The New York Times Tops 7.5 Million Subscriptions As Ads Decline

In its fourth-quarter earnings report, The New York Times Co. said 2020 was its biggest year for adding subscribers.

Philadelphia Inquirer Kills Comments Section On Most Stories

MONDAY MEMO

Market Share | WCAU Courts Streaming Viewers With ‘The Lineup’

The NBC O&O in Philadelphia just launched a news program developed especially for an audience that is doubling every year — streamers.

New Season Of ‘Lara Logan Has No Agenda’ Debuts On Fox Nation Feb. 1

Washington Post, Reuters, Los Angeles Times Search For New Top Editors

In an industrywide changing of the guard, other big newsroom jobs that have come open include the No. 1 slots at Vox, HuffPost and Wired. Above, Martin Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post, announced this week that he was stepping down after a 45-year career.

Twitter Launches ‘Birdwatch,’ Forum

In an effort to combat misinformation, Twitter says it hopes to build a community of “Birdwatchers” that can eventually help moderate and label tweets in its main product.

Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Retires

Martin Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post and recipient of multiple Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his career, announced his retirement today. Baron spearheaded Spotlight, the Boston Globe’s investigation into attempts by the Catholic Church to cover-up sexual abuse, and oversaw the Post’s editorial transformation under Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — turning it from a regional paper into a national brand.

Tegna Expands Verify, Names Managing Editor

The station group taps Jonathan Forsythe as managing editor of its Verify anti-disinformation iniative. He will oversee the daily content production of Verify, including segments for television, web articles, social content and other products. He is also responsible for recruiting and managing Verify’s team of journalists, producers and audience-engagement specialists as well as working with Tegna stations to source story ideas and co-produce content.

NY Times Under Fire For Terminating Editor Following Pro-Biden Tweets

The New York Times has received criticism for canceling the contract of editor Lauren Wolfe after she tweeted last Tuesday that she got “chills” over Joe Biden arriving in Washington, D.C., ahead of his inauguration as president. Wolfe, an award-winning journalist who has reported from war zones in Syria and Congo, became a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend as people expressed outrage over her ouster, called for her reinstatement and set up a Venmo account to provide financial aid.

How The Media Covered The Inauguration

A recap of notable moments from the historic inauguration of the 46th president … and the unusual departure of the 45th.

Pro-Trump Media Keeps Disinformation Flowing

Forgoing any appeals for healing or reflection, right-wing media organizations that spread former President Donald J. Trump’s distortions about the 2020 election continued on Wednesday to push conspiracy theories about large-scale fraud, with some predicting more political conflict in the months ahead.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette To Drop Friday Print Edition, Expand Sunday Paper

Layoffs Hit Fox News Digital Amid Restructuring

The company had added to its workforce to help with its coverage of the 2020 election, and with the election over the company is adjusting its staffing to account for the less intense news cycle.

‘LX News New York’ Premieres On NBCLX

Hosted by WNBC New York Digital Reporter Kay Angrum and produced by WNBC, LX News New York gives Tri-State audiences a daily roundup of the news and community stories happening around them.

Emily Phillips Promoted At Hearst Television

She is tapped to oversee the station group’s digital content teams as senior director and managing editor.

Newsy Content Now Available on SendtoNews

SendtoNews (STN), an independent online video platform, has entered an agreement to add Newsy digital video content to its library, making it available to more than 1,800 digital publishers. Newsy is E.W. Scripps’ national news network that delivers breaking, world, science, tech and political news videos, that empower their audience with facts and context to make informed decisions. […]

Political Unrest Expected To Dampen Ad Spending For News Sites

This was supposed to be the year when digital ad spending loosened up again after double-digit losses last year. However, some media buyers hit an immediate pause following last week’s Capitol siege.

Jason Klarman Named President Of Fox Nation

In addition to heading the new streaming service, he will retain his role as executive vice president of marketing at Fox News Media.

How Streaming Experiments Put Viewers First

Is on-demand streaming the future of local TV news? For Scripps ABC affiliate KGUN Tucson, Ariz., OTT is not just a convenience for viewers. It’s an opportunity to experiment aggressively with new programming driven by new technology — and a way to deepen ties with the community.

Hearst TV Ups Mourelo To Digital News VP

In his new role, Ernesto Mourelo will continue to lead the digital strategy for the station group while also leading Hearst Television’s central news team that publishes national and feature news content, produces original video for company franchises including Stitch and “Dispatches from the Middle,” and manages the company’s digital copy desk.

