Exclusives

  • WDBJ Leads Roanoke Social Media

    Gray-owned WDBJ leads among Roanoke, Va.'s local media on social according to data from Shareablee. Paul Greeley looks at how Facebook Live plays a key role in its strategy, particularly as a tool in its weather and breaking news coverage.  More | Add comment
  • Executive Changes At Tidings And Matchcraft

    In her biweekly roundup of career moves, Kelly Benish looks at new faces at Brandify, Ledger Media Group and more, anniversaries at Amplify Media, Media Distribution Solutions and beyond and numerous opportunities at companies including Dealer.com and Reelio. More | Add comment
  • KCCI Dominates Des Moines Social Media

    Hearst-owned KCCI has a massive lead over its competing local media on social according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at how a big story, plus an active attempt to convert Facebook visitors to viewers, has had an impact.  More | Add comment
  • Why Investing In Journalists Will Reap Rewards for Publishers

    The press is facing daunting challenges to both its fiscal sustainability and its freedom, but Mary M. Collins argues it’s also a moment of key opportunity. She points to The Washington Post, which is adding journalists to its ranks to meet the challenges, as an important example for its peer media.  More | Add comment
  • Can Stations Live With Facebook Live?

    The pressure on broadcasters to post their content on Facebook Live is growing and stations are weighing the pros and cons of ceding control over their content to a powerful — and growing — third party, as Angela Misri reports.    More | Add comment
  • WJHL Rides Facebook Live To Tri-Cities Social Lead

    Nexstar’s WJHL leads the Tri-Cities area of northeastern Tenn. and southwestern Virginia in overall social media performance among local media according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at how Facebook Live, a mainstay of the station’s daily use, plays a key role in that lead.  More | Add comment
  • Newspapers' Only Survival Lies In Revenue Diversification

    LEAP Media Solutions’ Tom Ratkovich argues that newspapers must coalesce their old, pre-crisis mindsets with a mindset that embraces today’s full digital monetization arsenal. Paid content won’t let papers flourish, but rather robust audience-building that’s monetized through a wide range of tools.  More | Add comment
  • WSBT Holds Slight Lead In Social South Bend

    Sinclair’s WSBT holds the edge over other local media on social according to Shareablee data, and the station says Facebook Live has helped pushed it over the edge. Paul Greeley reports that viewers are responding strongly to the rawness and immediacy of the platform.   More | Add comment
  • WHNS Dominates Greenville, S.C. Social Media

    Meredith-owned WHNS has a strong lead among local media on social in Greenville, S.C. according to Shareablee data. Behind the success, the station treats Facebook “like a living, breathing research project,” according to its news director, and the platform helps to shape its on air content, too.  More | Add comment
  • KARK Leads Little Rock Social Media By A Hair

    It's a neck-and-neck race for Nextstar's KARK and Tegna's KTHV in Little Rock, Ark., where the former holds a razor thin lead on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Both outlets explain that Facebook Live is a key emerging tool in stoking engagement and powering their performance.  More | Add comment
  • An Unlikely Trail From Digital To Print

    Ballantine Communications CEO Doug Bennett explains why he recently launched a print magazine amid building a robust digital brand around outdoor adventuring in the Southwest. Advertisers played a driving role in the decision, he says.  More | Add comment
  • Don’t Even Think About Dropping Your User Comments

    Ron Stitt argues that killing user commenting on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites is about the worst move they can make, as it sabotages one of their best means of engagement. That engagement has a big impact on KPIs like low bounce rates and extended time on site, he says.  More | Comments (2)

