Poynter and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Announce 2017 Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

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The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will once again offer a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train the best and brightest journalists of color working in digital media.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The academy, offered to 25 participants, will take place Dec. 3-8, 2017, at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tuition is free, thanks to the generous support of the program’s naming sponsor, TEGNA Foundation, with additional funding from The New York Times. To learn more and apply, go to https://poy.nu/digitalmedia17.

Featuring prominent leaders in the startup, tech and media fields, faculty will be led by Mizell Stewart III, vice president of news operations for the USA TODAY Network, and Ju-Don Marshall, a digital media strategist and chief content officer, WFAE-FM, the NPR station in Charlotte, N.C. They will be joined by nabj President Sarah Glover, social media editor for NBC Owned Television Stations; Rashida Jones, Senior Vice President of Specials for NBC News; Russ Torres, vice president, digital video content and strategy, USA TODAY Network; Benét Wilson, founder and editor-in-chief, Aviation Queen LLC; Tim Wong, senior director, UX and design, USA TODAY Network; and Amanda Zamora; chief audience officer, Texas Tribune.

This intensive, tuition-free program will address the unique issues journalists of color face on the path to leadership in digital journalism and technology organizations. It combines the efforts of the global leader in journalism education, The Poynter Institute, and the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, NABJ, to promote diversity in newsrooms and create cutting-edge opportunities for career development.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with The Poynter Institute for a second year so we can expand the pool of minority leaders in the digital journalism space,” said nabj President Sarah Glover. “With the exponential growth of technologies and digital strategies, we value the training that will put these leaders at the front edge of the future of journalism.”

The Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media will include guidance on navigating newsroom culture, leadership styles, emerging technologies, the business of journalism and audience engagement, as well as networking and one-on-one coaching. Poynter and nabj will collaborate closely to build an interactive, agile curriculum for the next generation of leaders. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 18.

“This program is designed to prepare the best young and mid-career journalists of today to lead tomorrow’s news organizations,” Poynter Vice President Kelly McBride said. “nabj is a great partner, helping us identify the best curriculum to make the participants successful.”

The Poynter-nabj program builds upon the dynamic Poynter Leadership Academy for Women, which has offered training to the best and the brightest women in digital media in the last three years.

Poynter and nabj are seeking additional funding from media and technology companies, foundations and academic institutions to support this transformative learning experience.

For more information on providing financial support, please contact Elisa Jackson, executive director of the Poynter Foundation, at ejackson@poynter.org or nabj President Sarah Glover at nabjpresident21@gmail.com.

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RAPPER LIL UZI VERT UPCOMING PITTSBURGH CONCERT TO PROVIDE SAFETY OVER MAJOR JUMP INTO CROWDS

rfocus.orgRAPPER LIL UZI VERT UPCOMING PITTSBURGH CONCERT TO PROVIDE SAFETY OVER MAJOR JUMP INTO CROWDSWashington, PA– LiL Uzi Vert, the Leapin’ Lizzard Artist of Hip Hop, will be performing his extraordinary feats – practically flying into the crowd on June 10, 2017, at a major concert at the Wild Things Park in this Pittsburgh suburb. But the audience need not fear: extra security will be on hand, protecting all concert goers, even from someone who defies gravity. The audience is being advised that the Philly Rapper might be joining them in their seats. So be prepared, as they might be catching him.During the Rolling Loud Music Festival in Miami, Florida last month, Lil Uzi Vert made international headlines again by jumping over 20 feet into the air into the crowd. He was doing his hit song ”Money Longer” for fans then climbed high for his leap.The rapper made a hit before in Austin, Texas at the annual JMBLYA festival. Lil Uzi Vert climbed on the side of the stage and got the 25,000 that attended the hip hop music concert wild by making a jump. Fans went crazy.Uzi turns into an Evil Knievel, the one-time dare-devil who, atop a motorcycle, crossed rivers and valleys across the country. While not on any ‘cycle’, Uzi jumps into crowds, who catch him.The summer concert season will be kicked off in Washington, Pennslyvania, a Pittsburgh suburb, with Rick Ross and LiL Uzi Vert on June 10, 2017 at Wild Things Stadium. They have invited local hip hop music artists in the community to join the event.Pittsburgh is only 30 miles from Washington, Pa. More than 5,000 people will be attending.Romel Marcus, prime organizer of the concert and an owner RNN Entertainment, said, “We are honored to have Uzi perform and we know the fans will enjoy his unique talents and his singing. We know that all of our concert-goers will be safe during all of the performances. We have backed up our security procedures and are confident the event will be a pleasurable experience for all.”Born Symere Woods, the artist gained national recognition after releasing his debut single, “Money Longer,” and several mix tapes, including “Luv Is Rage,” “Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World,” and “The Perfect Luv Tape.”

