The media startup plans to use some of the financing to expand its capacity for data analysis, product development and audience growth, as well as developing new coverage areas and increasing staffing.
A funny game. A scary conclusion: today’s social tools, put in capable hands, make false information very hard to detect and extraordinarily damaging.
Business video net Cheddar plans to launch a second channel focused on national and world news next year. The channel is part of Cheddar’s expansion plans in 2018 and beyond as the company looks to grow its $11 million annual business. The new channel, which will be called Cheddar Big News, will be modeled after CNN’s Headline News in that it will focus on the biggest news stories of the day.
On the heels of the shuttering of DNAinfo and Gothamist, Spirited Media is working to build a profitable business model for local journalism. It’s latest move is to roll out a membership program as advertising sales struggle.
Several dozen news outlets participated in a new study, which finds that even a few stories can substantially increase discussion about a topic on Twitter.
They are struck by the paper’s non-promotional, ultra helpful presence. The not-so-revolutionary secret to the Post brand’s gradual acceptance by Reddit is its consistent transparency, including responding to unflattering accusations about the “Amazon Washington Post” and its ownership.
Cheddar is joining forces with WeWork to scale its on-air guest booking operation. It’s building remote studios in WeWork offices around the country, and eventually around the globe, to bring more TV-quality live shots to the network’s weekday live programming slate. The Cheddar team will go live with its first-ever daily broadcast from a WeWork location today in Hollywood.
Success? The New York Times is on track to hit $579 million in digital revenues this year — and $900 million by 2020.
Getting paying subscribers is the new obsession of publishing companies. The New York Times is famous for its Pulitzer-winning news coverage, but it’s the how-to pieces that are among the best performers when it comes to signing up new subscribers. The Times has had service journalism as part of its bundle since at least the 1970s, but it’s taking a more systematic approach to it today as part of an effort to double its digital revenue.
Revenue generation can be a complex landscape for digital publishers, especially those in small operations.
Former New Republic Editor Franklin Foer ruminates on the power he sees large tech companies holding over media outlets — a power he believes is detrimental to journalistic neutrality, the pursuit of truth and intellectual rigor. He talks about the dependence of media organizations on large tech platforms, his views on subscription-based models, and how he thinks journalism institutions should think about data and algorithms.
The former deputy editor, mobile at Bloomberg will lead the TV station group’s digital teams to produce and distribute content on multiple digital platforms.
Jeremy Campbell, a reporter/executive storyteller on WXIA Atlanta’s digital, investigative unit presents four suggestions on how make the transition from traditional to digital journalist and create “deep dive, digital release” stories.
On Tuesday, the New York Times Co. announced key appointments to product and design and the formation of a new products and ventures group, further defining the structure it announced in June. These changes, the company said, are designed to “streamline and raise the ambitions of the company’s digital operations in order to accelerate its rapidly growing […]
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Gizmodo Media Group, a division of Univision Communications, has sought to quickly defeat a defamation lawsuit brought over an article published on the sports website Deadspin, saying the complaint is intended to intimidate journalists. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.
NBC News’ twice-daily Snapchat show, Stay Tuned, has garnered more than 29 million unique viewers since launching July 18, the companies announced Friday. The show’s debut came after NBCUniversal invested $500 million in Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, as part of its initial public offering in March.
The Washington Post’s director of video and senior editor will highlight a conference gathering news, technology and digital executives to discuss the newspaper’s aggressive video strategy and role as a multiplatform news competitor.
Is the growing adoption of artificial intelligence products by digital publishers a much-needed lifeline for a struggling industry, or the next deadly threat to its survival? Some worry that AI will eventually “take over” journalism, replacing skilled humans with soulless, data-scraping machines. But these three industry leaders are showing how innovative implementation of AI can free newsroom resources to focus on the vital journalistic tasks — like reporting and editing — that humans do best.
In the fall of 2014, CBS launched CBSN, a 24-hour streaming news channel available for free online and across all manner of smartphones, tablets and connected TV screens. Nearly three years in, CBSN is profitable. Going forward, the plan is to “take some of the success and reinvest it” into the business, according to Christy Tanner, SVP-GM of CBS News Digital for CBS Interactive. This includes putting money and resources toward new content, distribution partnerships and editorial products, which will often involve working in tandem with other departments in the broader CBS portfolio — a testament to how much CBS higher-ups value CBSN.
NBC News recently began production on Stay Tuned, a twice-daily newscast produced exclusively for users of the social media platform Snapchat. Young anchors Gadi Schwartz and Savannah Sellers tape their two-to-three minute programs in the Rockefeller Center studio belonging to the company where such innovations as color TV were developed. But making a newscast designed for a vertical screen of a mobile device did not require a technological breakthrough.
Univision Communications today announced the launch of the 2017 internship program with Miami Dade College’s Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC), the region’s premier animation and gaming educational facility. MAGIC’s top animators will be working with Univision Digital this summer and fall. The program allows students to work with multimedia editors and producers in news, […]
For the first time in New York Times history, digital-only subscription revenue ($82.5 million) has surpassed print advertising revenue ($77 million). Those numbers were revealed during the paper’s second quarter earnings call to investors Thursday, when executives also touted an increase in advertising growth from the previous year’s quarter — the first time that has occurred in nearly three years.
ABC News on Tuesday launched a partnership with millennial-focused video news site ATTN: to co-produce videos for social media including Facebook’s Instagram and for Twitter. The two will use ABC’s footage and equipment to produce stories that appeal to both companies’ audiences in a short-length format.
As NBC News prepared to build its first every newscast for the Snapchat app, it requires the NBC News team look at things in a whole new way — quite literally.
NBC News is launching a twice-per-day news show, Stay Tuned, on Snapchat, part of its push to attract younger viewers who tend to watch TV on mobile devices. Comcast’s NBCUniversal invested $500 million in Snapchat owner Snap Inc. during its initial public offering as it seeks to boost its digital offering.
On Monday, Politico is expected to announce a series of updates and a new product for Politico Pro, its subscription service, including a legislation compass that tracks the progress of bills making their way through Congress and a data-visualization product called DataPoint that now looks out across a wider variety of verticals. The new products come as Pro has gone from a 2010 side project to a 200-person operation that drives half of Politico’s yearly revenues.
What was once an imaginative mobile news app has become a big part of Sinclair’s national strategy — one that critics say pushes its conservative views on audiences.
Newsmax TV, a 24/7 news channel, launched today on the DirecTV and U-verse TV platforms. The independent conservative news outlet led by CEO Christopher Ruddy, debuted in 2014, covering breaking news, politics, health and finance. “With our launch on DirecTV and U-verse, Newsmax TV has the opportunity to serve more viewers,” Ruddy said. “Newsmax TV […]
News unions are back. They never really went away, of course, but for the first time in memory they are proactive rather than on the defensive. They are strong on promoting diversity and editorial independence, and often provide impressive raises, but tend to skimp on traditional worker protections — overtime pay and even just-cause firing — because they aren’t seen as that important to the new generation of newspeople.