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WNET Launches MetroFocus Mobile App

In the latest roll-out of the MetroFocus plan, WNET’s online local news destination is now located in the mobile app world.

MetroFocus is debuting an app for the iPhone and iPad. The app gives users a little touch of New York at their fingertips. Users can get the commute started on the right track with customized weather and traffic alerts. The app also features original articles from the MetroFocus Web page, videos, photo galleries, plus downloadable podcasts covering local news, politics, arts, and culture.

“The legacy model of public television is changing and the new MetroFocus mobile app is a prime example of WNET’s vision to innovate the way in which we serve our public mission,” said WNET president and CEO Neal Shapiro. “As we approach our 50th anniversary, I am thrilled to see WNET’s local content expand to a new mobile platform.”

Other features of the MetroFocus app include:

  • Interacting with the city on foursquare. This is the first mobile app to utilize the “Save to foursquare” button, which instantly adds locations features on MetroFocus on your foursquare “to-do list.”
  • Checking the daily “can’t miss” headlines from other media outlets.
  • Have a tip? In just a few taps you can share your idea with MetroFocus editors.
  • Users can share any story with friends or family via Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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Jailed MetroFocus Reporter is Off the Hook

Credit: MetroFocus/Sam Lewis

Charges have been dropped against MetroFocus reporter John Farley.

As we previously reported, Farley and appproximately 70 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on September 24th.

Today, Farley, a staff reporter at WNET’s online news and culture magazine, and the others, appeared in New York City Criminal Court to face charges stemming from mass arrests.

The charges of disorderly conduct against him were dropped.

While conducting an interview with two women at the Occupy Wall Street protests, Farley was arrested and detained for nearly eight hours.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. TV Personality Jill Nicolini (left) Begins at WNYW on Monday, September 27
  2. Latest New Yorker Cover Puts Tourists in Their Place, September 28
  3. Conde´ Nast Adds More Magazine Themed Restaurants, September 26
  4. WNET/MetroFocus Reporter Calls Arrest at Occupy Wall Street Protest ‘Pretty Terrifying,’ September 27
  5. Time Inc. Rumors Kick Up Four Names, September 27 
  6. Hearst Launches New Magazine with HGTV, September 26
  7. WABC/Channel 7 Unveils New Studio, September 26
  8. Bloomberg View Executive Editor Abruptly Quits, September 28

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WNET/MetroFocus Reporter Calls Arrest at Occupy Wall Street Protest ‘Pretty Terrifying’

A young reporter got caught in the crosshairs of a chaotic scene in Lower Manhattan. John Farley (left) of WNET’s new online local news magazine, MetroFocus was at the Occupy Wall Street protests on September 24th. He had covered the demonstrations when they began a week earlier.

His story angle last weekend was citizen journalism, but Farley moments later would become the story. After cops allegedly shot pepper spray at two women, Farley approached them for an interview to find out what happened.

Despite using his reporter instincts, Farley found himself being busted for civil disobedience. Dozens were taken into custody and brought to the First Precinct.

While many citizen journalists were arrested, Farley contends that he was the only legitimate journalist to be handcuffed with plastic ties.

“[I was] surprised,” Farley tells FishbowlNY. “I pulled out my employee ID card and showed them my audio recorder.”

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