Posts Tagged ‘media’

AJAM Lives! Sort of ….

February 10, 2016

AJAM Lives! Sort of ....

Award-winning cable news channel Al Jazeera America will terminate all operations in the U.S. as of April 2016. AJAM staffers have created a portfolio site, Best of Al Jazeera America Digital. Besides memorializing great journalism, it should help digital reporters and producers find new jobs.

More:

“Al Jazeera America journalists built a site to help co-workers find their next job,” Kristen Hare, Poynter

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NPR Demographics

January 21, 2016

NPR Demographics

“As NPR came of age in the 1980s, its audience matured with it. Three decades later, that is starting to look like a problem.

Many of the listeners who grew up with NPR are now reaching retirement age, leaving NPR with a challenge: How can it attract younger and middle-aged audiences — whose numbers are shrinking — to replace them?”

— “NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it,” Paul Farhi, Washington Post

“Though NPR is seeing some listening gains on digital platforms, particularly with podcasts, its broadcast audience has dropped. Average–quarter-hour (AQH) listening during morning drive time has dropped 11 percent in the past five years, and afternoon drive audience has declined 6 percent. The only age bracket that has increased listening to NPR stations is the 65-plus audience.”

— “Drop in younger listeners makes dent in NPR news audience,” Tyler Falk, Current

More:

“Who Isn’t Listening to Public Radio,” Justin Fox, Bloomberg View

“WNYC is leading public radio’s transition to public podcasting,” Jack Murtha, Columbia Journalism Review

“Why I Left NPR,” Stephen Henn, Medium

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Global Bowie

January 16, 2016

Video assembled by Anne-Sophie Goninet for Worldcrunch.

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Al Jazeera America Is Signing Off

January 15, 2016

Al Jazeera America Is Signing Off

Award-winning cable news network Al Jazeera America will shut down at the end of April, AJAM executives announced on Wednesday.

“The channel was founded on the utterly ill-conceived idea that Americans were starving for sober, ‘unbiased’ hard news coverage. In other words, it made the mistake of offering viewers the programming they claimed to want, instead of the programming that all available evidence suggests they actually enjoy.”

— Jordan Weissmann, “Why Al Jazeera America Was Destined to Fail,” Slate

AJAM says it will ramp up it’s Web offerings in future.

More:

“Al Jazeera America announces it will shut down by end of April,” Joshua Barajas, PBS Newshour

“Al Jazeera America to Shut Down by April,” John Koblin, New York Times

“Al Jazeera America to shut down,” Bradford Richardson, The Hill

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2016 Will Be the Year of the Random Prediction Generator

January 4, 2016

2016 Will Be the Year of the Random Prediction Generator

What’s ahead in this new year? 2016 will be the year of Boris Johnson and J Lo, of the Fed boomerang and the videogame movie. It will be the year of eSports, lawsuits, ’80s throwbacks, 2-in-1 laptopsmarijuanatelemedicine and ACOs, the un-diet, and virtual reality.

Generate your own 2016 forecast with the Guardian’s random prediction generator. Hit the “new prediction” button to see the future, based on media stories to date.

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The Best of ‘The Best of 2015′ Lists

December 30, 2015

The Best of ‘The Best of 2015′ Lists

2015 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“The Best Snowshoes of 2015,” Berne Broudy, Outside

“The 30 Best Fashion Magazine Covers of 2015,” Chantal Fernandez, Fashionista

“The biggest tech turkeys of 2015,” Zack Whittaker and Jason Perlow, ZDNet

“The Top 10 Sports Media Feuds of 2015,” Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing

“The absolute worst ads of 2015,” Brad Reed, BGR

“The Biggest Selling Manga Issues of 2015,” Brian Ashcraft, Kotaku

“Top 10 museums that opened in 2015,” Designboom

“Top Healthcare Construction Projects of 2015,” Susan Morse, Healthcare Finance

“10 Best Green Buildings of 2015,” FastCoExist

“Top 10 motorhomes and caravans of 2015,” C.C. Weiss, Gizmag

“The Top Celebrity Homes of 2015,” Zillow, via Forbes

“The 17 Biggest Celeb Real Estate Stories Of 2015,” Marshall Bright, Refinery29

The Most Significant Title and Foreclosure Cases of 2015,” New York Law Journal via LI Business Group News

