How can local TV news fix its young person problem? Maybe it needs to look more like Vox


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Would more young people watch local TV news if it looked more like a Vox video and less like, uh, local TV news? It’s worth a try, according to a report released by Shorenstein and Northeastern this week. The authors suggest that local TV stations “remix” their hard news offerings by borrowing tactics from digital-native publications — incorporating animation and historical video, for instance. A limited test of these remixed videos suggested that the technique was effective — although it doesn’t fix the problem that TV ownership is declining. People over 50 are much more likely to watch local TV news than younger people. Pew reported last year that 28 percent of 30- to 49-year-olds say they “often” get news from local TV; just 18 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said the same thing. Mike Beaudet, John Wihbey, and their team at Northeastern watched hundreds of hours of
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Michelle Obama Shows Up at the Grammy Awards; Audience Promptly Lose Their Sh*t


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On Sunday, former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards, standing on the stage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and host Alicia Keys. The audience lost their collective sh*t. “From the Motown records I wore out on the south side,” Obama said, as the audience erupted into thunderous applause. She continued on: “To the Who Run the World songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story and I know that’s true for everybody here. Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves share ourselves: Our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys.” She added: “Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right, ladies?” Here are some of the reactions from the auditorium.

Vox.com tries a membership program, with a twist: It’s focused on video and entirely on YouTube


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Would you pay an extra $5 a month to attend a quarterly meeting over Google Hangouts? Not “$5 a month to skip a meeting.” “$5 to have the privilege of attending a meeting.” Well, it turns out, plenty of Vox.com video lovers would. When you sign up for a Vox Video Lab membership, you can choose between two different price levels. For $4.99 per month, you get the “DVD extras” of Vox videos: behind-the-scenes content, videos explaining Vox’s process, recommendations for non-Vox videos, and a monthly live Q&A with a producer. For $9.99 a month, you get all that plus…access to a quarterly Google Hangout where they can give Vox more advice about its membership program.

CNN Airs Harrowing Footage of ISIS-Claimed Suicide Bombing in Syria That Left American Casualties


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The aftermath of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. - A suicide attack targeting US-led coalition forces in the flashpoint northern Syrian city of Manbij Manbij, Syria is a U.S. patrolled city in Syria. But the comparative order of the city was shaken on Wednesday by a deadly suicide bombing, for which ISIS has claimed credit. Purported footage showing the moment of that attack was released on Twitter and aired by CNN not long after the news broke (below) There is no official toll, but most press reports, citing a war monitor, put the deaths between 16 and 19. The Department of Defense has not released a statement on Americans killed or injured, but Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed on Twitter that Americans are among the dead. Inherent Resolve is the U.S.-lead Coalition fighting ISIS in Syria. Most press reports state that two or four Americans were killed, with possibly others injured.

WATCH: Sky Above New York City Turns Teal Blue Following Explosion at Power Plant


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Shortly after 9 pm on Thursday, the skies above Queens turned an eerie blue and power flickered in the New York City borough. An explosion was also seen in the skyline above. Locals posted pictures of the explosion and the teal blue sky. The explosion also caused a power outage at busy LaGuardia Airport and reportedly brought the airport to a grinding halt during the busy holiday travel season.

VIDEO: Indonesian Tsunami Caused by Volcanic Eruption Strikes Stage as Band Performs Live


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Hundreds have been killed and many more injured or unaccounted for on Sunday after a tsunami set off by a volcanic eruption washed over Indonesia. Among those killed were members of a band, and the audience, featured in a video clip that has spread across the internet. Anak Krakatau, or “Child of Krakatoa” is an infamous volcanic island formed in the aftermath of the world-shaking eruption of Krakatoa in the 19th century. When it blew this weekend, the landslides and eruption unleashed the tsunami. The Indonesian pop band “Seventeen” was performing at an event in Pandeglang on the island of Java in Indonesia at the time the wave struck. The dramatic video below shows the moment of the strike, as the band is on stage and the audience is caught up in the show, all not knowing the devastation was incoming. WARNING: This video shows the moment of a
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LeBron James Takes NFL Owners to Task: ‘A Bunch of Old White Men’ With ‘Slave Mentality’