Conservative Media Decry Capitol Riot, But Grievances Remain

Dealing with the shocking breach of the national landmark was a complex task for outlets aimed at Trump’s base, many of whom are suspicious of more mainstream news sources. Most were clear: the violence was indefensible.

Punchbowl Seems To Think The Next Four Years Will Be Normal

A Beltway school of journalism wants to get back to just-the-facts-ma’am reporting. But how do you cover this Republican Party?

WRC’s Aaron Gilchrist Leaving For NBC News Now

Is Substack The Media Future We Want?

The newsletter service is a software company that, by mimicking some of the functions of newsrooms, has made itself difficult to categorize.

Heather Cox Richardson Offers A Break From The Media Maelstrom. It’s Working

She is the breakout star of the newsletter platform Substack, doing the opposite of most media as she calmly situates the news of the day in the long sweep of American history.

Fox News Digital Sees Record November

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

TVN Focus On Journalism | Collaboration Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World

Newsrooms see a “better normal” in terms of collaboration on the other side of COVID-19. Leaders from E.W. Scripps, Tegna, Fox Owned Stations and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism says remote pandemic projects between universities, stations and even different station groups have revealed new efficiencies in communication and technological fluency that will carry forward.

Washington Post Expanding Newsroom

The Washington Post will take new steps in 2021 to become a more global newsroom by creating breaking-news hubs in Europe and Asia. These operations will be staffed by reporters and editors whose primary focus will be covering live news as it unfolds in the United States and around the globe during nighttime hours in […]

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | TV Reporters Grapple With Heightened Hostility On Social

Social media experts at newsrooms including those of Gray, Fox, Graham and Scripps stations and national outlet Newsy says viewers have ramped up aggressive attacks on their social posts this year. At TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 18, they said a more polarized audience has heightened their need to be more circumspect on social and to diffuse often hostile salvos they receive.

Axios Buys Digital Startup Charlotte Agenda, As Part Of Push Into Local News

The site focuses on service journalism for North Carolina’s largest city. Now it has been scooped up in a deal valued at nearly $5 million and will be a partial model for other cities. Above, T

Nexstar Buying Product Reviews Company

It’s paying Tribune Publishing $160 million for BestReviews, saying the deal “diversifies our digital content portfolio while presenting the company with new and significant revenue channels.”

NBCNews.com Dedicates Entire Homepage To Coronavirus Coverage

Today, Dec. 11, NBC News is dedicating the full NBCNews.com homepage to coverage of the most important topic on the planet: The coronavirus pandemic. This is the first time the site’s homepage will devote all of its content to a just one topic.

Fox Sets Ad-Supported Streaming Weather Service

Sharri Berg named president of new AVOD platform, Fox Weather, in addition to her duties as COO of Fox Television Stations. The new service will debut in 3Q 2021.

KHOU Sets 3-Person News Leadership Team

Liz Roldan becomes news director, Stuart Boslow is innovation director while Randy Klein is tapped for digital director at Tegna’s CBS Houston affiliate.

WarnerMedia Considering CNN Streaming Service

Warner executives are discussing launching two new streaming services. One would be a subscription offering based on content from CNN and could launch next year. Another would be a free service carrying programming from its entertainment cable channels TBS and TNT as well as the Warner Bros. film library, said people familiar with the situation.

Hillary And Chelsea Clinton To Host ‘Gutsy Women’ Docuseries At Apple TV+

Kara Swisher Remembers When A Source Called Katie Couric An ‘Anchor Monster’

Quibi Shuts Down, Leaving ’60 In 6’s Fate Undetermined

VUit Introduces ‘Washington Post Live’ Channel

VUit, launched in September by parent company, Syncbak, as a free, ad-supported national streaming service aiming to be the “Netflix of Live, Local, and Free,” said The Washington Post will become a new streaming partner, providing engaging discussions on the most pressing issues of the day produced by Washington Post Live. Beginning today, VUit will introduce […]

News’ Digital And Streaming Storytelling Evolution At NewsTECHForum

Executives and editors from the BBC, CNN, ABC Owned Stations and Gray Television will look at how their storytelling on digital platforms will change in 2021 amid ongoing remote production and emerging technology at TVNewsCheck’s virtual NewsTECHForum on Dec. 16. Register here.