ICYMI: Newsroom Innovators To Learn From In ’22

TVNewsCheck’s Newsroom Innovators series showcased a wide array of new ways to approach and present news content that can inspire fresh thinking heading back to the newsroom in 2022.

Newsroom Innovators is a monthly series from TVNewsCheck exploring novel ideas from across the news ecosystem to inspire fresh thinking on news storytelling and the technology that can improve it.

As you rest and reset over the holidays, highlights from the past year’s innovators may spark some new ideas to bring to your newsroom in 2022.


NBC News has honed its voice on TikTok, where Meg Ludemann, its de facto anchor there, aims for the persona of “your smart friend who’s telling you what’s going on.” She has shown an uncanny instinct for finding the right native voice and trending elements on the platform, where NBC News has been among the few news outlets to venture.


KBLR, the Las Vegas NBCUniversal Telemundo station, launched Dale Play, a digital and streaming-only, mini-newscast that offers a fast-moving, dance track-powered take on headlines for the time-starved viewer.

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Al Jazeera’s digital-only Between Us series uses animation and illustration to mine the human story behind reporters’ experiences of major news events.


Graham Media’s WDIV in Detroit found ways to infuse fresh energy into its long-haul reporting on COVID as the pandemic continued to rage on, pushing itself to new creative heights in relaying critical information to a virus-weary viewership.


Graham’s WKMG in Orlando also helped viewers navigate state and federal agencies to connect with their COVID-related unemployment benefits via practical, utility-minded segments that have aided in the delivery of $1.5 million in benefits to Florida residents.


Mike Little, a veteran MMJ at NBCUniversal Local’s KNSD in San Diego, shows how he’s become a maestro of finding the magical in the quotidian in day turn stories that always find new vantage points from which to see and elevate his subjects.


Read about these newsroom innovators and others here.


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