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.”

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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.

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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.”

AP OKs Agency To License Digital News

The Associated Press board of directors today approved the establishment of an independent news licensing agency that will allow broader and better access to original news content while providing publishers support for innovative new business models.  When launched this summer, the enterprise will include news content from AP and more than a thousand publications.