CNN using “all-platform journalists” to double their presence in US.

August 13, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on CNN using “all-platform journalists” to double their presence in US. 

from a Turner press release:

CNN Doubles U.S. Newsgathering Presence with Expansion into 10 Cities:

CNN plans to double its domestic newsgathering presence with new operations in 10 U.S. cities, resulting in an aggressive expansion of its newsgathering in the United States, it was announced today by Nancy Lane, senior vice president of newsgathering for CNN/U.S.

The new operations will be based in Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Houston; Las Vegas; Minneapolis, Minn.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Seattle. This expansion will also allow CNN to build stronger partnerships with affiliates in new and existing locations across the country. CNN already has bureaus in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The newly expanded newsgathering operation will be staffed with a mix of traditional general assignment reporters with CNN’s current roster of “show-based correspondents,” who are attached to many of CNN’s daytime and prime-time programs, and newly designated “all-platform journalists.” All-platform journalists will combine new technologies with traditional journalism skills to gather news from the heart of America for all CNN’s networks and services, especially CNN’s growing digital platforms.

“CNN’s rapid adoption of new technology over the years put us in the enviable position to be able to expand at a time when others are cutting back,” Lane said. “Our technological innovations allow our reporters to be at the center of more breaking news events and developing stories across the United States, with greater independence and mobility than ever before. This expansion is a critical component of CNN Worldwide’s overall strategy for increased content ownership.”

By creating and harnessing the latest award-winning newsgathering and broadcast technology, CNN has consistently outpaced its rivals domestically and overseas. CNN’s most recent development of technology in newsgathering includes the use of lightweight kits that combine cameras, editing tools and advanced satellite and Internet communications technology into a laptop-based system. This suite of technologies enable CNN’s journalists to employ immediate live and video FTP submissions, real-time content monitoring, editing and voice communication from anywhere in the field.

More here from the New York Times.

And yet more from Broadcasting & Cable says they’re staffing by using people from their existing bureaus, and they’ll be using Samsung Blackjacks to transmit with.

Newspapers still worth the bucks

July 30, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Newspapers still worth the bucks 

Cablevision Sytems completed its purchase of Newsday yesterday, reportedly for $650 million.

In contrast, the Post-Newsweek deal to buy Miami NBC station WTVJ was only $205 million, considerably less than pre-sale estimates. WTVJ was the NBC Universal owned/operated station which built (for mega millions) a new facility a few years ago which handled feeds for many other stations.

Post-Newsweek already owns WPLG in Miami, the #1 station; WTVJ is #6. Consolidation is planned, but TVJ will stay NBC albeit at WPLG’s new facility under construction.

Wonder what Cablevision will do with Newsday?

Wouldn’t a live truck be cheaper?

July 29, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Wouldn’t a live truck be cheaper? 

Gannett just sunk $10 million into Mogulus, the live video streaming service that the Argus Leader used to capture Hilary Clinton’s campaign remarks about the RFK assassination.

If you haven’t tried it, Mogulus is a free, easy to use live broadcast web service. It works even over cell phone slow connections. (I’ve done it.) They also slurp up rights to everything you put on it.

Presumably, Gannett’s 90 dailies and 23 television stations will be using it a lot.

Mogulus blogs about the investment here.

Really old news past this point

July 25, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Really old news past this point 

Way back in 2008 I started a community site on Ning and abandoned my Blogger site,  .  Now Ning is cutting off the free sites so I have yet another site:  Just to have some content, I have imported my old Blogspot entries here – they go back to to the dark ages.

View my page on Newspaper Video

I’ve started a site where newspaper video folks can share and comment on each other’s works. Check it out!

FromDistance – Tools for Agile, Mobile Reporters

March 4, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on FromDistance – Tools for Agile, Mobile Reporters 

One of the companies pitching their wares here in Belgium is the Finnish company FromDistance. They make software for mobile phones (Nokias, of course, they are in Finland,) which allow reporters to post text and video directly from cell phones into their content management systems. Check it out.