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On The Shop, which aired on HBO on Friday, celebrated NBA star LeBron James called NFL owners “a bunch of old white men.” He also accused them of having a “slave mentality.” “In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said during the show which also included Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and others.  “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.’ ” He then contrasted the NFL owners behavior to that of the NBA commissioner. “It doesn’t even matter if Adam [Silver] agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out,” James stressed. “As long as we are doing it in a very educational, non-violent way, then he’s absolutely okay Continue reading "LeBron James Takes NFL Owners to Task: ‘A Bunch of Old White Men’ With ‘Slave Mentality’"

Don Lemon Plays 1999 CNN Video of Trump Bragging ‘Nobody’ Knows More About Campaign Finance Than Him


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At the top of his 10 pm show on Wednesday, CNN’s Don Lemon played an unearthed video of President Donald Trump claiming no one knew more about campaign finance than he did. “I wouldn’t run if I didn’t think I could win the election,” Trump says in the 1999 video. “I wouldn’t run just to get 21% of the vote and say, I got more votes than anybody. It wouldn’t do it for me.” “How about campaign finance reform?” Larry King then asks. “I think nobody knows more about campaign finance than I do because I’m the biggest contributor,” Trump replies in the vintage vid. “Ruh-roh,” Lemon said after the tape cut off. “Nobody knows more about campaign finance than me. Sounds like Donald Trump knows plenty about campaign finance, a fact that could certainly backfire on him. There’s always a tape or a tweet for everything. Did you Continue reading "Don Lemon Plays 1999 CNN Video of Trump Bragging ‘Nobody’ Knows More About Campaign Finance Than Him"

WATCH: Hellish Video Shows One Man’s Drive to Escape California Wildfires


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Video has emerged of a man’s drive through a hellish landscape as he fled the California wildfires. The video was uploaded by KTVU reporter Alex Savidge and shows a dashcam view of Colton Percifield‘s perilous journey through flames, falling trees and flying fireballs. Journalist Brian Schnee of KTVL also posted a dashcam video by Brynn Parrott Chatfield showing flames on either side of the road and a reddened sky.

Trump, Asked by Reporter If Soros Is Funding the Caravan, Says ‘I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’


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Speaking outside the White House on Wednesday, President Donald Trump refused to rule out the possibility that George Soros might be behind the migrant caravan. Trump was first asked if he thought someone was funding the caravan. “I wouldn’t be surprised,” Trump replied. “George Soros?” a reporter pressed. “I don’t know who, but I wouldn’t be surprised,” Trump continued on. “A lot of people say yes.” A “lot of people” includes Fox News folks like Lou Dobbs and Laura Ingraham, as well as pro-Trump Congressman Matt Gaetz who tweeted out this: The conspiracy theory — which apparently dates back to March — may also have Continue reading "Trump, Asked by Reporter If Soros Is Funding the Caravan, Says ‘I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’"

New York Times and chill: With a new video series, the paper pushes for binge-watching


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“Binge-watch” and “The New York Times” might not immediately seem to go together. But this week the paper launched the second season of Conception, an animated video series aimed at parents, and binge-watching a few episodes is in fact exactly what the team hopes you’ll do. Each of the six episodes of the second season of Conception is about four minutes long and focuses on the trickiness of parenting in 2018: “What is it like to parent in the context of major cultural, social and political shifts, such as #MeToo, the immigration discussion, the opioid crisis and the gun debate? How do we raise children in a world that already sees them — and you — in a certain way?” The format of each episode is the same: One parent’s story, in their own words and voice, told over animation. Here, for instance, is “Why I Won’t Continue reading "New York Times and chill: With a new video series, the paper pushes for binge-watching"

Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?


