Celebrity News, Award-Show Ties Pay Off
BET.com purebred a 90 percent boost in normal monthly singular visitors in 2016, according to a comScore, Inc., investigate company, creation it a many visited website oriented toward African Americans. Its sum was scarcely twice that of a nearest competitor, Huffington Post Black Voices.
As in past years, ComScore supposing unique-visitor totals Wednesday for a list of websites granted by Journal-isms. BET.com is perennially during or nearby a tip of a list, yet a boost in 2016 was dramatic.
BET spokesmen formerly attributed bet.com’s success to a tie-ins with a wire network. Such throng pleasers as a BET endowment shows “offer strange calm and celebrity-filled moments that rivet a assembly on a several digital platforms that helps boost trade to a website,” orator Luis Defrank pronounced in response to 2012 figures.
That was loyal again this year.
In June, BET’s second tip month of a year for singular visitors, a “BET Awards” featured a stirring debate on assault opposite African Americans by “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams as he ostensible a Humanitarian Award. It was described by Shaun King, columnist for a Daily News in New York, as “the many woke awards debate in a story of awards speeches.”
Meanwhile, a site continued a winning regulation of courtesy to luminary news. Wednesday’s home page featured “The New Edition Story Part 1,” “Meet Nick Grant: The South’s New Lyrical Genius,” “We Spoke to Chrisette Michele,” “Exclusive Peek during a New Edition Story,” “Cashier Moving Fast AF Is All of Us during 4:59 p.m. on Friday,” “[Keke] Palmer Talks Legal Action Against Trey Songz“ and “San Francisco Chronicle Gets Slammed for ‘Racist’ Oscars Story.”
In April, BET announced a redesign of a website. “Things will demeanour different: a tiny cleaner, a tiny slicker, a little… hotter,” it pronounced then. “It’s been a prolonged time coming. We redesigned BET.com to demeanour bone-head on whatever device we occur to be using. Not usually that, it’ll be many easier to find and share a calm we like.
“We didn’t stop there, though. We also redesigned a BET Now app, creation it easier for we to watch your favorite shows whenever [wherever].”
BET.com’s 13,480,000 singular visitors sum for 2016 was followed by 6,330,000 for Huffington Post Black Voices, 4,875,000 for The Root, 4,445,000 for Essence and 4,266,000 for Bossip.
Notable were drops for such tabloid-style sites as mediatakeout.com, that ranked No. 12; worldstarhiphop.com, that facilities “oh-no-they-didn’t” videos, ranking No. 6; and bossip.com, No. 5. Last year’s tip choice, madamnoire.com, fell to No. 7. The Root’s figure forsaken by 68 percent.
Danielle Belton, handling editor of The Root, pronounced by email, “Last year was a year of transition for us, and now that we’ve changed to a new edition height with Kinja we are confident about a opportunities and are focused on The Root’s continued growth.”
Reality star Kim Kardashian West filed fit in Oct opposite mediatakeout.com and a founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga, alleging that she was libeled. Mwangaguhunga afterwards concurred that the site’s stating had left too far.
Atlanta Black Star, a news site, ranked No. 9, and a Undefeated, ESPN’s digest of a intersection of sports, competition and culture, ranked No. 13, yet it purebred visitors starting usually in May, when it launched.
“I am anxious by a vicious commend we’ve perceived given rising The Undefeated usually 8 months ago,” Editor-in-Chief Kevin Merida told Journal-isms by email. “We will continue to work on building a assembly this year.”
Neil Nelson, a co-founder of Atlanta Black Star, pronounced in an email, “Our expansion rate is associated to a change in business devise and improved amicable media positioning.
“Last January, we bought behind equity from several business partners that reduced a series of owners/managers to 3 people. As a result, we were means to concentration on a narrower prophesy of providing a best amicable and domestic research in a Black news space.
