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Cable News Takes Home Social Media Shorty Awards

Sarah JonesTVNewser was at last night’s Shorty Awards in New York City, where both MSNBC and Al Jazeera America won awards for their respective social media activities. Our sister site Lost Remote has the full awards recap.

MSNBC.com won the best use of social media for news category, awarded for their Google+ Hangout series on marriage equality. The network beat Al Jazeera America’s social media show, “The Stream,” and The Guardian’s #AskSnowden social campaign, where NSA-leaker Edward Snowden answered reader questions.

We caught up with Executive Editor for MSNBC.com Richard Wolffe after their victory was announced. “For a short person, winning a Shorty is a big deal,” Wolffe joked to TVNewser, adding his take on the success of the social campaign. “You have Andrea Mitchell talking on-air about people she had spoken with on these hangouts…and that was very cool, seeing that integration of digital, and TV, and social media with really respected, experienced journalists.

Al Jazeera America won two awards: best news twitter and best social media journalist; the latter awarded to AJAM deputy news editor, Sarah Jones (pictured above). During her acceptance speech, Jones thanked all those on social media who support under-reported news, and added a request.

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The Morning Ticker: Wolf, Wolffe, Fox

  • CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw are holding court in CNN’s DC bureau this morning. The chat, hosted by the CNN Diversity Council, is being beamed to employees in New York, Atlanta and LA too. Shaw was an anchor at CNN from 1980-2001.

  • MSNBC.com’s Richard Wolffe interviewed MSNBC cable’s Thomas Roberts at SxSW Tuesday. Wolffe wouldn’t say how many people the new MSNBC.com is reaching, joking “I’ve been told not to!” reports Barron’s.

  • Fox COO Chase Carey has concerns about the Comcast-TWC merger. “Probably the issue that will come out of it… is the broadband issue. Are you really headed toward every home having one broadband provider, and what are the implications of that?,” Reuters reports.

TVNewsers Head to South by Southwest

SXSWSouth by Southwest Interactive starts today (the music portion starts Monday) and various tvnewsers will be there.

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner will be a on a panel today. “Way Too Early” host Thomas Robertsand MSNBC.com executive editor Richard Wolffe sit on a panel Tuesday. (A TVNewser tipster spotted Wolfe on an Austin-bound JetBlue flight this morning enjoying his Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.) JJ Ramberg, host of Your Business, will be on a panel of business reporters and editors on Tuesday as well.

CNN will have correspondent Laurie Segall and editorial folks on the ground at the conference, but no public-facing presence this year. During 2012′s SXSW, an Austin restaurant became “CNN Grill.”

Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang is moderating a fireside chat with AOL co-founder Steve Case on Saturday.

Fox News will also be sending a correspondent to the conference. HLN, which recently rebranded itself as the “TV home of social media,” won’t have a presence at SXSW this year. ABC News won’t be sending a correspondent this year.

Kara Swisher of Re/code, which is backed by the NBCU News Group, will be on a technology journalism panel on Monday.

Mediabistro’s Angela Washeck will also be at the conference. Look for her reports on our sister sites SocialTimes and 10,000 Words and on Twitter.

MSNBC’s New Website Goes Live

MSNBCPageSmallMSNBC flipped the switch on its new website today, launching a public preview at www.msnbc.com/preview.

You can read more about their plans for the site from our report last week.

As we noted, the company is putting social front and center, both building its own social network built out around politics, while integrating with the leading social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

It is also compiling a trove of data on its users, starting with their emails. msnbc.com executive editor Richard Wolffe says that in the first 10 days since they posted a sign-up feature, the company saw 30,000 subscribers, representing a 10% signup rate. They expect more than a hundred thousand people to subscribe by the end of the year.

MSNBC Readies New Website, a ‘Platform for the Lean Forward, progressive community’

MSNBCPageSmallNext Tuesday, MSNBC’s new website msnbc.com will go live in a public beta. Later this month, it will formally take back the URL, which has redirected visitors to NBCNews.com since NBC acquired control of the site 15 months ago.

At a press briefing this morning at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and msnbc.com executive editor Richard Wolffe unveiled the new site (which was built from scratch), and explained what their goal was in designing it.

“We are the platform for the Lean Forward, progressive community,” Griffin said. “We hope it benefits television, but it will be in and of itself its own medium.”