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Endings
NetNewsCheck Signs Off
Feb 13, 2017, 9:37 AM EST
Look for plenty of our original digital media content on sister site TVNewsCheck as we move away from aggregated content here.    Full Story | Comments (5)
NetNewsCheck Social Scorecard
WHNT Leads Hunstville, Ala. Social Media
Feb 13, 2017, 7:19 AM EST
Tribune’s WHNT holds the top spot in Huntsville, Ala. in terms of social media performance according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at how an expansive interpretation of local, strong personalities and solid corporate support have helped drive its Facebook strategy.  Full Story | Comments (1)
Apps/Newspapers
WashPost Launches On Snapchat Discover
The Washington Post, Feb 13, 2017, 7:28 AM EST
The partnership will make The Washington Post Snapchat's first source for multiple news updates throughout the day, and it will run live seven days a week in the U.S., Canada and U.K. "The Post will take readers behind-the-scenes, both nationally and around the world, in highly curated editions that feature breaking news, top political headlines and smart, forward-thinking analysis," the paper wrote in announcing the partnership. Link | Add comment
Journalism
WSJ Editor Departs Over Trump Views
The Atlantic, Feb 13, 2017, 7:19 AM EST
Mark Lasswell, a Wall Street Journal opinion editor, has been phased out of his position after conflicts over what he saw as the paper's growing tilt to pro-Trump content. Rosie Gray reads his "his dismissal a victory for the pro-Trump faction on the editorial staff."
Link | Add comment
Content
Apple's Cook Wants 'Massive Campaign' Against Fake News
Associated Press, Feb 13, 2017, 7:20 AM EST
The fake news problem “has to be ingrained in the schools, it has to be ingrained in the public," Cook says. “There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic." Full Story | Add comment
Social/Metrics
Facebook: OK, We'll Do An MRC Audit
Facebook, Feb 10, 2017, 11:49 AM EST
Facebook is committing to an audit by the Media Rating Council in the wake of a very problematic 2016 in terms of metrics. The platform made the pledge in a post that has touted having 24 global third-party measurement partners and new options for video ad buying across Facebook, Instagram and Audience Network.  Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Business
After 'Lackluster' Outlook, Yelp Takes Biggest Fall In Year
Bloomberg, Feb 10, 2017, 1:09 PM EST
Yelp's disappointing revenue forecast sent its stock as much as 14%, the lowest since last February. Jing Cao reports the company faces a rocky road ahead, with one analyst predicting a “'confluence of factors' will increasingly compete with Yelp for user traffic in the next two to three years." Link | Add comment
Business
After Earnings, Twitter's Rough Hangover
Business Insider, Feb 10, 2017, 1:15 PM EST
Up to 20 analysts have slashed their price targets or downgraded their ratings for the company as of today, Alex Heath reports, surveying the carnage. Twitter's stick fell another 5% Friday after an 11% slide on Thursday after its earnings were released.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Guardian Looks To 'Burst Your Bubble' With Conservative Feature
Nieman Journalism Lab, Feb 10, 2017, 12:05 PM EST
A new Guardian column broadens the paper's traditionally liberal perspective by listing "five conservative articles worth reading to expand your thinking each week." Laura Hazard Owen looks at the impetus for the column and how it's coming together under the pen of Jason Wilson, who also provides author context for all of the pieces he links.  Link | Add comment
Journalism
Philly's Institute For New Media Rebrands As Lenfest Institute
Feb 10, 2017, 1:37 PM EST
The name change, which honors the philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest who funded the organization, will be accompanied by a new website as well.  Full Story | Add comment
Journalism
View: Covering Trump A 'Tortuous Art'
Fortune, Feb 10, 2017, 12:42 PM EST
Alan Murray writes that the media is taking the president's bait, as he's provoking them to challenge him so he can, in turn, prove their bias allegations. But he zeroes in on CNN's clashes with Trump as the most interesting, as both the focus of his hottest ire and in the crosshairs of the AT&T-Time Warner merger that Trump may have the power to crush. Link | Add comment
Cybersecurity
Google Warns Journalists They're Hacking Targets
Politico, Feb 10, 2017, 11:56 AM EST
State-sponsored hackers have tried to steak the passwords of prominent journalists including The Atlantic's Julia Ioffe and New York's Jonathan Chait, the platform has warned them. The affected journalists "suspect the hackers could be Russians looking to find incriminating emails they could leak to embarrass journalists, either by revealing alleged liberal bias or to expose the sausage-making of D.C. journalism," Daniel Lippman writes.  Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Newspapers
Over Half Of WSJ's Subscribers Now Digital
Talking Biz News, Feb 10, 2017, 6:08 AM EST
Here's a key highlight that dropped out of News Corp's Thursday earnings: Of The Wall Street Journal's 2.1 million subscribers, 1.08 million are digital. Chris Roush points out that figure was 828,000 in the second quarter of last year. Link | Add comment
Apps/Content
Snap, A+E Make Deal For Original, Unscripted Shows
TechCrunch, Feb 10, 2017, 6:45 AM EST
Snap Inc. has forged a content partnership with A+E Networks to develop the first unscripted reality series for Snapchat Shows. It's called Second Chance, Ingrid Lunden reports, a bit of banality involving "emotional exes" confronting each other. But the takeaway is that Snap is clamoring to show it really is a $25 billion business leading up to its IPO in a flurry of new content relationships announced this week.  Link | Add comment
