NewsTECHForum: Blowing Up The Newscast In Order To Save It

Nov 23 2022

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Published by TVN Staff on| November 21, 2022

Television newscasts have long held value in a media ecosystem awash in social, mobile, streamed, and online news. But most news leaders concede the form will need major changes to find and stick with younger audiences, and those on the cutting edge of that overhaul will share their progress in a panel, Blowing Up the Newscast In Order to Save It, at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum event on Dec. 13 at the New York Hilton.

Panelists are Micah Gelman, senior editor, and director of editorial video, The Washington Post; Socrates Lozano, senior director, ScrippsCast and newsroom innovation, The E.W. Scripps Co.; Meredith McGinn, EVP of diginets and original production, NBCUniversal Local; Sarah Burke, VP and news director, CBS News New York; and Sam Peterson, COO, Bitcentral. TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp will moderate the 9 a.m. opening session of the conference.

Younger audiences have little interest in decades-old conventional newscasts, so winning their attention — and thus securing a longer-term future for TV news — means reconsidering everything about how news stories are told, shaped and delivered,” Depp said. “This panel will go deep into how news innovators are experimenting and implementing dramatic changes to their news to resonate with the next generation of consumers.”

Micah, Socrates, Meredith, Sarah and Sam will share the blue sky thinking they’re adopting to unshackle video news from its more shopworn formats, how stories themselves can be reframed to transcend a newscast and the technologies that will be key to making it happen,” he said.

NewsTECHForum’s theme for 2022 is Reimagining the News and How It’s Made, and panels include Creating More Content For A Multimedia Audience; Building Tomorrow’s News Studio & Workflows; Reinventing News Presentation & Presenters in a Multimedia Ecosystem; Field and Remote Production’s Multiplying Options and the Quest for More Stories; and New Frontiers in News Production. The keynote interview is Radical Moves: Inside CBC’s Reinvention of TV News. The event is co-located with the Sports Video Group Summit.

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