearing Masks

New York Times Pulls Out Of Apple News

NBC News Digital Names Michelle Garcia Editorial Director Of NBCBLK

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of Digital News

It’s a conundrum for news leaders: Finding time to keep up with the critical industry trends, while juggling the always-on demands of covering the news of the day. That was true even before 2020 brought us a global pandemic and a long overdue reckoning on race. But there really are a few reports each year that point to where the news industry is going, not where it’s been. The annual Reuters Digital News Report, which surveyed 80,000 news consumers globally across 40 countries, is one. Here are some top takeaways.

COMMENTARY

Press Credentials: The Right To Report Should Not Be The Purview Of Government

Norman Siegel: “The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States provides, in part, that government shall not abridge freedom of the press. Clearly, free expression by journalists, or by anyone with access to the equivalent of a printing press, is a cornerstone principle of our republic. The challenge to uphold this basic value is, unfortunately, an ongoing struggle.”

News Consumption Down Since COVID Peak

News consumption has fallen 11% since its peak when the COVID-19 pandemic was originally declared in March, according to a new study by LoopMe.

More Americans Are Paying For Online News

The percentage of people paying for news online continues to increase — and people may even pay for more than one subscription. People worldwide blame domestic politicians most for spreading false and misleading information online. And more people than ever are getting news from Instagram, with 18- to 24-year-olds more than twice as likely as other age groups to prefer getting their news from social media. This is according to a new study from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Investigating Police Takes Collaboration And Context

Refomery29 Reeling From Claims Of Racism, Toxic Work Culture

$25,000 Collier Prize Awarded To The Oregonian

A four-part series telling the story of how corporate cash corrupted one of the greenest states in America earned TheOregonian the first Collier Prize for State Government Accountability. The $25,000 award, offered by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation. The February 2019 series, “Polluted by Money,” […]

Axios Allows Its Reporters To Join Protests

In a company memo, Jim VandeHei, the chief executive of the politics news site, said he supported staff members’ right to march, adding that the publisher would cover bail for any employee who is arrested.

The Complexity Of Reporting While Black

Reporters are often faced with tough situations. For black journalists, covering the George Floyd protests and other issues of racial injustice bears additional layers of complexity, one that involves managing encounters with law enforcement while on the job, and processing the emotional toll it can take to cover these events in the first place.

KTRK Houston To Host Virtual Town Hall On Relationship Between Police And Communities Of Color

ABC-owed KTRK Houston (DMA 8) will present a one-hour virtual town hall on Thursday, June 4, at 7-8 p.m. to discuss the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color. Hosted by KTRK anchors Melanie Lawson and Chauncey Glover, the town hall will address the historic tension between the police and minority groups. The special will […]

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Austin’s KXAN Investigations Are As Big As Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Even investigative journalism. Find out why KXAN Austin’s latest investigation involved almost two dozen people in news, digital, production and marketing, and how the station balances that content on TV and digital platforms across all the Nexstar stations in the Lone Star State.

WSVN Producer Released From Jail After Being Arrested While Covering Protests

Pandemic Doesn’t Slow CBS’s Local OTT Rollout

CBS Local Digital has continued to spin up new OTT channels despite the coronavirus-prompted remote working shift. Executives say months of close collaboration between CBSN, the network’s streaming arm, and CBS Television Stations’ digital team allowed the group to stay on its charted course.

NBC O&Os Launch Multiplatform ‘LX News’

The new show will air live Monday to Friday at 8-10 a.m. and 8-10 p.m. ET via over-the-air TV, cable and OTT/streaming, offering “context” to its targeted audience of millennials and Gen Z-ers.

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.