“Additionally, we launched a new amicable media video devise to win mind share in a AA community. As we can see from a Facebook page, a likes have left from 130K final year to roughly 600K. Several of a videos have left viral with mixed millions of views, shares and comments.
“Atlanta Black Star is where college prepared members of AA village go to find out what’s function in a United States, Africa and a Caribbean on a daily basis. No other AA owned new height yield unchanging news and information about Africa, a Caribbean and Afro-Latinos.”
This year’s list (not comprehensive):
1. bet.com, 13,480,000 normal monthly singular visitors, adult 90 percent from 2015.
2. Huffington Post Black Voices, 6,330,000, adult 25 percent.
3. The Root, 4,875,000, down 68 percent.
4. essence.com, 4,445,000, adult 27 percent.
5. bossip.com, 4,226,000, down 46 percent.
6. worldstarhiphop.com, 4,058,000, down 10 percent.
7. madamenoire.com, 3,937,000, down 66 percent
8. hellobeautiful.com, 3,005,000, down 37 percent.
9. atlantablackstar.com, 2,759,000, adult 259 percent.
10.thegrio.com, 2,190,000, down 23 percent.
11. newsone.com, 1,418,000, down 31 percent.
12. mediatakeout.com, 1,299,000, down 54 percent.
13. theundefeated.com, 1,298,000 (launched in May)
14. blackamericaweb.com, 927,000, adult 57 percent.
15. ebony.com, 701,000, adult 42 percent.
16. clutchmagonline.com, 443,000, down 40 percent (April sum unavailable)
17. blackenterprise.com, 410,000, adult 270 percent.
18. theybf.com, 360,000, adult 423 percent.
19. eurweb.com, 357,999, down 34 percent.
20. blackplanet.com, 250,000, down 13 percent.
Jon Caramanica, New York Times: Lee O’Denat, Whose Hip-Hop Website Caught Many Eyes, Dies during 43
Ron Wade, ‘Beloved,’ ‘Smart’ Editor, Dies during 62
Ronald W. Wade, a maestro and well-liked publisher who was news editor during a St. Louis Post-Dispatch, died Wednesday during St. Louis University Hospital, his daughter, Tasha, told Journal-isms.
He was 62 and had been diagnosed usually dual days progressing with pancreatic cancer, Tasha Wade said.
“Very severe here,” Post-Dispatch Editor Gilbert Bailon told Journal-isms by email. “Ron was dear by all. One of a smartest and many medium reporters we have ever worked with.”
As news editor, Wade oversaw “all newsgathering and imitation prolongation during night,” Bailon added. “He also oversaw a website and story comments during night.”
Bailon also said, “Ron was out a few days yet returned to work a Thursday before a inauguration. Our staff had to take him home that Thursday night and he never came behind to work.”
Marlon A. Walker, preparation contributor during a Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myajc.com, worked with Wade during a Post-Dispatch.
“Ronald Wade wasn’t even ostensible to speak me,” Walker, also clamp president-print for a National Association of Black Journalists, wrote on Facebook.
“But he became No. 13 on a LOOOOONG list of names as we interviewed during a St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2010, pulling me aside to a tiny room where we hardly fit. People of tone were sparse, he said, yet editors charity a listening ear for concerns.
“When we left in 2013, he remained a sounding board, charity recommendation as my career route developed to embody a purpose of ‘advocate,’ earnest he’d be there to answer whenever we doubted myself, or my decisions.
“I’m going to skip that laugh. I’m going to skip those follower chats. I’m going to skip a encouragement, a arguments AND those grill suggestions!
“I roughly canceled my outing to St. Louis final month,” when a Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists hold a 40th anniversary celebration. “And we know we frequency devise anything. we remember job Lisa Eisenhauer on my approach to her residence for lunch. we couldn’t find Ron Wade’s number. Was he watchful this early in a day? She’d already invited him.
“He chuckled as we leaned down and wrapped him in a bear cuddle before we all separated.”
“Rest well, Ron. You’ve warranted it.”
