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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 […]
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Airing Sunday mornings, the investigative news program hosted by Sharyl Attkisson reaches nearly 700,000 households weekly.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
An experimental Facebook Watch show reports on journalism while trying to reinvent it.
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.”