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“It will probably be all video.” In June 2016, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, spent several minutes of a panel at a Fortune conference talking about how Facebook was witnessing video overtake text. “We’re seeing a year-on-year decline on text,” Mendelsohn answered. “We’re seeing a massive increase, as I’ve said, on both pictures and video. So I think, yeah, if I was having a bet, I would say: Video, video, video.” “Wow,” the moderator, Pattie Sellers, responded. “The best way to tell stories, in this world where so much information is coming at us, actually is video,” Mendelsohn continued. “It commands so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually, the trend helps us to digest more of the information, in a quicker way.” “Five years to all video” wasn’t just Mendelsohn’s line — it came from
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Orrin Hatch Snaps at Female Kavanaugh Protester: ‘When You Grow Up, I’ll be Ready’


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Sen. Orrin Hatch was not exactly thrilled when he was confronted by a group of protesters as he entered an elevator on Thursday. In fact, he shooed them away and told them to grow up. On Thursday, protesters angry about the upcoming Brett Kavanaugh vote descended on Capitol Hill, resulting in arrests. They also cornered Hatch in an elevator, not unlike the moment when other protesters cornered Sen. Jeff Flake days before. However, while Flake’s elevator confrontation helped lead to the FBI Kavanaugh probe, Hatch was simply not in the mood for the elevator interruption. “Why aren’t you brave enough to talk to us?” one woman is heard asking Hatch as he enters the elevator. Hatch shoos them away. “Don’t Continue reading "Orrin Hatch Snaps at Female Kavanaugh Protester: ‘When You Grow Up, I’ll be Ready’"

Matt Damon Kills It as Beer-Bro Brett Kavanaugh in SNL Cold Open


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The 44th season of Saturday Night Live started off with a bang with a star-studded cold open featuring Matt Damon as a beer-bro styled Brett Kavanaugh. The topic of beer weighed heavily into the epic open as alternately angry and weepy Kavanaugh was questioned by a cast of Senators and Rachel Mitchell, as played by Aidy Bryant. “I am a keg is half full kind of guy,” the SNL Kavanaugh said at one point before moving to a tearful account of his “beautiful” calendars. He also said this when questioned by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, as played by Rachel Dratch: “I was the proudest, drunkest virgin you’ve ever seen.”

The supporting cast also stood out. At one point, Bryant’s Mitchell announced,  “I am mostly here for Twitter.” SNL’s Kate McKinnon, yet again taking on a southern conservative, took on a fired up Sen. Lindsey Graham. “This is Continue reading "Matt Damon Kills It as Beer-Bro Brett Kavanaugh in SNL Cold Open"

Watch Trump Repeatedly Interrupt Female Reporter After She Questions Him About Message He’s Sending to Women


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During a rare solo press conference from New York City on Wednesday, President Donald Trump was asked by Sky News reporter Hannah Thomas-Peter about the message that it was sending women when he referred to the Kavanaugh accusations as a “con job.” Trump responded by repeatedly interrupting the reporter and mansplaining the meaning of “con job.” It all started when Trump first identified the female reporter as “the one that was nodding with every nice thing I said.” She replied it was a habit of hers. Then, the reporter asked this: “Are you at all concerned at the message that is being sent to the women who are watching this when you use language like ‘con job’ in relation to allegations of sexual assault?” “That’s like probably the nicest phrase I’ve ever used. I mean, con job. it is. It’s a con job,” he said, seemingly Continue reading "Watch Trump Repeatedly Interrupt Female Reporter After She Questions Him About Message He’s Sending to Women"