Wade assimilated a Post-Dispatch in 2006 as Metro coordinator. “Ron, comparison news editor during a Philadelphia Inquirer, brings a resources of knowledge and imagination to this critical role,” editors pronounced in a memo then. “As he does now in Philadelphia, Ron will assistance manage a nightly prolongation of a daily metro sections, that are during a core of a new zoning devise launched reduction than 6 months ago.
“Ron has worked during a Inquirer given 1995, including stints as emissary news editor and emissary sports editor.
“Before relocating to Philadelphia, Ron spent 11 years as partner handling editor/news during a Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He also has worked on a duplicate or news desks of a Washington Post, Buffalo Courier-Express, Newsday, Louisville Times and Chicago Tribune.
“As if that wasn’t well-rounded enough, Ron has a bachelor’s grade from Harvard, with a specialty in East Asian studies, and a longtime affinity for his hometown football authorization — Da Bears. [As good as a Chicago Cubs, who tweeted condolences on Wednesday.]
“At a Inquirer, Ron’s references described him as a indication for artistic partnership and care as good as a brave of journalistic firmness and peculiarity control. We demeanour brazen to Ron assisting us to continue to make improvements to a zoning strategy, news coverage and design.”
Tasha pronounced skeleton for services, that will be in Chicago, are incomplete. Bailon pronounced a Post-Dispatch would tell an necrology when those skeleton are complete. Wade leaves his wife, Molly, and 6 other children — Lisa, Sharon, Shawn, Aaron, Jaden and Deiontae.
Campaign Reporters Urge Attention to Role of Race
The news media are rushing to news on a attitudes of a white operative category after a Nov election, yet dual black reporters who lonesome a Donald Trump presidential debate pronounced Tuesday that competition is critical to bargain Trump’s win.
“When we speak about Trump, we can’t not speak about race,” Yamiche Alcindor, a contributor who specializes in competition during a New York Times, pronounced during a Journalists Roundtable in Washington. Candace Smith, a contributor for ABC News, said, “I remember this immature lady being called a nigger partner and being pepper-sprayed in a face.” She pronounced she suspicion radio undercovered a purpose of competition in a campaign.
In November, Smith wrote on a ABC News website about her practice on a Trump debate trail. “Conversations with over 100 Trump supporters, all white, suggested a darker truth: that they might like me as a person, yet were endangered some-more holistically [with] what black and brownish-red people were doing to this republic and disturbed about a changing republic that no longer looked like them,” she wrote.
Smith told a roundtable group, “We talked about a disenfranchisement that bad white electorate were feeling, a disavowal of spark miners.” Yet, a dual reporters said, black and brownish-red electorate who were also spiteful economically voted conjunction for Trump nor, in a Democratic primary, for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Alcindor urged that operative category people of tone be lonesome along with white operative category people.
Alcindor pronounced it remained to be reported how many a organisation of a Affordable Care Act with President Obama is obliged for antithesis to a law, notwithstanding a recognition of some of a provisions. “I’m Haitian. I’m never astounded how extremist people can be,” Alcindor added. “I don’t have to ask them to tell me how extremist they are. They’ll tell me to my face. . . .”
Smith recalled, “A man asked me to take a design of him with a Confederate flag.”
Alcindor pronounced that Dean Baquet, Times executive editor, “says a answer to some-more questions is always some-more journalism.” Journalists’ assign is “asking tough questions. It’s pulling behind opposite a elementary answers,” she said.
Janice Temple, Journalists Roundtable (Periscope video)
Trump Given Twice as Much Airtime as Clinton
“To protest a hype: Campaign 2016 was not a blockbuster,” Andrew Tyndall reported Wednesday for his Tyndall Report. “The Presidential competition perceived a customary volume of coverage for a non-incumbent contest: somewhat reduction than in 2008, somewhat some-more than in 2000 and in 1988. Nothing unusual.