The new site will not be a “news” site, per se, but more of a social hub for viewers of MSNBC programming. Social will be a focal point, with tight integration with the major social networks, and deep “profiles” that users can create for themselves. The channel’s full video archive will be searchable, with the last two years available at launch, and more videos from the past slowly rolling out. Users can also watch the live MSNBC TV feed on the site… provided they authenticate that they are a cable or satellite customer. Fox News and CNN have similar products.

The homepage will heavily focus on clean visuals (not unlike the upcoming new CNN.com), but it will only have 10 news stories or videos in the pageflow. Users can also navigate to pages for shows, or news topics, if they want to delve deeper. 10 stories seems somewhat limiting, but Wolffe addressed that while explaining the design.

“[It] forces us to make some tough choices, but for us it is kind of easier than for other people, because we know who we are, we know who are audience is,” Wolffe said. “We are not trying to cater for everyone, we are not trying to be a portal, this is about the spirit of MSNBC.”
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MSNBC.com to Re-Launch Next Week

MSNBC.comNewMSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe is blasting out an email this morning about the site’s relaunch next week.

The wait is almost over. We launch next week, and as promised, you’ll get an early look at the website that will transform the digital progressive community. Keep an eye out for an email next week so you can be one of the first to try it out.

The email encourages readers to share the news on Facebook.

The new site features clips and full episodes as well as live TV from MSNBC. There are also community connections allowing for group discussions and MSNBC polls. “You can even create your own group on an issue or story that fires you up,” writes Wolffe.

MSNBC.com currently redirects to NBCNews.com. In July 2012, the final tie between Microsoft and MSNBC was cut, allowing NBC News full control of NBCNews.com, while MSNBC.com began a rebirth as the online home of the progressive TV channel.

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz vs. MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe On White House Encounter

Ed SchultzIn a new book, The Message, political journalist and the executive editor of MSNBC.com Richard Wolffe recalls a meeting between President Obama and liberal supporters during the 2012 campaign. His colleague, MSNBC host Ed Schultz, plays a part in it.

Ed Schultz sat listening to others opine before ripping into an impassioned plea for the president to stand up and fight. The forty-fourth president of the United States listened calmly and nodded his head, surprising his aides with a meek appearance that successfully masked how little patience he had for such criticism.

Media outlets picked up on this excerpt, writing that Schultz “ranted” at President Obama. On his radio show yesterday, Schultz responded to those reports, saying “There was no rant. There was no tirade. There was no engagement of negativity between me and the President of the United States.”

That said, Schultz also added that Wolffe’s characterization of the meeting was wrong:

“I’m not going to go so far as to say Richard Wolffe owes me an apology. I’m, no, I’ve got a thicker skin than that. But I will tell you that this is an inaccurate depiction of the conversation.”

The Evening Ticker: Woodruff, MSNBC.com, Walters

  • ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is planning a series of reports for “Nightline,” highlighting “the most dangerous and extreme places across the globe.” The debut segment airs tonight, and features a look at child coal miners.

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MSNBC.com Staffs Up

MSNBC.com is staffing up ahead of a major relaunch later this year. The relaunched site will focus on the world of politics and the personalities that populate MSNBC’s programming. There will also, however, be plenty of political news and information.

To that end, the channel is adding a number of reporters, including Talking Points Memo’s Benjy Sarlin, who joins as a political reporter in Washington, The Washington Post‘s Suzy Khimm, who joins as a reporter at “All In,” and Rothenberg Political Reports’ Jessica Taylor, who joins the team of “The Daily Rundown” and NBC Politics. Other additions include Adam Serwer as a national reporter focusing on civil rights issues, Amy Pereira as director of photography, Jason Fields as director of design, Emma Margolin, Evan Puschak and Michele Richinick.

MSNBC.com executive editor Richard Wolffe‘s memo to staff is below.
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NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com Make a Slew of Hires

NBC News Digital has made a slew of personnel announcements today, affecting both NBCNews.com and MSNBC.com, which will launch this Summer.

NBCNews.com has named Hilary Frey editorial director for news, while MSNBC.com has named Dafna Linzer managing editor. Frey was most recently editor-in-chief of Yahoo! News, while Linzer was a senior investigative reporter at ProPublica.

In addition, NBCNews.com has promoted Dick Belsky to Managing Editor of News. There are a number of other additions to both sites, all of them noted after the jump.

Note from MSNBC.com VP and executive editor Richard Wolffe:
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