Sign Of The Times: UNHCR Begs For Coverage

March 4, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Sign Of The Times: UNHCR Begs For Coverage 

At the DNA2008 Video Journalism conference in Brussels, I was approached by two different media relations reps from the United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees who were virtually begging for coverage of refugee issues. Mainstream media has cut back so much that big stories go uncovered these days.

The UNHCR media folks have set up sites that we can download video from crisis situations that we can use for our stories. And they’re eager to make their staff-produced video coverage meet professional video standards, both in quality and ethics. I felt bad for these guys; they obviously had a passion for the cause but newspapers don’t care any more.

The media site for UNHCR is at

DNA2008: Newspaper Video Will Die in 2008

March 4, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on DNA2008: Newspaper Video Will Die in 2008 

In a panel inspired by Andy Dickinson’s New Year’s Predictions blog posting, by the same name, Dickinson, myself, and Michael Rosenblum discussed what it takes to make video work at newspapers.

You can hear part of the panel, but not all of it as I was bitten by tech problems while sitting on the panel and unable to monitor the recording. Let this be a lesson: multitasking and multimedia do not mix.

Don’t get the wrong idea: none of us were predicting the death of newspaper video. However, we all agree that bad decisions by management at newspapers could put it on life support.

I made the point that publishers need to think about the back end before handing gear to staffers — content management systems that can embed video with stories, servers that work, players that don’t piss off viewers, and tagging that Google can find. It sounds easy but very few papers are doing even these basics.

DNA2008: Brand Value Through Video

March 4, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

I was drafted at the last second to be on the “Brand Value Through Video” panel at the DNA2008 conference in Brussels. On the panel was Michael Rosenblum, Andrew Creighton, Chief Executive, Vice Europe; and James Montgomery, Editor at

The ever-so-dull Financial Times has equally dull video of talking heads — which fits their brand image precisely.

Creighton’s http://VBS.TV site is really innovative. Look at their player window — it’s a real 3-d room in which they sell product placement on the objects in the room — the shelves, pictures, etc. They’re covering world-wide stories with a small staff with a youth market orientation.

You can listen to a recording of the session to hear my comments on my paper’s branding practices with video.

Can Video Save the Print Industry?

March 3, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Can Video Save the Print Industry? 

A panel discussion today at the Digital News Affairs 2008 video journalism conference in Belgium attempted to answer the question: Can video save the print industry?

Moderator Richard Gizbert from Al Jazeera International speaks with:
Edward Roussel, Digital Editor, Telegraph (U.K.) Media Group;
Bas Broekhuizen, Editor, Volkskrant TV;
Charles de Broede, Online chief Editor, de Telegraaf;
Adriaan Bouten, Sr. VP and Chief Information Officer, McGraw-Hill;
and Joris Van Heukelom, CEO, Ilse Media

You can hear the hour-long discussion by clicking here.

Many of the panelists agreed that the culture in a newspaper’s executive suite was the biggest stumbling block to video. And the difficulty in selling ads is a problem. There is some optimism that targeted advertising in video will be profitable.

But how to achieve success was still an unkown. Charles de Broede from de Telegraaf advocates for live streams and more of a TV model, while Joris Van Heukelom of Ilse Media says to give up the head of the long tail to broadcast and put your resources in the long tail of searchable video.

Adriaan Bouten noted that their business-to-business subscripton videos on construction techniques were doing well financially but that biz-to-consumer video was not.

Apparently, the question of whether video can save the print industry is not an easy one to answer.

Newspapers Can Make Money from Video

March 3, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized · 2 Comments 

I spoke today to Ernest Bujok, the manager of the Concentra Media group’s video and radio operations.

Concentra Media, a chain of newspapers in Belgium, bought cable television stations and turned them into the most profitable part of their business.

Rather than trying to convert their newspaper newsrooms, they use separate staffs in a separate building, using VJ’s to cover local news and events.

While the newspapers are running at six percent profit, the television stations are running at 30% profit.

Click on this link to hear the whole seven minute interview.

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