Pureplays
Layoffs At Thrillist, Bleacher Report
Politico, Feb 10, 2017, 7:41 AM EST
Joe Pompeo reports cuts at each outlet, neither of which have many details yet. At Thrillist Media Group, staffers, who had been in the process of unionizing, called the layoffs a “bloodbath” and a “sh-t storm.” At Bleacher Report, 50 positions may have been axed.  Link | Add comment
People
Shafer: You're On Notice, Rupert Murdoch
Politico, Feb 10, 2017, 6:31 AM EST
Jack Shafer is starting to think that he spoke too soon in his more kindly reassessment of Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal ownership. In light of a growing newsroom revolt there fueled by diminishing confidence in EIC Gerard Baker's objectivity, Shafer sees Murdoch's meddling hand eroding the paper's potency. As the mogul seems to be inching closer to President Trump, "Murdoch’s political maneuverings deserve our attention," Shafer writes. Link | Add comment
Business
News Corp Earnings Meet Expectations
CNBC, Feb 9, 2017, 6:50 PM EST
No stunners at News Corp's quarterly earnings report, as the company earned 19 cents per share on $2.12 billion in revenue. The company's news and information unit, including Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, brought in $1.3 billion, down 7% from the same quarter a year ago, Christine Wang reports.  Link | Add comment
Social
Ingram: Facebook, Your Users Think You're A Media Outlet
Fortune, Feb 10, 2017, 6:08 AM EST
Mathew Ingram uses a new Pew Research Center study on news "source blindness" to remind Facebook that whatever it thinks, many of its users see it as a media company. "For younger users in particular, Facebook and other social services are becoming their news outlets of choice, and the actual media company producing the news is largely irrelevant—or at least not worth remembering," he writes.  Link | Add comment
Business
Nielsen 4Q Up, Total Audience Biz Grows
MediaPost, Feb 10, 2017, 7:14 AM EST
Fourth-quarter revenues were up 2% to $1.66 billion, with net revenues sinking 37% to $160 million. Nielsen’s stock was 2.7% higher after Thursday’s close to $43.18, Wayne Friedman writes.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Gannett's, McClatchy's Earnings Point To Digital Trajectory
Poynter, Feb 10, 2017, 6:17 AM EST
Based on this week's fourth quarter earnings from Gannett Co. and McClatchy, Rick Edmonds says the industry's financial trajectory and improvement strategy is clear. "It is all about building new digital and other revenues to cover print declines, stripping costs out of the legacy operation and trying to pick up the pace of digital transformation," he writes.  Link | Add comment
Business
Pandora Beats Expectations, But Stock Falls
TechCrunch, Feb 9, 2017, 6:50 PM EST
Pandora's fourth quarter revenue was $393 million, above the $374 million Wall Street expectations (and 17% up from the same quarter last year), but its stock still fell 4% in after-hours trading on the news. Still, the company had already indicated it would beat guidance, Katie Roof reports, so the news was tempered by the fact that despite the addition of premium services, the company still relies too strongly on advertising revenue.  Link | Add comment
Advertising
Report: Local Digital Radio Ad Spend To Jump 22% In '17
Media Life Magazine, Feb 10, 2017, 7:21 AM EST
A new report from Borrell Associates and the RAB says local digital radio is about to have a boom year, hitting $753 million. Fueling the trend are overall gains in digital advertising and increasing advertiser comfort with the medium, Toni Fitzgerald explains.  Link | Add comment
Business
Twitter Looks To Shift Growth Narrative Around Daily Active Users
Recode, Feb 10, 2017, 6:50 AM EST
Nobody had ear-to-ear smiles emerging from Twitter's latest earnings report (except maybe the wags at Recode who seem to loathe it), and its anemic monthly active user metric -- up just 4% in the last year -- was one of many said numbers within it. But Kurt Wagner writes that the company is trying to tout a "shiny new metric" -- its daily active users, who are up 11% from last year -- to change the narrative.  Link | Add comment
Video
Twitter Good News: Publisher Video Views Climb
Digiday, Feb 10, 2017, 7:27 AM EST
OK, wait, maybe there is one tangibly good thing to develop out of Twitter in the last quarter: Sahil Patel reports that a cluster of publishers, including Business Insider and some of its verticals and NowThis Media are seeing the gradual, consistent growth of its video views on the platform. "It’s bringing enough views in that it can’t be ignored," said a BI executive editor.  Link | Add comment
Careers
Newsroom Jobs In OR And OH
Feb 7, 2017, 6:37 AM EST
Dispatch Broadcasting is looking for an assignment and digital editor for its CBS affiliate in Columbus, OH. Oregon Public Broadcasting is searching for a video producer/writer in Portland. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.   | Add comment
Careers
Marketing Jobs In TX And FL
Feb 6, 2017, 7:41 AM EST
Tegna seeks a director of marketing for the ABC affiliate in Austin, TX. Hearst is looking for a news brand producer for the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, FL. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.   | Add comment
Careers
Sales Management Jobs In CA, AZ, VA And MO
Feb 6, 2017, 7:23 AM EST
NBCUniversal is searching for a vice president of sales for Telmundo, San Diego.  Meredith is looking for a director of sales at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, AZ. Raycom needs a senior digital sales specialist at the NBC affiliate in Richmond, VA. News Press & Gazette seeks a local sales manager for the Networks of Mid Missouri. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.   | Add comment

