David Bauder Associated Press Published 7:22 AM EDT Mar 18, 2019 New York – Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting. The service, launched last year, is currently available in some 400 cities in the United States. But the social media giant said it has found that 40 percent of Americans live in places where there weren’t enough local news stories to support it. Facebook announced Monday it would share its research with academics at Duke, Harvard, Minnesota and North Carolina who are studying the extent of news deserts created by newspaper closures and staff downsizing. Some 1,800 newspapers have closed in the United States over the last 15 years, according to the University of North Carolina. Newsroom employment has declined by 45 percent as the industry struggles with a broken business model partly … [Read more...] about Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news
Electric car testing in NorwayIf you plan to drive an EV in winter weather you’ll need to charge more often to avoid “being stranded by a dead battery.” So sums AAA about its report on electric vehicle range, released this past week, which resulted in a very useful data set underscoring the reality of how EV range drops, especially at cold temperatures. As the organization concludes, on average, a 100-mile range at 75 degrees will drop down to just 59 miles on a 20-degree day, or 83 miles on a 95-degree day. The organization however fumbles some of the broad takeaways for would-be electric-vehicle shoppers, using that fear-inspiring takeaway—the “stranded” part of course being what local news reports around the country have picked up on in recent days. AAA should know better, as the messaging is out of sync with trends the organization itself noted in 2016. It had invested in a fleet of emergency roadside fast-charging-capable trucks, and then … [Read more...] about Cold-weather EV range: Polar Vortex, AAA, local news paint a bleak picture; don’t panic!
Barbara Ortutay Associated Press Published 7:22 AM EST Jan 15, 2019 New York – Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives. The money will go toward reporting grants for local newsrooms, expanding Facebook’s program to help local newsrooms with subscription business models and investing in nonprofits aimed at supporting local news. The move comes at a difficult time for the news industry, which is facing falling profits and print readership. Facebook, like Google, has also been partly blamed for the ongoing decline in newspapers’ share of advertising dollars as people and advertisers have moved online. Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of global news partnerships, acknowledges the company “can’t uninvent the internet,” but says it wants to work with publishers to help them succeed on and off the social network. “The industry is going through a massive … [Read more...] about Facebook to invest $300M in local news initiatives
By Marcy de Luna Published 11:40 am CDT, Friday, October 19, 2018 Best wishes are in order for KHOU anchor Ron Trevino and his new bride, Cheryl Martin. Best wishes are in order for KHOU anchor Ron Trevino and his new bride, Cheryl Martin. Photo: Courtesy Photo The intimate evening was attended by only seven guests. The intimate evening was attended by only seven guests. Photo: Courtesy Photo The lovely couple exchanged "I Do's" at St. Luke's Methodist Church. The pair first met at an Italian restaurant in 2016. >>> Scroll through to see celebrity secret weddings. The lovely couple exchanged "I Do's" at St. Luke's Methodist Church. The pair first met at an Italian restaurant in 2016. >>> Scroll through to see celebrity secret weddings. Photo: Courtesy Photo … [Read more...] about Beloved local news anchor Ron Trevino ties the knot
Facing a firestorm of criticism, Sinclair Broadcast Group spent last week defending a controversial on-air promotion in which its TV anchors across the country read identical scripts decrying “fake” news.A video montage produced by website Deadspin, which shows anchors at local news stations warning of biased and false news on social media and in traditional outlets, went viral and sparked a backlash.Critics say the TV station owner’s centralized message, required to be read on air, further reinforces the notion that right-leaning Sinclair wants to consolidate the local news industry and spread politicized “propaganda” through control and ownership of more stations than any other broadcaster.Opponents of Sinclair’s proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media, which would give it control of 233 television stations that reach 72 percent of U.S. households, see the anchor announcements as ominous signs of more to come from the company. They worry … [Read more...] about Sinclair Broadcast Group defends promotional message, read by local anchors nationwide, that went viral