“Most Popular Baby Names of 2015,” Baby Center

“The Most Popular Dog Names Of 2015,” Kate Bratskeir, Huffington Post

“The 38 Most Awkward Dogs Of 2015,” Chelsea Marshall, Buzzfeed

“The Best Video Game Dogs of 2015,” Stephen Totilo, Kotaku

“Top 6 Freediving Videos Of 2015,” By Jennifer Palmer, Deeper Blue

“Top 10 Best Underwater Photographers in the World,” TopTeny

“Best of 2015: Top 10 PC Game Graphics,” Jonathan Leack, Game Revolution

“50 best healthcare quotes of 2015,” Emily Rappleye, Becker’s Hospital Review

“The 9 Donald Trump Quotes Of 2015 That Defied All Expectations & Brought American Politics To A New Low,” Hillary E. Crawford,  Bustle

“Top 5 Best Animes of 2015,” Natalie Duffy, Cultured Vultures

“Best Broadway or Theatre Books 2015,” Dom O’Hanlon, London Theatre

“The 10 Best Stand-up Comedy Specials of 2015,” Garrett Martin, Paste

“Top lobbying victories of 2015,” Megan R. Wilson, The Hill

“The 8 Best Publicity Stunts of 2015,” Graham Winfrey, Inc.

“The best and worst journalism of 2015,” David Uberti, CJR

“The Year in Fungi,” Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker

“The Best and Worst Oreo Flavors of 2015,” Nicole Perry, PopSugar

“Top 10 scientific discoveries of 2015,” Michelle Hill, UPI

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Cable Stocks Tumble as Subscribers Cut the Cord

August 8, 2015

Cable Stocks Tumble as Subscribers Cut the Cord
Last week media and cable stocks slid and tumbled while Netflix stocks jumped 20%. CBS, Disney, Comcast, all down. Viacom dropped 41% over the last 3 months while Netflix is up 56% in the same quarter; during that time DISH Networks lost 81,000 paid subscribers. Time/Warner (HBO) stocks are at a 9-month low. 21st Century Fox stocks dropped 12%.

What’s a conventional paid-subscriber media business to do? If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

“’We’re in a mature-to-declining kind of linear TV business as we know it,’ said Dish Network Corp. Chief Executive Charlie Ergen on an earnings call Wednesday. ‘We think we’re at the beginning stages of [a streaming] business that’s going to grow and accelerate.’”

— “Media stocks clobbered as Netflix drives customers to dump cable,” Trey Williams, MarketWatch

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“Cracks in the cable business send media stocks tumbling,” Thad Moore, Washington Post

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The Pope’s Jumbotron

July 13, 2015

The Pope's Jumbotron

Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of Congress when he visits Washington DC on September 24, 2015. Since ticket demand greatly exceeds the capacity of the Capitol House Chamber, huge Jumbotron screens will be set up on the National Mall so tens of thousands of fans and the faithful can see and hear the Pope in real time.

After his Congressional speech, His Holiness will briefly address the crowds outside from the Capitol’s West Front while his Swiss Guards stand on the Capitol steps and fire T-Shirt Guns, pelting the throng with souvenir garb and  panini imbottito. Okay, they won’t, but they should, right?

After concluding his visit to Washington, Pope Francis will fly to New York so he can get a decent slice of pizza.

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TV Terminates Trump

July 2, 2015

NBC to Trump: 'You're Fired!'
Donald John Trump, Sr., reality television performer, real estate heirgolf course owner, beauty pageant producer, hotel and casino boss, chairman and president of Trump This n’ That, and really rich person, declared his candidacy for U.S. President two weeks ago. He also declared that Mexican immigrants are drug dealers, rapists, and killers.

Needless to say, this did not go over well with the USA’s largest ethnic group, Latinos, or with the Republic of Mexico. America’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster Univisión was the first to unplug Trump, dropping coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants he produces, and NBC followed suit. Understandably, Miss Mexico opted out of the Miss Universe competition, and so did Miss Costa Rica. NBC’s Miss USA co-hosts also bailed, Miss USA judges Zuleyka Rivera and Emmitt Smith recused themselves, and rapper Flo Rida won’t perform on the show, either.

New York City is reviewing its contracts with the Trump Organization, which manages Central Park’s skating rinks and carousel and golf links at Point Ferry Park in the Bronx. NASCAR won’t hold its awards ceremony at Trump’s hotel. Macy’s is discontinuing it’s Trump menswear line, but there’s been lots of interest in Donald Trump piñatas, hand-crafted in Mexico.

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Sarah Palin Fired by Fox. Again.

June 25, 2015

Sarah Palin Fired by Fox. Again.

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla and once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, has been let go by Fox News, where she impersonated a political commentator with the same authority she brought to the losing 2008 GOP presidential campaign. She had been fired by the network before. In 2013 Fox News ended their three-year relationship with Mrs. Palin. Of course, that was a year longer than she lasted as Alaska’s governor.

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