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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Americans Favor Mobile Devices Over Desktops And Laptops For Getting News

New Journalism Hires At Newsy

Scripps-owned Newsy, a next-generation video news network available via a cable channel, over-the-top, connected TV services and digital platforms, has added two journalists. Sasha Ingber joins Newsy as a reporter on the politics team, focusing on election security. She comes from NPR, where she reported on major national and international stories. Before beginning her career in journalism, […]

CBS Makes Streaming News Available To Affiliates

Any news junkie in need of a live-Information fix can toggle on to any number of streaming news outlets. Now, TV stations affiliated with CBS can do the same. CBS News told affiliates in a memo Tuesday that it would allow them to use live coverage from its CBSN streaming-video hub to keep news events on the air even when the network’s traditional reports had come to an end.

Fox News Digital Delivers Record Month In Multiplatform Views

Fox News Digital finished the month of October delivering its largest month of multiplatform views to date, and notching its ninth consecutive month topping in total views and 13th straight month outpacing in total minutes, according to Comscore. Fox News Digital secured 1.9 billion multi-platform views, (a 24%  increase from October 2018) and 4.1 billion total […]


ABC Stations Top Social Media Excellence Awards

ABC Owned Television Stations have won the Innovator Award, the top honor in TVNewsCheck’s second annual Social Media Excellence Awards. KABC, the group’s Los Angeles station, was also recognized with the award in the Large Market Category.  This year’s awards will be presented at NewsTECHForum on Dec. 16 followed by a panel discussion with the winners moderated by Social News Desk’s Kim Wilson.


CBS Launches CBSN San Francisco Bay Area

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

Lara Logan Joins Fox Nation For Docuseries

Fox Nation, the on-demand subscription-based streaming service soon to celebrate its one-year anniversary, will present a four-part docuseries in conjunction with Warm Springs Productions and former CBS News journalist Lara Logan. Launching in January, the new series will consist of 16 investigative episodes focused on four key subjects: media bias, immigration, socialism and veterans. Entitled No […]


Reporting Is On Trial In Trump Coverage

Emily Bell: Newsrooms often lack a strategy to cope with the new world of instant social media outrage.

McClatchy Says So Long To Sat. (Print) Papers

The fifth-largest newspaper chain in the country will try to encourage more digital subscriptions with a weekend plan affecting dailies in 14 states.

FBI Mob Tapes Latest In WPRI’s Digital Series

An audio recording by the FBI inside a home in a quiet Massachusetts neighborhood captured the secret induction ceremony of a Mafia crime family as they took the oath of secrecy to join La Costa Nostra. That recording is the subject of the latest episode of the digital-only series, 12 On 12, by WPRI, Nextar’s CBS affiliate in Providence, R.I.

Postcards From The Road To OTT

Cheese-moving became the go-to metaphor for change in the late 1990s when Spencer Johnson published the 96-page book Who Moved My Cheese. As journalism leaders, we have been talking about change for decades, but most of the disruption in television has been taking place in the margins. Is streaming technology the “seismic” change predicted by one industry observer? Is this change for real?

Head Of The Onion, Deadspin Sued For Sex Discrimination

Facebook Under Scrutiny As News Publisher

A little more than two weeks after Facebook announced a news initiative, the social network was on the defensive, responding to a published report that a website co-founded by the company’s top news executive had displayed bias against Elizabeth Warren.

Barron’s Group, Nasdaq Launching Weekly Show

Fox Nation Hosts First Patriot Awards

Haeringer Back At NBC To Run Quibi Partnership

Madeleine Haeringer, a longtime producer at MSNBC and NBC News, is returning to the network to run the news division’s partnership with Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi.

Vox Media-New York Media Merger Official

Todd Johnson Named Chief Content Officer Of The Grio

Entertainment Studios today appointed Todd Johnson chief content officer of the company’s digital media platform, The Grio. Johnson is based at the Entertainment Studios New York City offices. Johnson first joined The Grio shortly after it launched in August 2009, as a video journalist and reporter. Johnson’s original video news features included highlighting exceptional talents […]


WCMH Turns Debate Into Interactive Watch Party

The interactive watch party hosted by WCMH, Nexstar’s NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, was also made available to all the Nexstar TV stations. “So if they were watching on desktop, they could click the options with their mouse, or if they were watching on their phone, they could tap the screen to vote,” said Haley Townsend, WCMH’s digital director.

Americans Trust Local News. That’s Being Exploited

The nature of the news misinformation problem may be changing. As consumers become more skeptical about the national news they encounter online, impostor local sites that promote ideological agendas are becoming more common. These sites exploit the relatively high trust Americans express in local news outlets — a potential vulnerability in Americans’ defenses against untrustworthy information.

Road To OTT: Finding That Content Sweet Spot

How do news organizations find their footing when the ground starts shifting? The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is providing a hands-on view into the process that’s unfolding as newsrooms at the Missouri School of Journalism begin exploring and launching over-the-top products and projects.

Deadspin Editor Fired Amid Pushback Over ‘Stick To Sports’ Memo

NBC News Digital Beefing Up Staffing

Chris Berend, EVP of NBC News Digital, said in a memo today that his division is adding 70 jobs. The 20% boost in staffing is part of the company’s efforts to expand the NBC News NOW streaming service into a 24-hour platform of live programming as early as this winter. NBC Left Field, the company’s digital video studio founded two years ago, and its MACH science and tech vertical are being shuttered.