Equipment manufacturers say newsrooms have been too slow to embrace a storycentric model of content creation, one far more in line with consumer habits than the old evening-newscast-as-endgame paradigm. Above, Sam Adams, the morning anchor for KHQ Spokane, is preparing clips for NonStop News, the station’s 24/7 streaming channel. He’s seated at the NonStop News Desk, which is where these clips are prepared. He can produce and present the clips in a very short amount of time. The lower TV in the distance is receiving NonStop News over-the-air on ch. 6.3.
KHQ is getting hit hard by COVID-19. A third person at the Spokane, Wash., NBC affiliate has tested positive for the virus. Sean Owsley, who has been anchoring the show The 6:30 while in quarantine, tweeted that he was sick last Tuesday.
A “very sophisticated” cyber attack on the software running KHQ’s news broadcasts has journalists at the Cowles Spokane, Wash., NBC affiliate reading off paper scripts and resorting to technical workarounds for video. “It’s very late ’90s all of a sudden in here,” said Traci Zeravica, director of content and communications for the station.
KHQ, the Cowles-owned NBC affiliate in Spokane, Wash., tops the market in social media actions over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. One of the reasons for its success is a regularly scheduled Facebook Live at around noon called Lunch Break, according to Traci Zeravica, KHQ’s news director.
KHQ, a Cowles Publishing-owned NBC affiliate, holds the lead in overall social media actions and the number of fans/followers in local media in Spokane, Wash., over the last six months, according to data from Shareablee, while Tegna’s CBS affil KREM puts up a respectable second-place showing.
The longtime president and general manager of NBC affiliate KHQ Spokane, Wash., J. Birney Blair, died in his Spokane home on Saturday. He was 92. He started working at KHQ-AM as a reporter and became the first sales manager of the TV station in 1952. He became president-GM in 1970 and held that post until his retirement in 1988.
The new newsroom chief at the Cowles-owned NBC affiliate worked for the State of Colorado for the past four years, but earlier spent five years as an EP at KUSA Denver and held news positions at stations in a number of other markets.
The Society of Professional Journalists today announced the recipients of its annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize exceptional professional journalism produced in 2013. Judges selected 85 honorees from nearly 1,800 submissions. The TV station winners are KNTV San Francisco; KWTX Waco, Texas; WFTS Tampa, Fla.; WVUE New Orleans; KBMT-KJAC Beaumont, Texas; KUSA Denver, KHQ Spokane, Wash; and WKBT La Crosse, Wis.
Spokane Fox affiliate KHQ says an “editing error” is to blame for the profanity in a report from Lindsay Nadrich from a local strawberry festival.
In a region marked by unique online efforts, innovative approaches, such as KHQ’s Web-only news segments and QR code-driven online content, help local television sites stay ahead of the city’s daily newspaper for the hearts and clicks of Spokane, Wash.’s Web audience.
For about three years, Cowles Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate KHQ Spokane, Wash. (DMA 75), had been relying on upconversion to deliver its HD content to audiences. With the help of systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), the station has upgraded its master control to handle full HD — and converted the operation into a centralcasting […]
Cowles is putting the finishing touches on a three-station centralcasting system in Washington state that uses fiber links obtained from Charter Cable in a retransmission consent deal to connect the hub — KHQ Spokane — with KNDO Yakima and KNDU Richland. The centralcasting system is the culmination of more than three years of planning and upgrading on the KHQ facility that also puts the station on the verge on being fully HD.