“What was surprising was a coverage of Donald Trump — with some-more than twice as many airtime as Hillary Clinton — both rare giveaway broadside and rare scrutiny. With ABC’s Tom Llamas in a lead, this choosing was presented as a competition of personalities rather than of open process issues.
“This was truly a lame-duck year for a Obama Administration, with a slightest coverage of US unfamiliar process in a 29-year story of this database, a slightest on a economy, and a third-least on sovereign domestic policy. The DC bureaus during ABC and NBC have never perceived reduction airtime.
“The vital tellurian datelines of a year were in a Middle East: Aleppo was reconquered by Syrian supervision forces; and Iraqi supervision army massed to try to reconquer Mosul. CBS treated both as vital stories, distinct ABC, that hardly mentioned either. Domestically, a pale electrocute during a Pulse nightclub in Orlando was a many newsworthy crime.
“NBC, as is a habit, shilled for a sports multiplication during a Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Brazil, mosquitoes widespread a pathogen that caused birth defects and CBS in-house medicine Jon LaPook led coverage. . . .”
Tyndall’s list of a tip 20 most-used reporters on ABC, CBS and NBC, not counting anchors, enclosed Llamas, covering a debate for ABC News, commanding a list during 482 minutes, and these other reporters of color: Miguel Almaguer of NBC, 330 minutes; Cecilia Vega, ABC, 320 minutes; Gabe Gutierrez, NBC, 249 minutes; Gio Benitez, ABC, 150 minutes; and Jeff Pegues, CBS, 148 minutes.
Univision Creates Free Online Tool for Immigrants
“Univision News, a award-winning news multiplication of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), a heading media organisation portion Hispanic America, now is rising an interactive digital apparatus designed to assistance U.S. immigrants find internal nonprofit organizations that offer immigration-related recommendation and/or authorised services giveaway of assign or during a low cost,” a organisation announced on Thursday.
President Trump sealed executive orders Wednesday that “begin a crackdown on bootleg immigration that Trump betrothed his supporters,” Brian Bennett reported Thursday for a Los Angeles Times. “In further to a wall, he would severely enhance deportations and apprehension of migrants and retard sovereign income for supposed refuge cities. . . .”
The Univision proclamation continued, “By inputting a zip formula or any U.S. residence in a hunt tool, users will be supposing with a list of nonprofit groups in their area that are prepared to support them in matters associated to immigration – from explaining their rights and options to charity authorised warn or representation.
“The Legal Assistance Search Tool for Immigrants is permitted in a immigration territory of UnivisionNoticias.com commencement today. It will also be permitted around links in all articles published on a subject of immigration in Univision News platforms. As a outcome of an fondness between Univision News and immi, a hunt apparatus uses information supposing by immi.org, a new height permitted in English and Spanish that helps immigrants know their immigration options, learn about their rights, and bond with clinging nonprofit organizations. Immi was combined by a Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net. . . .”
Chris Ariens, TVNewser: With Women’s Marches, MSNBC Has Most-Watched Saturday Since Iraq War
Radley Balko, Washington Post: Trump, cops and crime
Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times: Felony Charges for Journalists Arrested during Inauguration Protests Raise Fears for Press Freedom
Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today Media Network: Republican Native Americans Jockey for Trump Administration Posts
Committee to Protect Journalists: Journalists charged with rioting in Washington
Ana Marie Cox, New York Times Magazine: Joy Reid Has Never Heard a Good Argument for Trump
Joe Davidson, Washington Post: Gingrich joins Trump’s fight on media ‘mortal enemies’
Ken Doctor, Nieman Lab: Newsonomics: Trump might be a news industry’s biggest event to build a tolerable model
Editorial, Los Angeles Times: Border confidence is important, yet Trump’s wall devise is as hare-brained as they come
Daniel González, a Republic | azcentral.com: President Donald Trump’s devise to ramp adult deportations brings both worry, service to Arizonans
Matt Gertz, Media Matters for America: Corporation For Public Broadcasting: Reported Trump Privatization Plan Would Be “Devastating” To Public Media
Jennifer Gonnerman, New Yorker: Last day during a Civil Rights Division
Richard Gonzales, NPR: NPR And The Word ‘Liar’: Intent Is Key
Roy Greenslade, a Guardian: Is a arise of Donald Trump unequivocally President Obama’s fault?
