A new startup that promises to deliver a different kind of video news coverage via mobile and social is attracting big names from the world of journalism. Now This News, which has yet to launch, announced it hired former CNN chief Eason Jordan, former ABC News Digital exec Ed O'Keefe and former Washington Post online news chief Katharine Zaleski for its executive team. The startup also says it inked a "strategic partnership" with Buzzfeed.
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Current plans to showcase Twitter like never before during the cable network's upcoming convention coverage, even displaying Tweets across half the TV screen. The plan is to differentiate Current's coverage from the "other guys" while engaging a real-time audience. "We think we can bring in real time tweets that are pertinent, and also provide some depth and catch up with things..."
I think most journalists understand that we should be careful what we tweet from on our personal accounts, but it was Facebook that sparked a firestorm over at KQDS in Duluth, Minnesota. According to TVSpy, news director Jason Vincent posted a status update on Facebook that read, "Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard."
ABC News and its owned-and-operated stations announced the roll-out of updated iPad apps with some nice touches. All of the apps offer dayparted content in three daily editions, and the local apps -- launching first at KABC with the other stations following -- go deeper with traffic and weather.
One of the biggest trends in social TV these days is the integration of gaming in TV apps. NBC and msnbc.com launched the NBCPolitics iPad and iPhone app today, and while it features political news and video, an interactive game lets users take on the pundits and play their own election scenarios. Political junkies can start with a blank battleground map -- with every state as a toss-up -- or pick from NBC's current projection or past election results....
Ever wonder how some of the most memorable breaking news stories would play out on Twitter? The NBC-owned TV station in Los Angeles has launched the Twitter account @RealTimeLARiots to replay the Rodney King trial and the LA riots twenty years later. "With the 20th anniversary coming up, there is a ton of coverage out there, so we were looking for a unique way to tell the story..."
MTV is planning to launch an ambitious election game that incorporates real-life actions by candidates and players alike, merging journalism fact-checking with social media. "Fantasy Election 12" -- which has yet to launch -- features an incredible list of partners, ranging from Politifact and RealClearPolitics to GetGlue and Foursquare. And the Knight Foundation is funding a chunk of the project.
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