Using The ‘Netflix Experience’ To Deliver Local Investigations

Some people flock to streaming platforms for juicy dramas. Others queue up quirky comedies. But there’s also an audience willing to binge-watch local journalism. Just ask NBC Bay Area (KNTV). Last week, the NBC O&O dropped its second season of Derailed, an in-depth digital series investigating problems at BART, the Bay Area’s beleaguered public transit system. The whole project lives on NBCBayArea.com, YouTube and Apple TV, ready to stream in six digestible episodes ranging from about 4 to 15 minutes long.

TVN NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | Gray Builds InvestigateTV Into An OTT Brand

InvestigateTV, Gray Television’s national investigative unit, has been producing dozens of in-depth pieces airing across its stations and on an OTT channel dedicated to its work. Fronted by WVUE anchor Lee Zurik in New Orleans (above), its pieces are making an impact even in markets where Gray doesn’t have a station.

CBS News Promotes Len Tepper

CBS News is promoting 11-year network veteran Len Tepper to executive director, CBS News Investigative Unit. Tepper is currently the investigative unit’s supervising senior producer.

Local TV News Vet Matthew Schwartz Publishes Memoir

Investigating Police Takes Collaboration And Context

MARKET SHARE | DMA 40: AUSTIN, TX

Austin’s KXAN Investigations Are As Big As Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Even investigative journalism. Find out why KXAN Austin’s latest investigation involved almost two dozen people in news, digital, production and marketing, and how the station balances that content on TV and digital platforms across all the Nexstar stations in the Lone Star State.

Murrow Winner Translated His Investigative Skills From Newspapers To TV

Miami Family Donates $2.5M To Fund Investigative Journalism

Time To Unleash Your ‘Everyday Watchdog’

The notion that every TV reporter can and should be digging harder in her or his everyday work, is one of the ideas behind a series of regional training sessions run by the Investigative Reporters and Editors. “IRE believes that every journalist can be a watchdog journalist,” says the organization’s director, Doug Haddix.

Ronan Farrow, HBO Team For Doc About Threats Against Journalists

Angie Moreschi Joins WPXI’s I-Team

KUSA Reporter Threatened By Neo-Nazis

After investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola’s recent story on hate groups, an organization known as the Proud Boys posted angry tweets, including: “You are the enemy of the American people we will bring this to your home your work your child’s school. The way antifa does to us. The fury of America is upon you and your communist friends.”

All Aboard! KNTV Investigates San Fran’s Dangerous Trains

KMSP Focuses On Minnesota’s Farming Crisis

Tom Lyden, a KMSP Minneapolis reporter, has spent the past 10 months investigating the crisis facing Minnesota farmers, which culminated in a primetime, hour-long special entitled, Fox 9 Presents, The Last Harvest.

Two TV Newsrooms Selected For Free Total Newsroom Training

Ten newsrooms have been chosen to receive custom watchdog training in the coming year through Investigative Reporters & Editor’s Total Newsroom Training program (TNT), with two television stations among them — WCSC Charleston, S.C., and WSAW-WZAW Wausau, Wis., both owned by Gray Television. TNT provides two days of intensive, in-house training for small and medium-size newsrooms dedicated […]

Graham’s WDIV Goes All Things Hoffa For Podcast

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The Price Point | Stations Are Not Afraid Of Investigative News

Hank Price: “With the unfortunate demise of print, leading television groups are making an even stronger commitment to local investigations. They are doing this with a full understanding of the financial costs. Why? Because they are in the journalism business. That means putting the well-being of the communities they serve first, no matter the cost or political pressure.”

Why TV Nets May Be Afraid Of Investigative News

This has been the autumn of discontent for investigative TV journalists. “I would say that you don’t go to broadcast television to see investigative reporting these days,” said Lowell Bergman, a veteran investigative news producer and emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. “There’s much less of it because it’s a bigger hassle than other kinds of reporting. And network television has always been concerned not just with ratings but with profits.”