WATCH: Pompeo Responds to NY Times Rosenstein Bombshell


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In an interview set to air on Sunday on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, anchor Chris Wallace asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the New York Times bombshell claiming Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein considered secretly recording President Donald Trump and recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein has issued two statements disputing the Times report. Responding to a question about the explosive Times claims, Pompeo said this in the preview clip: “Chris, I’m not going to comment on that in any way, other than to say this: I’ve been pretty clear since my beginning of service here in this administration, if you can’t be on the team, if you’re not supporting this mission, then maybe you just ought to find something else to do. I’ve told that to my senior colleagues, I’ve told it to junior folks Continue reading "WATCH: Pompeo Responds to NY Times Rosenstein Bombshell"

WATCH: Trump Vows to Get Rid of ‘Lingering Stench’ at Department of Justice


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During a rally in Springfield, Missouri on Friday, President Donald Trump praised Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and took aim at the “lingering stench” in the Department of Justice. After calling Kavanaugh — who is facing an allegation of sexual misconduct while he was a teen — “a fantastic man” who was born for the Supreme Court during a riff on Sen. Claire McCaskill, Trump told the raucous rally crowd that while “we have great people in the Department of Justice,” there are “some real bad ones” too. “You’ve seen what’s happened at the FBI. They’re all gone,” Trump said. “They’re all gone. They’re all gone. But there’s a lingering stench we’re going to get rid of that, too.” Trump did not mention Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by name. However, Trump’s comments come on the same day as an explosive New York Times report claiming Rosenstein once suggested Continue reading "WATCH: Trump Vows to Get Rid of ‘Lingering Stench’ at Department of Justice"

WATCH: Transformer Explodes Dangerously Close to Fox Business Reporter During Live Shot


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Fox Business reporter Jeff Flock was reporting for Fox & Friends from Carolina Beach, NC earlier on Friday when transformers kept exploding perilously close to him and his camera crew. “Whoa, you just saw that flash maybe of another transformer,” he said, continuing to report on the dangerous hurricane. “I’ll tell you, that’s the scary part.” Struggling to stand in the heavy winds and rain, Flock kept reporting on how the conditions in North Carolina could last for a while. That’s when the sky lit up again. “That’s another one,” Flock said as he continued to be battered by the storm. He added: “That’s one’s fairly close.” Flock was not the only correspondent braving the extremes to report on the deadly storm battering the North Carolina coast. Steve Harrigan could also barely stand during his report from North Carolina. “This is very much a wind event still, and Continue reading "WATCH: Transformer Explodes Dangerously Close to Fox Business Reporter During Live Shot"

WATCH: Elton John Pays Tribute to Mac Miller During Opening Show of Farewell Tour


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On Saturday, Elton John dedicated the song Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me to Mac Miller. Speaking from the stage during a concert in Allentown, Pennsylvania, John said, “I’d like to dedicate this song to Mac Miller.” He continued on, according to the Herald-Mail Media, “Unbelievably, 26 years of age, and passed away yesterday. It’s inconceivable that someone so young, and with so much talent, could do that. And I just would like to pass all of our love and best wishes to his loved ones, his family, his friends. And Mac, wherever you are, I hope you’re happy now.” Rapper Mac Miller died on September 7 in California from an apparent drug overdose. Watch John’s tribute above [image via screengrab]

WATCH: Serena Williams Has Explosive Confrontation With Umpire at US Open, Twitter Melts Down


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On Saturday, Serena Williams did not exactly take kindly to a rule violation during the second set of the U.S. Open women’s singles final on Saturday. And the resulting confrontation with the chair umpire turned into one of the wildest moments in tennis history. Williams was playing Naomi Osaka when the chair umpire said she received illegal coaching. Williams was assessed a code violation and given a warning. Moments later, Williams smashed her racket — resulting in a second violation, which resulted in the automatic loss of a point. “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know,” snapped back at the umpire. After being docked a game, Williams said: “That’s not right. That’s not right. You know my character.” Williams then called the umpire, Carlos Ramos of Portugal, a “thief” for penalizing her a point. After this remark — the chair ump took the unfathomable Continue reading "WATCH: Serena Williams Has Explosive Confrontation With Umpire at US Open, Twitter Melts Down"