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Newspapers
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Journalism
Sullivan: Media Need To Be Talking About Trump's Mental Health
CNNMoney, Feb 13, 2017, 7:20 AM EST
OTT/Devices
New Device Claims It Can Break Through Netflix Border Blocks
CBC, Feb 13, 2017, 7:20 AM EST
Books
Atwood's 'Handmaid's Tale' Sees 200% Post-Trump Sales Increase
The Verge, Feb 13, 2017, 7:20 AM EST
Magazines
Metal Hammer And Classic Rock Magazines Are Back From Brink
Talking New Media, Feb 13, 2017, 7:20 AM EST
Apps
WhatsApp Rolls Out Two-Step Verification
The Verge, Feb 10, 2017, 1:25 PM EST
People/Video
Keith Olbermann's Digital Video 'The Resistance' Getting 2M Views Per Episode
The Washington Post, Feb 10, 2017, 1:25 PM EST
Marketing
How NY Times Is Building Up T Brand Studio
Adweek, Feb 10, 2017, 1:18 PM EST
Social
How To Limit Your Facebook 'Friendversary' Alerts
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 10, 2017, 1:01 PM EST
Pureplays
Quora Clamps Down On Anonymity
TechCrunch, Feb 10, 2017, 12:57 PM EST
Journalism
Marshall Project's Keller On Criminal Justice Reporting Under Trump
Columbia Journalism Review, Feb 10, 2017, 12:55 PM EST
Video
How To Prepare A Newsroom For Live Video On Social
Journalism.co.uk, Feb 10, 2017, 12:10 PM EST
Legal
Ex-NY Post Writer Sues For Discrimination Over Tweet-Related Firing
Courthouse News, Feb 10, 2017, 11:59 AM EST
Newspapers
Nebraska Papers Launch News First Online Hub
Editor and Publisher, Feb 10, 2017, 7:36 AM EST
Business
Apple CEO Cook Shows Optimism In Brexit UK
The Drum, Feb 10, 2017, 7:34 AM EST
Polls
Poll: Americans Trust Trump Admin More Than News Media
The Wrap, Feb 10, 2017, 7:30 AM EST
Technology
View: How Tech Ate The Media And Our Minds
Axios, Feb 10, 2017, 7:17 AM EST
Virtual Reality
Zuckerberg Demonstrates Oculus Gloves For Typing In VR
TechCrunch, Feb 10, 2017, 7:13 AM EST
Advertising
View: Facebook's Inflated Metrics Shake Digital Ad Foundations
The Media Briefing, Feb 10, 2017, 7:10 AM EST
OTT
Report: Netflix Owns Saturdays, Rest Of Week, Not So Much
Business Insider, Feb 10, 2017, 7:07 AM EST
People
Stelter: Sean Spicer's Really Bad Week
CNNMoney, Feb 10, 2017, 6:54 AM EST
Business
Snap Amends IPO Filing To Show Coles Doesn't Make Less Than Male Board Members
Fortune, Feb 10, 2017, 6:37 AM EST
People
R. Emmett Tyrrell: The Conservative Editor Who Really Saw Trump Coming
BuzzFeed, Feb 10, 2017, 6:20 AM EST
Television
Wemple: Fox News Cements Standing As Trump TV
The Washington Post, Feb 10, 2017, 6:11 AM EST
People
Snap Inc. CEO's Fiancée Says Facebook 'Steals' Spiegel's Ideas
Business Insider, Feb 10, 2017, 6:08 AM EST
Design
How To Make Data Viz, Interactions Work On Mobile
Journalism.co.uk, Feb 10, 2017, 6:08 AM EST

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