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Data. It’s all the rage these days: good rage and bad rage.

Some are packaging it nicely into new data-driven sites, like FiveThirtyEight and Vox.com to help us better understand the news.

Others are making money off of data — your data — data brokers, they’re called. (Here’s “60 Minutes” reporting on them earlier this month).

Then there are overreaching intelligence agencies, whose collected data, later leaked, led to an international incident, followed by the creation of even more new Websites, most notably The Intercept from Glenn Greenwald.

Data can help us. Data can hurt us. For people who work in news, all this data and the changing nature of privacy impacts how you do your jobs. We’ll be talking about all this next month at the TVNewser Show, April 29 in New York City. Among the guests is Trevor Timm, the co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which is dedicated to transparency and accountability in government.

Click here for more information and to register.

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TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Thursday

tvnshowsmallThe TVNewser Show is coming together. As part of the lineup we’ve got Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more joining us on April 29. And we’d love for you to join us as well.

We’ll be talking about Aereo, a service that broadcasters want to see shut down and the Supreme Court will be taking up just a week before the TVNewser Show. Also, the use of drones in newsgathering: revolutionary but controversial. The growth of Social TV, which is changing the way shows are produced and watched. Plus, we’ll introduce you to new Web TV experiences and we’ll get to the bottom of why Millennials are the hot new audience.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today to save $200 off the full price.

Bret Baier to Keynote TVNewser Show, April 29

BretBaierFox News “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier will be the morning keynote speaker for the TVNewser Show, April 29 in New York City. This being an election year, we’ll talk with Baier about what’s ahead for Washington, and about media coverage of policy, politics and politicians.

Baier will join decision makers and thought leaders from NBC News, ABC News, and CNN for the day-long conference. You may have seen the ads running on TVNewser and our other sites which explain the agenda, but what we’re trying to do with the show is bring the leading minds in the business in one room on one day to discuss where the business is going.

Just a week before the conference the Supreme Court will take up the case of Aereo. So we’ll talk about that. We’ll also talk about media consolidation, the second screen, newsroom diversity, how broadcasters are adapting to the growth of TV everywhere, and more. Other speakers include Tribune broadcasting president Larry Wert, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, CNN executive Geraldine Moriba and NBC News executive Julian March.

We’re also pleased to present the TVNewser Job Fair which will tap the resources of Mediabistro’s leading job service, bringing together the nation’s top media companies in one place, allowing attendees to meet one-on-one with hiring managers.

We’ll bring you updates about speakers and attendees in the coming weeks. We hope you’ll join us on April 29.

Entertainment Reporting Expert Teaches the Tricks to Covering the Industry

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Mediabistro’s Celebrity and Entertainment Reporting course starting online February 19 will teach aspiring entertainment journalists how to successfully cover the industry today.

As the Entertainment Director for both Life & Style and In Touch magazines, instructor Jordi Lippe has made a career of covering the lives of the rich and famous.  Whether she’s reporting on breaking news stories or writing a feature article about the hottest celebrity, Lippe is rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s elite.   Read more

Learn How to Launch Your Career as a TV News Reporter

tv_reporter09TV News Reporting, a four-week intensive course starting January 14 in New York, teaches students what it takes to be on the news today.

Stephanie Tsoflias, a reporter/anchor at News 12 and founder of Reel Reporting, says “I didn’t want creating a demo reel to be a mystery to aspiring reporters anymore. Managers don’t want to see your college reels, or reels with only entertainment pieces. They want reporters who dig up stories for their reel that no one else has.”  Tsoflias has made it her mission to teach her students how to create a reel that will catch the attention of hiring managers at TV stations across the country, without going through a conventional university.

Her Mediabistro class alone has launched the career of at least four junior TV news reporters.  One of her students looked into expensive university courses, but decided to go another route. She describes her experience with Tsoflias as “proving to be one of the best investments I have ever made.  A month after the course was over, I had two interviews at TV stations, including one in a top 100 market. One month after that, I was offered a job with high exposure on a TV morning news show.”

With more outlets for continuing education than ever before, students have options of cost-effective, practical learning both online and in their cities. If you’re looking to become the next face of TV news in the greater New York area, please see more details on Tsoflias’ Mediabistro class here.

Don’t Forget to Vote in the 2014 TVNewser Challenge

There’s Still Time to Vote in the 2014 TVNewser Challenge

With 2013 in the rearview mirror, there’s an entire year of television industry news to be covered in the year ahead. What do you think will be the major stories of 2014? Make your predictions in the TVNewser Challenge below.

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2014 TVNewser Challenge: Make Your Predictions

With 2013 (almost) behind us, it’s time to predict what will happen across the TV news industry in 2014. Voting will close January 7, and we’ll share the results at the end of the year. (In case you missed it, here are the results from the 2013 TVNewser Challenge.) Happy voting!

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2013 TVNewser Challege: The Results

At the beginning of the year, we asked you to predict what would happen in the television news industry in 2013, and thousands of you responded with your thoughts on the year ahead. We’ll have a new set of questions in the 2014 TVNewser Challenge tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s how you did.

Will the three evening newscasts increase or decrease in viewership in 2013?

82% of you thought the evening newscasts would decrease in viewership, compared to just 18% of you who thought viewership would go up. As it turns out, you were all right: year-to-date, the three-network annual total is up +2% in total viewers and down -4% in the A25-54 demographic compared to 2012. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” remained on top this year. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was second and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was third.

By this time next year, which CNN daypart will see the biggest change under Jeff Zucker?

The majority of you (57%) believed CNN’s primetime programming would see the biggest changes under Jeff Zucker‘s leadership. There have been a few changes in primetime, but the major programming overhaul was in the mornings, which 30% of voters predicted. “New Day” debuted in June.

Which broadcast morning show is likely to see an anchor change in 2013?

Only 12% of responders saw an anchor change in the cards for “Good Morning America,” which had weather anchor Sam Champion depart for The Weather Channel this month. 61% of you thought the anchor change would be at “Today” and 27% thought it would be at “CBS This Morning.”

Will Megyn Kelly still be with Fox News at this time next year?

44% of you correctly predicted Megyn Kelly‘s move to primetime, which took place after she returned from maternity leave in October. Read more

Meet Our New TVNewser Editor

JordanCharitonSay hello to Jordan Chariton, our new editor of TVNewser & Lost Remote. Jordan has been a media reporter and commentator, writing for Mediaite and Salon for the last year. He’s also a digital producer, nominated for a Webby award this year for his production work at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

Before that, Jordan was in the trenches working for three years at Fox News/Fox Business as a researcher and booker. After Fox, Jordan worked for a year at MSNBC as a booking producer.

You’ll be seeing Jordan’s byline in the coming days on TVNewser and Lost Remote after he gets up to speed.

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