Kristen Hare, Poynter Institute: Journalists around a republic are fasten a Slack channel clinging to FOIA and Trump
Adonis Hoffman, a Hill: Tillerson using State Dept. like Exxon Mobil is good for America
Ronnell Andersen Jones and Sonja R. West, New York Times: Don’t Expect a First Amendment to Protect a Media
Randall L. Kennedy, Boston Globe: A avaricious indebtedness for Trump’s speech
Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times: The genocide of contribution has been severely exaggerated
Benjamin Mullin, Poynter Institute: Time editor on MLK bust: We bewail a error
Barrett Holmes Pitner, Daily Beast: In Trump’s America, Jeff Sessions Is a ‘Civil Rights Champion’ and Truth Is Dying
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: New policeman has a badge, yet doesn’t have a clue
James Poniewozik, New York Times: For Trump, Everything Is a Rating
Reporters Without Borders: For Trump, media is open rivalry series one
Mallory Shelbourne, a Hill: Trump sequence calls for weekly list of crimes finished by undocumented workers
Joe Strupp, Media Matters for America: Voter Fraud Experts: Trump’s “Bizarre” Claim Of Illegal Votes Could Lead To Severe Voter Restrictions
A.C. Thompson, ProPublica: Teens Report Onslaught of Bullying During Divisive Election
Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast: Private Prisons Cheer Trump’s Crackdown
Ozy Raises More Millions; Will Grow Its Staff
“Silicon Valley startup Ozy Media — a next-generation news startup anticipating to follow in a footsteps of BuzzFeed and Vice Media — has banked a $10 million in third-round funding,” Todd Spangler reported Tuesday for Variety.
“The investment, led by venture-capital organisation GSV Capital, brings Ozy to $35 million lifted to date. (Ozy declined to divulge a stream valuation.) Previous investors embody German media firm Axel Springer, Emerson Collective, and several Silicon Valley angel investors including Laurene Powell Jobs, Ron Conway, David Drummond, Larry Sonsini and Dan Rosensweig.
“Ozy pronounced it will use a appropriation to continue to sinecure editorial staff that ‘discover and news on important, cutting-edge stories being told nowhere else,’ and to grow a video group and prolongation capabilities. The Mountain View, Calif.-based organisation claims to strech over 25 million monthly singular users online (across mixed placement platforms) and 2 million newsletter subscribers.
“According to comScore, Ozy’s website drew 6.4 million singular visitors in a U.S. in Dec 2016 — down 41% from a year before — nonetheless sum assembly grew to about 20 million for Ozy Media (across Ozy.com and dependent sites) by a finish of final year.
“The startup was founded in 2013 by Carlos Watson, a former TV horde and publisher who seemed on MSNBC, CNN and other networks, and Samir Rao, who formerly worked as an associate during Goldman Sachs. Ozy now has about 50 employees. . . .”
K.C. Reporter ‘Constantly’ Sent to Urban Core
“An African-American Kansas City radio contributor alleges in a lawsuit that she has been discriminated opposite since of her race,” Tony Rizzo reported Tuesday for a Kansas City Star.
“Lisa Benson Cooper, who goes by Lisa Benson, filed fit opposite KSHB, Channel 41, final month in Jackson County Circuit Court.
“On Monday, attorneys for a hire changed a box to sovereign justice in Kansas City.
“In her suit, Benson alleges that her competition is ‘constantly used’ in determining where, or what topics, she would be reporting. The fit alleges that she was ‘consistently’ being sent to a civic core for all her stories.
“Once, she pronounced she was sent alone to a home of a KKK member. . . .”
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