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Jackson’s WJTV Needs A Creative Services Director

Nexstar’s CBS affiliate in Jackson, Miss., WJTV, is looking for a creative services director.

Jackson (DMA: 95) is the state capital and is the largest metro area in Mississippi, leading the charge for the arts, culinary and cultural progression while holding on to its distinct Southern charm.

As WJTV’s new creative services director, you’ll direct brand strategies and marketing across TV, digital and other video platforms.

You’ll be responsible for the consistent, successful execution of all creative projects from estimation through launch and maintenance.

In addition, you’ll be responsible for the marketing and brand development of Nexstar’s CBS affiliate in Hattiesburg, about 90 miles south, WHLT.

If you’re up for the challenge of running two shops and want to make your mark in one of the biggest broadcast companies in the land, click here to go TVNewsCheck’s Media Job center for more information and directions on how to apply.

You’ll live in a city where more than a quarter of the city’s population is younger than 20.

The average rent in Jackson for a two-bedroom apartment is $766, and the median price for a house is $129,500.

WAFB Rules Social Media In Baton Rouge

Social Scorecard this week shows how WAFB is able to dominate Baton Rouge’s social media actions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the past six months.

Raycom’s CBS affiliate in the Louisiana capital, is first in social media actions in the market over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee.

WAFB ranked No. 1 among members of the DMA (94) while also generating the highest engagement on the top platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

WAFB led on Facebook with over 2.4 million actions, was first on Instagram with almost 34,000 actions, and topped Twitter with almost 150,000 actions.

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WIAT Announces Meteorologists Changes

WIAT, Nexstar’s CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., announced two internal moves for its meteorologists, Ashley Gann and Nate Harrington.

Ashley Gann

Ashley Gann has been named Chief Meteorologist, and will assume her new role by moving to the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Forecasting the weather is Ashley’s passion,” said Rob Martin, WIAT’s news director. “She will stay until the last storm leaves our coverage area.”

Gann is a Storm Spotter certified by the National Weather Service and has taken her training nationwide as a storm chaser.

Gann has always been interested in weather. She says her fascination began when she was five years old and recalls learning about weather science at the Discovery Place in Birmingham.

Nate Harrington

Nate Harrington moves to WIAT’s morning and noon news.

“I’m very excited to join a growing morning show and bring my knowledge and humor to a great atmosphere,” said Harrington.

“I’m confident I can contribute to making our viewers’ mornings informative and fun to watch.”

Harrington is known for his expertise in tracking severe weather and has spent many hours in the field, at the very center of severe weather giving his viewers a unique perspective of weather situations as they unfold in real time.

He covered Hurricane Mathew in 2016 along the Southeast coast. Over five days, Franklin delivered more than 100 live reports for both WIAT and stations across the country.

Regional Murrow Awards Wrap-Up, 9 Markets

I’ve created a monster. Namely, writing about TV stations that won the various regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

I have already shared dozens. But I can’t share all of them.

I do like to spotlight award-winning work, whether it’s news promotion or news coverage examples, as I believe looking at work deemed excellent by a jury of our peers helps everyone improve their craft.

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Graham Media Stations Win 5 Regional Murrow Awards

Graham Media Group TV stations in Detroit, Orlando and Jacksonville earned a total of five Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

“It is especially gratifying to see the hard work and dedication of our local newsrooms recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Emily Barr, Graham’s president.

Region 7, Large Market Television (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)
WDIV Breaking News Coverage
Severe Weather Alert: Record Wind Damage

WDIV Excellence in Writing:
Failure in Flint (show open), Kim Adams Cancer Fight, and Elliot Carter

WDIV Excellence in Sound
What’s Old is New Again

Region 13, Large Market Television, (Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands)
WJXT Breaking News Coverage
Hurricane Irma

WKMG Best Website

KCCI Wins National Award For Feature Reporting

KCCI, Hearst’s CBS affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, earned the national Sigma Delta Chi award for feature reporting.

This award recognizes Eric Hanson’s This is Iowa series which examines Iowans affecting lives in their community.

This is Iowa brings captivating storytelling and visual beauty to people and events that both inspire and entertain.

Those receiving the award are Anchor/Reporter Eric Hanson and Photographers Cortney Kintzer, Glen Biermann and Mike Sims (now retired).

“With so much negative news these days, This is Iowa is a much-needed effort to show all the positive things that Iowans do,” said Dave Busiek, KCCI’s news director.

“Central Iowans give us a lot of opportunities to tell these positive stories, and I’m so proud of Eric and our photography staff for bringing these stories to life.”

The winning entry featured:
• Soldier Surprise during Pella Tulip time
• All in For Jim about the Purple Heart recipient whose town rallied around him
• Small Town Radio with Grandma Perry

Eric Hanson Sigma Delta Chi award Entry from KCCI TV on Vimeo.

Jon Quattlebaum

NOTE: I can’t write a story about feature reporting without thinking of the late, great Jon Quattlebaum.

Jon’s feature reporting for WINK, the CBS affiliate in Ft. Myers, Fla., was the kicker in the 6 o’clock news for years. He was a beloved character in all of Southwest Florida. Jon died in a hiking accident in Phoenix.

Click here to read my tribute to Jon Quattlebaum and see examples of his work.

Here’s a fairly typical story from Q’s Point of View, which is how we branded Jon’s reporting.

Meteorologist Pushes WCNC To Top On Facebook

In this week’s Social Scorecard, learn how WCNC’s meteorologist helped Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., lead on Facebook by almost a million actions.

