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Hyperbolic to sensitive, how news outlets treated dramatic car crash video

The 55-second cell-phone video of an SUV going the wrong way on the Interstate, smashing into a sedan and exploding into a fiery ball that killed five people quickly sky-rocketed to one of the most viewed videos ever on the … Read more

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Washington Post exec: Publishers can’t expand video offerings on their own

"There needs to be substantially more scale" in digital news video, says Steven Schiffman, The Washington Post's general manager of video, in an interview with Beet.TV. "Even 20 million video starts is not enough to make this a vibrant business for premium publishers to do what they need to do to create the type of content in the ecosystem," he said.

The Post has hired more than 30 people for its video initiative, Schiffman says. It now creates more than 30 hours of content and 300-plus clips per month. "But long-term we would love to be able to double down on our investment. We would love to be able to produce 100 hours and 1,000 clips and create really strong, diverse, video content if the revenue model on the top end of the P&L supported that," he says. "Today we can't."

Schiffman says the Post is already pursuing "low-fruit" opportunities, such as embedding videos in articles "where the video essentially tells a broader richer story than just what you could read in the text," but he has other ideas of solving the revenue riddle, including a consortium of premium publishers: "There's an opportunity to potentially partner with what might be seen in other industries as a competitor, where other premium publishers along with The Washington Post could band together and create a service that potentially could be very competitive and very valuable to media buyers and advertisers."
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What you can learn about video storytelling from the Budweiser Super Bowl commercial

I often use commercials as ways to teach journalists how to write compelling stories. Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” Super Bowl commercial gives me one of the best examples of video storytelling that I have seen in years.

So let me walk … Read more


In 2014, HuffPost Live will try to turn cool ideas into a sustainable business

When HuffPost Live launched in August 2012, it was an ambitious undertaking, to say the least. Twelve hours of livestreamed content per weekday with hopes to expand to 16. Studios and fully staffed newsrooms in New York and Los Angeles. … Read more


Shows aren’t in the future for Washington Post’s PostTV

The Washington Post's PostTV video initiative will stop presenting information as shows and move to "easily digestible segments," Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti tells Poynter in an email.

"Since the launch of PostTV the team has learned a lot about how users are consuming video, so they are restructuring a bit to reflect that," she writes. "These changes are a natural evolution, and they have always said they were going to continue to iterate on the product."

The Post launched shows including "In Play," featuring Chris Cillizza and Jackie Kucinich, and "On Background," featuring Nia-Malika Henderson, this past summer. The new segments will feature "the same staff and personalities viewers have come to know," Coratti said. "They will also start expanding their areas of coverage beyond strictly politics."

Coratti didn't have a timetable for the changes but said, "I would imagine this is going to start soon." (more...)

Facebook adds autoplaying video ads in News Feeds; will they annoy?

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Facebook will start selling video ads in News Feeds starting this week, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users on desktop and mobile will see them beginning Thursday, according to the Journal's unnamed sources.

The ads will autoplay in users' feeds, reflecting a change others, including TechCrunch, had noticed being rolled out to all users last week for native Facebook videos after a test period earlier in the year. (more...)

KPCC’s AudioVision series feels like TV on the radio and vice-versa

A new pilot video series by KPCC in Southern California aims to marry video with the distinct voice of public radio. The neat effect while playing "The Whale Warehouse," the debut video on KPCC's AudioVision site: Close your eyes and you might feel as if you were listening to a made-for-radio piece. With the exception of a few spots in the video — like when co-host Mae Ryan tells viewers they might want to fast-forward if they get queasy looking at blood — the audio could stand alone. That's how tight the narration is, and one reason an AudioVision story takes many days to produce. KPCC visual journalist Grant Slater told Poynter via phone that AudioVision takes inspiration from Radiolab and NPR. But their video stories are done on a one-off basis, Slater said, so the goal with AudioVision is to serialize the TV on the radio — or radio on the TV — similar to what Vice Media, PBS Off Book and the New York Times' Op-Docs properties have achieved. (more...)

Tips for Storytellers: Get your video right

If you never trained for video, here are a few basic tips from Regina McCombs, senior editor for visual news at Minnesota Public Radio and Poynter adjunct faculty.

Part of a series of graphics with tips for storytellers, this infographic … Read more

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Third of millennials watch mostly online video or no broadcast TV

Thirty-four percent of millennials surveyed watch mostly online video or no broadcast television, new research from The New York Times says. Brian Brett, the Times' executive director of customer research, is scheduled to present the research at the INMA Audience Summit in Las Vegas Thursday. (more...)
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New York Times launches weekly video series to highlight new findings in scientific research

A thresher shark's tail attack is like a "ballet move." A cheetah changes direction like a wide receiver. Myxococcus xanthus bacteria have a "kind of stealth communication system" that may help them plan their signature wavelike attacks.

Those are some of the ways New York Times science writer James Gorman discusses scientific research in the Times' weekly "Science Take" videos, which debut today. The clips are 60-90-second-long discussions of an idea that's popped out of research Gorman and the science section's Jeffery DelViscio have read.

The journalists look for research with “one point that can be summarized,” Gorman said by phone. A lot of scientific research now has video attached, making it easier for the Times to illustrate sometimes-lofty concepts. That's not actually too far from a way to approach blogging, I ventured to science editor Barbara Strauch in a separate call. "Yes and no," she said. "Because blogging is sometimes blither and this is the opposite, we hope, of blither."

A lot of legwork goes into avoiding blither. After reading research, DelViscio will usually call scientists, then write something up for Gorman, who will often call the scientists himself. Then they put together an outline script that Gorman will play with when filming -- emphasizing different words, changing constructions that would work perfectly well in written journalism. It sounds funny to say "Darwin long thought about sexual selection" out loud, for instance, Gorman said. (more...)