Morgenson Joins NBC Investigative Unit

Gretchen Morgenson, the veteran investigative reporter who has won multiple journalism prizes for her coverage of Wall Street, is joining the investigative unit of NBC News.

WBTS Investigation Prompts Hill Action

It looks like NBC Boston’s (WBTS) emphasis on investigative journalism has paid dividends in Washington. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has reached out to Tesla with concerns about safety flaws in Tesla’s autopilot system, citing the station’s investigation.

Catherine Herridge Leaving Fox News For CBS News

ProPublica, Texas Tribune Join Forces To Create Investigative Unit

DMA 19: CLEVELAND

WEWS Moves To Wipe Away Medical Debt

MARKET SHARE | DMA 13: SEATTLE

KING Earns National Emmy For Investigative Report

Sinclair’s ‘Full Measure’ Returns For 5th Season

Airing Sunday mornings, the investigative news program hosted by Sharyl Attkisson reaches nearly 700,000 households weekly.

FBN’S Maria Bartiromo Examines ‘Artificial Intelligence: The Coming Revolution’

Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel anchor and global markets editor, will present an hour-long investigative documentary special on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. ET, highlighting the future of the artificial intelligence (AI) industry and its impact on business. During the report, Bartiromo travels across the country, gaining exclusive access to top business […]

MARKET SHARE | DMA 16: MIAMI

WPLG Podcast Investigates Miami Preacher And Murders

DMA 19: CLEVELAND

Investigative Journalist Rachel Polansky Joins WKYC

Gray’s InvestigateTV Schedules New Documentary

Gray Television will debut the documentary Measure of Hate this month on all its television stations. Produced by Gray’s InvestigateTV team, the half-hour special reveals the vast undercounting of hate crimes throughout the country and how laws related to tracking and punishing hate crimes are not working. Measure of Hate shines a light on an […]

MARKET SHARE | DMA 9: BOSTON

WCVB State Police Investigation Earns Gracie Award

DMA 17: DENVER

KDEN Ups Yesmani Gomez To Investigative Anchor/Reporter

Telemundo-owned KDEN Denver (DMA 17) promoted Yesmani Gomez to anchor and reporter for the station’s investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, effective immediately. Gomez currently co-anchors the 4 and 4:30 p.m. editions of Noticiero Telemundo Denver with Adriana Macias. Gomez joined KDEN in 2016 as an MMJ after working for KLUZ Albuquerque, N.M. He also worked for […]

MARKET SHARE | DMA 40: AUSTIN, TX

Texas Oil Investigation Earns KXAN Cronkite Award

MARKET SHARE | DMA 6: WASHINGTON

WTTG Reveals Missing School Funds

How often do we read about teachers using their own money to buy supplies for their students because of cash-strapped school systems? This is a great example of how TV station news operations can, and do, hold community leaders accountable.

Ala. Media Group Chases Corruption, Viewers

An experimental Facebook Watch show reports on journalism while trying to reinvent it.

MARKET SHARE | 3: CHICAGO

WGN Airing ‘Sold for Sex’ Special Tonight

MARKET SHARE | 8: SAN FRANCISCO

KNTV Uncovers Sex Abuse At Girl’s School

Sinclair Hires Reporter Ousted By Fox News After Sexual Harassment Accusations

MARKET SHARE | DMA 104: FT. WAYNE, IN

WPTA Work Safety Investigation Gets Legislature’s Attention

A 23-year-old was killed in an industrial accident. Her employer had intentionally disabled safety features on the press she operated, and was fined just $6,300. WPTA’s investigation revealed that the fines for death on the job in Indiana were so low, “it doesn’t cost that much to kill someone.”

MARKET SHARE | DMA 16: MIAMI

WFOR Earns DuPont Award For Everglades Doc

MARKET SHARE | 8: SAN FRANCISCO

KNTV Earns duPont Award For Bus Investigation