WCNC is ahead in social media actions in the market over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee.

It has more than 3.5 million actions on social, 26.5% of the total engagement generated by the DMA (No. 23), with more than 13.3 million social actions.

WCNC also leads in actions per post with 226.

WBTV, the CBS affiliate owned by Raycom, led on Instagram with almost 280,000 actions.

iHeartMedia’s WHQC-FM, broadcasting a top-40 contemporary hits format, led on Twitter with more than 184,000 actions.

Matt King

Brad Panovich

Matt King, WCNC’s news director, says success on Facebook is helped significantly by Brad Panovich,the station’s chief meteorologist.

“I believe he has the most followers on social media of any one of our meteorologists in the company. This past weekend we had a tornado warning and the station was No. 1 in CrowdTangle, another station was No. 2 and then Brad was No. 3 individually, beating the rest of the other media outlets.”

King says Panovich often does Facebook Lives from his living room or his office, “that are kind of becoming must-see TV so to speak. He is so popular on social media.”

Hard news does well for high engagement on WCNC’s Facebook, especially when the station has a plan to cover it, like the death of the Rev. Billy Graham.

“We had a playbook or a plan in place for what would happen when we did get conformation,” says King.

“We were the first on Facebook and we went live with our news team on the set and we did special coverage. The engagement numbers on that specific day were through the roof.”

Digital-only coverage of news events is also part of WCNC’s strategy, says King.

“We had an officer funeral here that really touched a lot of people. We were online, digital only, with live shots of people out in the field for hours and people just wanted to be a part of that.”

Amy Lehtonen

Amy Lehtonen, WCNC’s digital director, says the station’s Facebook strategy is focused on the audience.

“We pay attention to the data and we recognize 67% of our Facebook audience is female. So we focus a lot of our Facebook posts around the female audience.”

Here’s an example of a WCNC news story that was tailored for the Facebook audience.

Lehtonen says the kinds of stories that do well on WCNC’s Facebook page are “stories that make people feel good and stories that people are going to care about.”

Like a story about a cat that walked 12 miles to get home.

King says the cat story was the most watched on Facebook among all of the Tegna stations.

Lehtonen says one viewer-generated video had more than 3.3 million views when the station asked for photos/videos of snow in Charlotte.

King says the station pays close attention to the comments users’ post.

“The comments and the discussion that we have will then lead us down a totally completely different path that we weren’t expecting and then two or three other great stories come out of that thread.”

Here are two examples of news stories that aired on WCNC as a result of social listening.

Both King and Lehtonen say their success on Facebook is posting what they think people will share on their feed.

“What are the things that you are gravitating towards when you are scrolling,” says King.

“Whatever it is that all our customers would share on a regular basis, we want to be part of that.”

WFMY Telethons Raise $100K For Tornado Victims

Last week, an EF-2 tornado killed one person, and destroyed homes in Greensboro, N.C., with wind speeds of 135 mph.

Market Share told the story yesterday of how WGHP, the Fox affiliate in High Point, N.C., raised money to help the victims.

WFMY, Tegna’s CBS affiliate in the market, along with the United Way also raised money for the tornado victims, holding two telethons.

The partnership generated more than $100,000.

“The tornado touched down in the same neighborhood where our station is located,” said Bob Kim, WFMY’s marketing director.

“So, we have sent news teams into the fray every day since the disaster occurred, telling the stories of individuals impacted by the storm. The response from the community has been amazing.”

Wells Fargo made the largest donation, contributing $50,000. Many other local businesses made large donations as well, including Maple View Creamery, nOma Foods and Skatetown USA.

WFMY and 50-plus participating organizations will continue to coordinate donations with key drop-off locations near the affected areas in Greensboro and Rockingham county.

“WFMY News 2 launched #2Cares to partner with our community to give and volunteer where the need is greatest,” said Larry Audas, WFMY’s general manager.

“We’re humbled to be part of something bigger than us and all about our neighbors. #2Cares will coordinate relief, support and tangible help until our community is back on its feet.”

WWL Wins Most First-Place AP Awards

WWL, Tegna’s New Orleans CBS affiliate, brought home six first-place awards — the most of any television station in Louisiana — in the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors awards contest.

WWL’s news and investigative journalism claimed the top spot in a variety of categories.

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WBTV Launches Untraditional Newscast At 7:30

Tuesday night at 7:30, Raycom’s CBS affiliate WBTV Charlotte, N.C., launches a half-hour news program that in the station says “should not be mistaken for a traditional newscast.”

On Your Side Tonight With Jamie Boll promises to be a thoughtful, in-depth news program responsive to viewer questions, concerns and curiosities.”

Jamie Boll is an award-winning journalist who has been with WBTV since March 2005. He currently anchors WBTV’s 4 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts, as well as producing investigative and political reporting.

“Reporting the news today demands a very fast pace. But, we also see the need to take a longer look each day at how what’s happening in the news is affecting our community,” said Boll.

“Our goal is to teach ourselves and our viewers something new every night and we’re excited to get going.”

Scott Dempsey

The addition of On Your Side Tonight with Jamie Boll brings the amount of local programming produced by WBTV to 52 hours each week, the most in the Charlotte market, according to the station.

“This shows our commitment to deliver even more quality local journalism produced right here in this community,” said Scott Dempsey, WBTV’s general manager.

“It’s part of our ongoing mission to be available when and where our audience demands.”

On Your Side Tonight With Jamie Boll follows WBTV Primetime, and replaces Access Hollywood, which will air at a different time.