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World News Tonight With David Muir Gets First Overall Weekly Win in 6 Years (TVNewser)
With the latest Nielsen evening news ratings released Tuesday, ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir had its first outright win in six years. The ABC evening newscast finished first among the two younger demos, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, and breaks the five-year total viewer winning streak held by NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams. TVNewser While Muir’s show was up 10 percent in viewers and up 16 percent in the demo compared to the same week last year, Williams’ broadcast was down 3 percent in viewers and down 13 percent in the demo. Deadline Hollywood It was ABC’s ninth consecutive newscast win in the news demo. ABC’s newscast clocked 8.416 million viewers, 2.204 million news demo viewers, and 1.528 million 18-49-year-old viewers for the week. NBC’s newscast logged 8.250 million viewers, 1.937 million news demo viewers and 1.416 million younger viewers. Scott Pelley-anchored CBS Evening News trailed with 6.614 million viewers, including 1.602 million in the news demo and 1.147 million aged 18-49. Variety There’s no telling whether ABC will be able to duplicate the feat in coming weeks. In the recently completed 2013-2014 TV season, Nightly News had its best viewer delivery in eight years and enjoyed a large advantage over both ABC and CBS. And Nightly News typically out-muscles World News among younger viewers, those between 18 and 49. But ABC has been pressing its advantage in the 25-to-54 demo for weeks and has been eating into NBC’s advantage in that category. In May, under Diane Sawyer, World News won the May sweep among viewers between 25 and 54 — the first time the newscast had done so in seven years. NYT In 2012, ABC also ended a long winning streak for NBC in the morning when its Good Morning America toppled the Today show.

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Knight Foundation Names VP of Journalism

Jennifer Preston, The New York Times’ first social media editor, has been tapped by the Knight Foundation to serve as its VP of journalism.

Preston has been with the Times since 1995. She has served as a senior editor since May. Preston is also an adjunct instructor at CUNY.

“Jennifer is the ideal person to help newsrooms embrace innovation because she believes in the change and has helped make it happen,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation, in a statement. “She understands the realities but she also has a vision of what’s possible and how to get there. She’ll lead Knight’s efforts to help newspaper, TV, radio and Internet newsrooms bring media innovation into their mainstream.:

Preston joins the Knight Foundation Oct. 20.

NY Times Launches Realtime Newsfeed ‘Watching’

The New York Times has launched a new breaking news feature on its homepage. “Watching” is a realtime news aggregator that includes tweets from Times staffers, videos, photos, Times headlines and more.

It’s basically a multimedia news ticker, keeping readers up to date on the latest, biggest news.

Watching is located just above the nytimes.com fold. For now, it is jam packed with information on the ISIS airstrikes. It will be interesting to see how well Watching works when multiple big news stories break.

Watching is overseen by Times editors Marcus Mabry and Jennifer Preston.

Social Media Week Panel Delves Into The Role Of Social Media Editors

SocialMediaWeekLogo.jpgSince it’s Social Media Week here in New York, we thought we would take a minute to highlight an interesting panel from yesterday afternoon.

Sister blog WebNewser was on the scene at the Time & Life building to hear former Fishbowler and current Mediaite editor Rachel Sklar, New York Times social media editor Jennifer Preston, and EW.com managing editor Cyndi Stivers talk about the role of social media editors in newsgathering organizations, on a panel moderated by Time Inc. director of community strategy for lifestyle digital Melissa Parrish.

Some choice insights from the panel included learning what your audience wants to read on your Twitter stream. Said Sklar:

“For Mediaite, it was different because we were a scrappy little start-up financed by Dan Abrams and whoever his private investors are, with a very small team — four of us. As soon as we launched, I became the unofficial PR Newsfeed of Mediaite.

I don’t have much of a filter in terms of the stuff I post.

I was responding to every single negative comment on my personal Twitter, and I started getting emails from people saying, ‘Whoa, you’ve got to back off a little bit.’”

Stivers agreed that news judgment is sometimes necessary:

“I think a lot of times people do forget about the user experience or think about it as an afterthought: Would I be annoyed if I had to click to another page and it was only three lines? Would I feel duped? Would I feel misrepresented?”

And Preston’s insight into how social media is used at the Times was very revealing:

“As journalists for The New York Times, trust is key. You have to make sure you’re providing as much real-time information as you can, but you have to verify it.

You do not join the Cindy McCain or Michelle Obama fan club on Facebook.

We’re not allowed to say “tweet” yet at The New York Times, but you can post to Twitter through TimesPeople.”

Read more: Social Media Editors On The Role Of Social Media Editors –WebNewser

Ann Curry Learns Lesson In Sartre: Hell Is Being Stuck In An Elevator With Other Media People

500x_currytweet.jpgBy now you may have heard that Ann Curry and seven other social media-savvy individuals were stuck in The New York Times‘ building elevator yesterday after a kickoff panel for New York’s Social Media Week.

After discussing social media and Haiti, the Today show host boarded what we will now refer to as the “No Exitavator” along with Times social media editor Jennifer Preston, Network2 TV founder Jeff Pulver and Phil Thomas of Pegshot, only to find themselves trapped in the basement floor for over two hours. There were many tweets and, uh, Pegshots of the event, along with some footage, but before most people had even heard of the event we ran into Thomas at the Digital Somethings party last night at Destination.

“Yeah, it’s been a strange day,” the young entrepreneur said, trying to get a final drink in before the open bar closed. “And the worst part was there was no AT&T service in the basement.”

So how did everyone manage to Tweet about it? Gawker called this event “a textbook example of how ‘the crowd’ beats Old Media in covering breaking news,” though we’re not really sure how that works since Curry is certainly part of a traditional news outlet and managed to convey the story just fine.

Read More: Ann Curry Trapped in New York Times Elevator for One Well-Documented Hour –Gawker

ABC’s Rick Klein: “It’s Almost Like Obama Chose Himself For The Supreme Court”

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Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, ABC News‘ senior political reporter Rick Klein discussed President Obama‘s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and some of the issues she is going to raise during her confirmation, in the Senate and in the press.

“One democrat said to me, ‘It’s almost like Obama chose himself for the Supreme Court,’” Klein said, pointing out that both Obama and Sotomayor are “moderate, middle of the road, non-controversial, not an ideologue in either direction” and have “a personal story that directs the narrative and the discussion about who they are.”

Klein, author of “The Note” blog and host of the ABC News Now show “Top Line,” also talked about the New York Times‘ new social media editor Jennifer Preston (who we spoke to yesterday) and the success of a personalized magazine.

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NYT‘s New Social Media Editor Sees Potential In Journos Using Twitter

preston.pngThe New York Times today announced (through Twitter and an internal memo to staffers) that Jennifer Preston would be taking over the newly created role of social media editor for the paper.

Though some critics have predicted that Preston will only be a Twitter cop for micro-blogging NYT reporters and editors, she told FishbowlNY that her job was actually going to be much more.

“I’ll be keeping everyone up to date with the rapid changes in this new medium,” Preston told us, noting that Twitter and other social media sites can be “an absolutely fabulous tool” for journalists to use. “My plan is to work closely with editors, reporters, bloggers and folks here across the newsroom to explore together how we can use these tools journalistically.”

A few hours after news broke of her appointment, Preston was introducing herself to the Twitter world. “Hi, I’m the NYT’s new social media editor…How should @nytimes be using Twitter?” she Tweeted using the handle NYT_JenPreston. “The first thing that I wanted to do on Twitter was to ask for ideas from Twitter users,” she explained.

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