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How The College Network® And Other Online Learning Programs Are Revolutionizing Education

Online learning programs like The College Network® have considerably changed our system of education and made learning accessible to more people than ever before. With the growing acceptance and presence of remote education, adults have ample opportunities to achieve their scholastic goals from home. That increase in educational accessibility comes at just the right time. Job markets are growing increasingly competitive and many adults find they need to further develop their education to accomplish their career goals and support a family.

Convenience and flexibility are the primary concerns of adult learners seeking to pursue education, and these are the flagship traits of online learning institutions. Adult students frequently juggle full-time work schedules or struggle living on a restricted budget after losing a job. They may be caring for children and want to pursue a long-term career goal, but they still have to make a paycheck in the meantime. This makes for an overwhelming schedule that is not akin to a traditional school setting. Read more

2014 NCAA Tournament Drives 46 Million Interactions on Facebook

Facebook-LogoLost Remote received data from Facebook’s data team about the social activity surrounding the 2014 NCAA Tournament and Monday night’s championship game between the UConn Huskies and Kentucky Wildcats.

15.3 million people in the U.S. had 46 million interactions (defined as posts, comments and likes) related to the NCAA Tournament on Facebook between March 16 and April 7. Read more

Al Jazeera America Wins Shorty Award for Best News Twitter Account


Eight-month old news start-up Al Jazeera America took home the Shorty Award honor for best news twitter account at last night’s Shorty Awards in New York City. Adding to the hardware, their deputy news editor, Sarah Jones, won the best social media journalist award (@SarahJReports). Read here for the full awards recap.

And today, in the latest installment of MediabistroTV’s “What’s Your Show?” series, we take you behind the scenes at AJAM’s primetime newscast with TV news veteran John Seigenthaler.

The mission is quite “radical,” Seigenthaler tells TVNewser: to provide unbiased, in-depth journalism for AJAM’s audience.

And The Shorty Awards Go to…

Lost Remote was at the sixth annual Shorty Awards in New York City last night, where some of social media’s best moments and brightest stars were rewarded for their efforts.

For social TV, ABC’s hit show “Scandal,” whose social media prowess we’ve covered extensively, took home the #ShortyAward for best TV show. The show’s cast live-tweets almost every episode, and is one of the more active shows in terms of promotion ahead of episodes.  One of its cast members, Josh Malina, recently spoke with us about the cast’s collective decision to be there for fans on social media.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) and Parks and Recreation’s Retta (@unfoRETTAble) took home best actor and best actress Shorty’s.

Our story featuring @SeinfeldToday’s fake twitter account must have given it a bump—it won best fake twitter account.  Speaking of Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld won the award for best Web Show for his original web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Amy Poehler‘s “Smart Girls At The Party” Tumblr won best Tumblr of the year.

For best integration of social media for live TV, there was a tie between NBC’s “The Voice” and MTV’s 2014 Movie Awards.

In a funny moment, actor Will Ferrell was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award for social media.

“Of all the irrelevant awards out there, meaningless awards, awards that no one has heard of…the Shorty’s are by far the most prestigious,” Ferrell said in a taped acceptance speech.

Another comedian presented in person.

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NBC Sports Prepares Digital and Social Strategy for 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL_2014_StanleyCupPlayoffsFour months removed from another incredibly successful Winter Classic, the NHL is preparing its social and digital strategy for playoff hockey.

For the third year in a row, every playoff game will be broadcast across multiple NBC Sports Group platforms. As many as 105 playoff games will air across NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, and NHL Network, and all games will stream on NBC Sport Live Extra (accessible via desktop, mobile, and tablet devices).

NBC Sports will also be making a big social push. The network is partnering with Magisto, an app that will allow fans to create edited movies with effects from on their desktop or mobile device. There will be calls to action during the Stanley Cup asking fans to create Magistro movies of them celebrating and the best videos will be shown on air. Read more

HBO Makes First Episode of ‘Silicon Valley’ Available on YouTube

If you’re a regular Lost Remote reader, then you’ve likely seen the first episode of HBO’s new comedy series, ‘Silicon Valley,’ and liked it. If you haven’t, then HBO has made the first episode available free to stream on YouTube, which is just one example of the social and tech-centric tactics that the network has chosen to employ to market the Mike Judge-helmed comedy.

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Yahoo Looking to Break Into Original Video

YahooThe web-only original programming field might have a third heavyweight joining the ranks.

Yahoo is planning on acquiring original content similar to Netflix, and more recently, Amazon, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Journal reports the company will order four different half-hour original comedies. The initial focus on comedy might carve out a niche for Yahoo; Netflix’s top hit “House of Cards” falls in the political-thriller genre, while Amazon’s main original series, “Alpha House,” is more of a dramedy.

Yahoo’s series will reportedly cost between $700,000 to $1 million per episode. The online video plan continues CEO Marissa Mayer‘s digital push.

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Come to the TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party!

Ahead of this month’s TVNewser Show — where we’ll be talking about Aereo, drones and social TV, among many other topics — we’re throwing a party for television news professionals. Whether you’re looking for a new job in the industry, have an anonymous tip that you want to share in person or just want to celebrate the warm(er) weather, please join us for drinks.

TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party • Tuesday, April 15, • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Bubble Lounge • 228 West Broadway

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If you’ve been to one of our parties before, you know they’re a great way to network and connect with other people in the industry. So RSVP here, and we’ll see you on April 15.

Deloitte Digital Democracy Survey: More Digital Omnivores, More Distraction

digitaldemocracy (1)Two weeks ago, Deloitte released the eighth edition of its Digital Democracy Survey, which measures the digital consumption trends, preferences, and attitudes of 2,000 consumers ages 14 and up.

While many of the trends are unsurprising, the rates at which they’re evolving are. For example, 37 percent of U.S. consumers are now “Digital omnivores”  (those who own tablets, smartphones and laptops), which is a whopping 42 percent increase year-over-year. Women comprised 35 percent of digital omnivores two years ago; now they account for 45 percent of the group.

The results of the Digital Democracy Survey make it clear why cable networks continue to invest in second screen applications and social programming: more devices means more distraction.  86 percent of U.S. consumers multitask while watching TV (up from a little less than three quarters in 2011). Still, only 22 percent of multitasking activities directly relate to the shows being watched. Bridging the gap between the 86 percent and the 22 percent has become the chief concern of social TV producers.  Read more

Gannett and Weinstein Company Partner for Scripted TV, Films

Harvey WeinsteinUpfront season is in full swing, and Gannett, which owns media properties like USA Today, announced a first-look partnership with The Weinsten Company earlier this week.

The deal will allow TWC to take stories from Gannett’s local TV stations and newspapers and turn them into TV shows and movies.

“It is like having an extra hundred development offices all around the country,” said Meryl Poster, the president of television for The Weinstein Company, during Gannett’s upfront on Wednesday.

It will be interesting to see if any stories sparked by social media could land on the small or big screen. At the upfront presentation, the company shared the story of how USA Today reunited a homeless man sleeping on the streets of Washington D.C. with his family.

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