Rio Games Prompt Digital News Experiments

Joseph Lichterman looks at novel approaches to Olympics coverage via The New York Times (SMS updates and how-they-did-it interactives), The Washington Post (bots), The Guardian (push alerts including leaderboards, polls and quizzes) and The Wall Street Journal (an “Armchair Olympian” set of interactives). 

Telemundo Ups Sunol To VP Digital News

Eduardo Suñol is now in charge of the network’s digital operation, overseeing the creation of original digital content in Spanish and English.

 

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WIBW-AM Goes After Social Audience With Video

Twitter To Stream Bloomberg TV Shows

Twitter is expanding its livestream offerings by partnering with Bloomberg to air four of its TV shows on the social sharing site and applications. The media company will soon livestream Bloomberg West, What’d You Miss?, With All Due Respect and the network’s markets coverage on Twitter.

Day In The Life Of ABC News’ Live Video Chief

Sara Amos, ABC News’ EP of live products, oversees six live feeds for the network’s digital platforms, ranging from ABCNews.com’s live video hub to Good Morning America‘s daily Periscope. She talks about her daily routine and the many challenges of managing a multi-stream digital experience.

SmartNews, News Discovery App, Raises $38M

How FNC Became Facebook’s Most-Engaged Site

Univision Offers Digital News In English

Targeted to digital users who consume news in English, the new “Univision News” section takes Univision’s original content and a Latino perspective to an English-speaking audience.

 

CBS Sports Live Streaming NBA Draft Tonight

Online Startups Tackle Local News

Some see a news hole left behind by the shrinking newsrooms of traditional city newspapers and alt-weeklies. Others want to woo smartphone-addicted millennial readers. They’re using newsletters and social media like Instagram to build an audience for their sites.

BitTorrent Mulls Launch Of TV News Network

BitTorrent already has a number of niche channels, but it’s now considering a live TV network among them in time for the election this fall. It’s currently looking to hire a news director to build out a team of journalists. A 24/7 news operation won’t be likely at the start, however, and it will probably instead “focus its coverage on breaking news events, including ‘political campaigns, sporting events, tech and cultural events.’ “

COMMENTARY BY JIM BRADY

Brady: Let’s Stop Killing Local News

Billy Penn’s Jim Brady says local journalists are often their own worst enemy in the struggle to keep their news organizations alive. That’s because they’ve been slow to adapt and have drifted away from a focus on their customers and communities. He says refocusing there creates opportunity for a robust events business drawing from the news, and it opens the possibilities to more engaging ads that will circumvent the blockers for their utility value.

What Legacy Media Can Learn From Pureplays

Digital natives may have paved the path to innovation so far, but legacy brands have their advantages as well.

Video News Growing Slower Than Predicted

A new report from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism suggests that text may have a longer run, at least for news. Consumption of online news video is still a minority behavior around the world, the researchers found: Only about a quarter of respondents, across 26 countries, watched news video online in a given week.

Byron Allen Buys TheGrio Digital News Platform

PBS Digital Pursues More Local Content

PBS Digital Studios is aiming to boost the number of member station videos on its channels over the next year, though it is coping with a slowly dwindling budget. PBSDS is searching for a way to support itself as it trains stations to create web-first content that builds important inroads to younger audiences.

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How Digital Helped WPTV Dominate May Sweeps

Univision’s The Root Pushes Into Video, TV

When The Root was acquired by Univision a little over a year ago, publisher Donna Byrd said she had already set her sights on a big expansion for the African-American news, opinion and culture site. A year later, The Root has staffed up, built out an in-house video and social team and is preparing for a big TV debut, with a series set to launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Gorilla Killing Lights Up WLWT’s Digital Platforms

CBC Plans Digital, Investigative Push

Nearly Half Of US Adults Get News From Facebook

WashPost Taps Megan Chan As Digital Chief

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WDIV Detroit Hires Digital Anchor

Jason Carr is joining the Graham Media NBC affiliate’s ClickOnDetroit as digital anchor and will also contribute to the station’s Local 4 News Today morning broadcast. He comes from cross-town rival WJBK.

