News Apps Are Making A Comeback

The Reuters Institute’s annual report on digital news contains some surprises. More young Americans are paying for news.

Media Companies Getting Sick Of Facebook

News outlets are complaining about Facebook’s terms for TV-quality videos meant to compete with YouTube.

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Denver News Battles Amid Digital Revolution

These days, staying competitive means more than just refreshing the faces reading the news. That has forced not only television stations but all news media to experiment with digital formats and other types of engagement as viewers — particularly younger ones — melt away from traditional delivery methods and turn toward mobile and online consumption.

Univision’s Urgent Sense Of Purpose

The Spanish-language network is a striking example of a news organization that is meeting the needs of a frightened and information-famished audience.

Univision Expands Midday Local Newscasts

Both on-air and streaming, newscasts will also include collaboration with Univision radio stations.

Tech Boosts WaPo’s Financial Performance

Before Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO and e-commerce visionary, bought The Washington Post in 2013, the Post was losing revenue and its losses were widening, as it struggled to find income to replace its decline in print ads. The Post is now privately owned and doesn’t discuss specific figures, but says revenue and profits are up, as subscribers grow and digital ad revenue increases. Its monthly web traffic has grown 56%, to 78.7 million over the past two years, according to ComScore.

How NBC News Got Video Load Times Under 3 Sec.

New York Times Promotes Levien To COO

The New York Times announced today that it had promoted Meredith Kopit Levien, who had been chief revenue officer since 2015, to executive vice president and chief operating officer, as part of a restructuring of The Times’s digital departments.

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WCAU To Stream Suicide Report On Website

WSJ Killing Its What’s News App

The Wall Street Journal is the latest news organization to build a mobile-first secondary app as a user-interface playground — and then return focus to the core app.

Fox News May Tap Kotch As Website Editor

The Wall Street Journal reports that discussions are under way for Noah Kotch, the editor of News Corp’s right-leaning news site Heat Street, to take the reins of FoxNews.com. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.

 

Apple News Is Getting Its First Editor In Chief.

Washington Post Gets its Own Reddit Page

The Washington Post and Advance Local are the first to get profile pages to post stories, ask me anythings and all the memes they want.

Hannity, A Murder & Why Fake News Endures

As the case of the Seth Rich murder shows, uncorroborated stories will spread as long as some people want to tell them, and others want to believe.

NBC News To Produce Snapchat News Show

Social media juggernaut Snapchat announced new original content that will be available for viewing on its Discover platform this fall. One of the upcoming entries will be the platform’s first daily news show, which will be produced by NBC News. Like other Snapchat shows, the daily news program will be 4-5 minutes in length.

WaPo Breaks New Ground As It Breaks News

As with Watergate, the paper’s scoops about the administration are helping shape the national conversation. They are also driving its digital success.

New York Times Will Offer Buyouts To Editors

The New York Times plans to release “more information by the end of the month” about a buyout program for editors amid a much-anticipated reduction of the editing staff. A memo sent to the newsroom this morning by Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn said: “We’re working hard to improve and streamline our editing system. Our goal is to preserve meticulous text editing while meeting the demands of digital, which requires more speed and more visual storytelling. We have also said that we expect some reductions in the size of the newsroom, including in the editing staff.”

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Newsy Slots New Live News Show ‘The Why’

The two-hour nightly news show is set to launch this summer. It also reveals plans for expanded, long-form original content.

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Marvin Renaud Joins The Weather Channel

NY Times Has Over 2M Digital-Only Subs

The more The New York Times gets trashed by President Trump, the more its subscriptions seem to surge. The New York Times on Wednesday reported the addition of 308,000 net digital subscribers in the first quarter of 2017, the most of any quarter in the newspaper’s history, pushing it past the 2 million subscriber mark. Subscriptions to the company’s news products fall just shy of 2 million, according to the company, because the total number includes subscribers to the company’s crossword product.

