They’re pals who once vied for the same jobs. Now, as editors of The New York Times and The Washington Post, they’re locked in a daily battle for Trump scoops.
The Washington Post launched a vertical video player almost a year ago, and a small percentage of its video output is in that format. It’s now producing a series of videos on the presidential election in the format, and it’s finding that there are many advantages — including not having to use black bars on eyewitness content that was shot vertically.
The Washington Post‘s newly appointed video director Noah Kotch has left the company after just two weeks, sources told Politico on Monday.
The Washington Post, having made a significant investment in digital video in the past 12 months, with 30 staff hires and an expanded production facility, is seeking to increase views and revenue through various schemes including the formation a digital video news consortium with other premium publishers, says Steven Schiffman, GM for video at the paper.
The Washington Post introduced its Chromecast integration today, becoming the first news organization to allow users to access their content through the growing second-screen device. The Post announced the Chromecast move over the summer as part of its PostTV video push
Recent high-profile acquisitions of big name and community newspapers have been the talk of the news industry in recent months. Unlike the far-more publicized investments of the likes of Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and John Henry, investments in nonprofit news outlets have been far more modest. But Investigative News Network’s Kevin Davis says the nonprofit news sector could benefit from more investment from people of means.
As local media companies eye the potential of big data for deepening their engagement with audiences and advertisers, they are learning just how messy, expensive, incremental and imperfect the process can be. In the first of a three-part special report on local media and big data, NetNewsCheck looks at the promise and challenges of this fast-changing field.
The Washington Post Co. said Tuesday that it had completed the sale of the newspaper publishing business to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who said in August he was buying it for $250 million.
The new Truth Teller app was developed with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund and will combine video and audio extraction with a speech-to-text technology to search databases of facts and fact checks.
The new Washington Post service will feature more than 30 hours of programming per month beginning in summer 2013. Viewers will be able to watch as individual clips or complete shows on desktop and mobile devices. The content will also be available on selected connected TV devices.
Video is becoming an increasingly significant, and profitable, part of the digital content offered by the Post and other news sites. You’ll be seeing more of this in 2012 and beyond. No, the Post won’t be a full-service TV station, at least not for now, but a well-equipped video-production suite already sits adjacent to the main Post newsroom, and the department is hiring more video journalists and producers in the coming weeks and months.
Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton: “[Engagement is] using Twitter and Facebook to build a tribe or family of followers, even disciples, who will keep reading you. The potential downside here is a diminution of quality. If reporters are setting aside a portion of their days for social media, that leaves less time for thinking and traditional reporting. And if the chase in journalism becomes one for the greatest number of page views, Twitter followers and Facebook friends, instead of the great story, we all lose.”