Katie Couric Eyes An Exit From Yahoo

Katie Couric is considering leaving Yahoo, which is looking to sell itself  to a yet-to-be-named buyer. While company execs have been buzzing that the media superstar is preparing to announce that she’s departing after 2½ years as a global anchor at Yahoo News, sources close to Couric say she will wait to find out who buys the struggling tech giant.

CBS News Prepares For A Streaming Future

CBSN, the internet television channel operated by CBS News, has been around since 2014, but executives are just now beginning to see the real value of an OTT video news presence. Marc Debevoise, EVP and GM of CBS News, summed up his feelings toward CBSN at a recent investor conference: “This is the future of CBS News.”

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WXYZ Goes Digital With Gun Documentary

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WDIV Makes Digital News Appointments

Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate on WDIV Detroit (DMA 13) on Wednesday announced the appointments of Dustin Block to the newly created role of digital executive producer and David Bartkowiak to managing editor of WDIV’s ClickOnDetroit. Block will work across WDIV/ClickOnDetroit editorial, marketing, social media and commercial teams to “develop new digital platforms that deepen […]

Digital News Faces Legacy Media Realities

The digital startups were supposed to figure out how to replace the legacy news outlets. Now they’re facing their own headwinds.

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Covering The Pope Was A ‘Grand Experiment’

Execs from three news organizations — a network O&O, a cable news channel and a network — explain the logistics and tactics of their coverage of September’s eight days of “popemania.”

COMMENTARY BY STEVE SCHWAID

Paris And Your Local News Digital Products

It’s ironic how some stations lament their digital growth is slowing. The desktop numbers have crashed because of mobile and apps. In some markets we’re even seeing those numbers decline. Why? Often, those local products are frustrating for users. In research, viewers tell us the information is old, the site itself has not been updated in hours and at least a couple of stations in pretty good sized markets don’t have a local person update their sites on a Saturday or Sunday. Really. What’s the solution? Treat your digital platforms like you would treat your air.

Al Roker To Headline Weather Ch.’s Digital Show

NEW YORK (AP) — After The Weather Channel canceled his morning show, Al Roker is coming back on a much smaller screen. He’s the headliner for “The Lift,” a digital offering that could have intriguing implications for television programs. It will launch on Oct. 15, available on the network’s free mobile app on weekdays between […]

Apple’s News App: What We Know

Apple’s new News app will launch as part of a free software upgrade to iPhones and iPads later this month. Here’s a rundown of what’s known so far about the free app’s content, functionality and privacy, along with how participating publishers will be making money from it.

News Guild In Push To Organize Digital Newsrooms

Reuters Makes TV App Available For Free

Reuters has changed tactics on its TV app, which launched at $1.99 a month but now is available for free in the App Store. Users will have to endure only limited advertising in the new iteration. Reuters has pinned many ambitions to the TV app, among them attracting a younger audience and building a “Netflix for news” experience.

Taking A Close Look At The Cult Of Vice

Chris Ip looks at the rise of Vice Media, its charismatic founder, Shane Smith and its “almost anachronistic” move to cable as it expands its television footprint. “Vice has mastered the mass production of authenticity for profit,” Ip writes, as it grows to a global workforce of 1,500 and aims to straddle maturity and youthful swagger.

Old Media Too ‘Stuffy’ For Young Readers

WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell cites the BBC, The New York Times and The Guardian as examples of traditional media with a “stuffy” attitude to content that is not resonating with younger digital news fans gravitating to sites such as Vice News.

Facebook Grows As A Gateway To News

A report on the world digital news from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that 41% of respondents, representing 12 countries including the U.S., use Facebook to read and share news during any given week. And traffic from Facebook to publishers has also increased: The report found 42% growth in Facebook shares of news content in January 2015 from a year earlier.

Digital News Sites Report Tough Going

It’s still early, but the digital-news revolution of recent vintage hasn’t been an unbroken run to glory. Some celebrated new ventures have found tough going; others are experiencing what might charitably be called growing pains. The journalism that has emerged from them has been decidedly mixed.

Do You Know Where Your Digital Readers Are?

COMMENTARY

Free Web News Model Sinks Quality

Dean Starkman on ad-supported digital news: “To rely on online ads as the sole source of revenue is both unsound in theory, and in practice it’s having disastrous consequences in regional newsrooms, mostly notable at the Times-Picayune and other Advance Publications papers across the South.”