Cal Perry Named NBC News Global Digital Ed.

MSNBC’s Cal Perry will be moving to London as global editor of digital content for NBC News. In this new position, Perry will build a team of contributing digital journalists, video producers and more from around the globe that will focus on stories ranging from global politics and breaking news to off-beat local features.

Sinclair Targets Millennials With Circa

Millennials looking for a no-spin video news and entertainment space are flocking to Circa, a digital platform launched by Sinclair Broadcast Group last summer. Circa’s team of 60-plus journalists have apparently found a formula for creating original video-driven stories and reformatting compelling footage from SBG’s local newscasts into the kind of fast-paced videos that millennials prefer for mobile consumption and social sharing.

Breitbart Denied Congressional Press Passes

NBC News Digital Hires David Firestone As ME

Yahoo Demise A Death Knell For Digital News

The beleaguered company’s failure is a sign of what’s to come for many ad-based websites.

Speed Builds Audience, Sloth Loses Them

Delivering great content is the best way to build audience, on air and on the web. But just as a broadcast needs a strong transmitter signal, a website needs fast-loading pages.

Boston Globe Wants To Transform Papers

The Globe is the latest paper trying to “once and for all break the stubborn rhythms of a print operation, allowing us to unabashedly pursue digital subscriptions.”

Univision Plans Hyper-Local Digital Newscasts

Univision is launching five hyper-local versions of its digital newscast, Edición Digital, in California, New York, Dallas, Miami and Houston.

Digital-Media Startup Mic Banks $21 Million

Mic, a digital news and lifestyle media startup targeting (who else?) millennials, announced that it has raised $21 million in Series C financing from investors including Time Warner.

What Does Fake News Say About Digital Age?

By looking more closely at how fake news moves and mobilizes people, we can develop a richer picture of not only how much it circulates where, but also why it circulates and how it resonates among different publics.

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Former San Antonio Star Marrou Anchoring Again

Mic To Offer Nine New Content Brands

The millennial-focused web publisher Mic is rolling out nine new digital brands, including the personal finance-focused Payoff and Slay, which tackles women’s issues.

Spirited Media Plans Digital Local News Chain

After combining with Denverite, the company behind Billy Penn and The Incline hopes to prove its events-heavy model can work in a dozen or more cities.

CNN Launches Dedicated VR Journalism Unit

CNN is making a grand entrance into the immersive medium of VR with a new effort called CNNVR. It says it is launching the VR unit to “transport users to the front row of global events.” CNN has already worked on nearly 50 pieces of 360-degree content, so the main news is that there is now a more centralized home for viewing the content and a more formalized internal structure for producing it.

NowThis Moving Into Investigative Journalism

Short-form news video giant NowThis is getting into long-form programming, original shows and investigative journalism. The company is embarking on an “aggressive hiring plan” to support the production of more original news reports and video series, according to Athan Stephanopoulos, president of NowThis.

CNN’s Zucker Unveils Plan To Rule Digital

Amid his feud with the president, CNN chief Jeff Zucker is taking his battle for TV news dominance online with a monthly audience of 100 million and a strategy to beat Vice and BuzzFeed, move stars like Anthony Bourdain and W. Kamau Bell to the web, and launch Casey Neistat, the vlog star he hired on the advice of his teen son.

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Picture Yourself In Va. As Digital Content Director

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Layoffs Hit DNAinfo Chicago

CBS Makes $9.5M Bid For Scout Media

Scout Media, the digital sports media site in Chapter 11 , said it has secured a $9.5 million “stalking horse” bid from CBS to take over its assets.

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Morse: Stations Have To Do Digital Differently

On Day 1 of TVN‘s NewsTECHForum, Andrew Morse of CNN Digital Worldwide emphasized that stations need to produce digital news content with an eye primarily on the platforms and audiences for which the content is being designed. In addition, the quality of the content is more important than how it’s branded.