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Steve Harvey Turned $50 into $50 Million Doing One Damn Thing

Steve Harvey’s Harsh Memo to Former Chicago Staff Could have Current On-Air Team Imodium Dependent

rfocus.orgI was going to hold off on this story because so many other sites are running it and bashing Steve for his arrogance.As many of you know I am not a big fan of The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Out of all the syndicated shows on Black radio, his show is the hardest to listen to because of Steve’s broadcast communication defects and complete non-radio approach. To be honest, I’ve heard better podcasts from people who have never been on the radio but there is an audience for Steve, obviously, so it is what it is and God bless em. A memo that he sent to staff in Chicago, a majority of which or all of whom he terminated for his move to LA with little warning backfired when one of them released the memo to Chicago journalist Robert Feder. In all fairness, several of Harvey’s points are valid but we also don’t know how the staff perceived him overall.I’m predicting a couple of the heads on the current radio morning show will roll as I have heard many complaints about too many people on the new show and if Steve is like this to his off-air staff … the on-air staff must REALLY be walking on eggshells and having multiple bowel breaks. This type of amped arrogance has to be stressful for the people who have to deal with it. No doubt Harvey is surrounded by a plethora of glute suckers and everybody is afraid to tell him to ‘STFU Mr. Dentures!’A memo that he sent to his staff in Chicago, a majority of which or all of whom he terminated for his move to LA with little warning, backfired when one of them released the memo to the press. Harvey’s requests are quite harsh and full of arrogance and lead-singer-divatry but at least he starts the memo off nice.Good morning, everyone. Welcome back.I’d like you all to review and adhere to the following notes and rules for Season 5 of my talk show.There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE.Do not come to my dressing room unless invited.Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED.My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me.I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff.You must schedule an appointment.I have been taken advantage of by my lenient policy in the past. This ends now. NO MORE.Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly. Either knock or use the doorbell.I am seeking more free time for me throughout the day.Do not wait in any hallway to speak to me. I hate being ambushed. Please make an appointment.I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me.If you’re reading this, yes, I mean you.Everyone, do not take offense to the new way of doing business. It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment.Thank you all,Steve HarveyYes, this is bad. Extreme to say the least. Creates a hostile working environment when you’re afraid to talk to the host of the show. “Personal life and enjoyment” or WORK! Who cares about his personal life when a job has to be done.

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Steve Harvey Turned $50 into $50 Million Doing One Damn Thing

Steve Harvey's Harsh Memo to Former Chicago Staff Could have Current On-Air Team Imodium Dependent

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I was going to hold off on this story because so many other sites are running it and bashing Steve for his arrogance.
As many of you know I am not a big fan of The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Out of all the syndicated shows on Black radio, his show is the hardest to listen to because of Steve’s broadcast communication defects and complete non-radio approach. To be honest, I’ve heard better podcasts from people who have never been on the radio but there is an audience for Steve, obviously, so it is what it is and God bless em. A memo that he sent to staff in Chicago, a majority of which or all of whom he terminated for his move to LA with little warning backfired when one of them released the memo to Chicago journalist Robert Feder. In all fairness, several of Harvey’s points are valid but we also don’t know how the staff perceived him overall.
I’m predicting a couple of the heads on the current radio morning show will roll as I have heard many complaints about too many people on the new show and if Steve is like this to his off-air staff … the on-air staff must REALLY be walking on eggshells and having multiple bowel breaks. This type of amped arrogance has to be stressful for the people who have to deal with it. No doubt Harvey is surrounded by a plethora of glute suckers and everybody is afraid to tell him to ‘STFU Mr. Dentures!’
A memo that he sent to his staff in Chicago, a majority of which or all of whom he terminated for his move to LA with little warning, backfired when one of them released the memo to the press. Harvey’s requests are quite harsh and full of arrogance and lead-singer-divatry but at least he starts the memo off nice.
Good morning, everyone. Welcome back.
I’d like you all to review and adhere to the following notes and rules for Season 5 of my talk show.
There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE.
Do not come to my dressing room unless invited.
Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED.
My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me.
I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff.
You must schedule an appointment.
I have been taken advantage of by my lenient policy in the past. This ends now. NO MORE.
Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly. Either knock or use the doorbell.
I am seeking more free time for me throughout the day.
Do not wait in any hallway to speak to me. I hate being ambushed. Please make an appointment.
I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me.
If you’re reading this, yes, I mean you.
Everyone, do not take offense to the new way of doing business. It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment.
Thank you all,
Steve Harvey
Yes, this is bad. Extreme to say the least. Creates a hostile working environment when you’re afraid to talk to the host of the show. “Personal life and enjoyment” or WORK! Who cares about his personal life when a job has to be done.

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Throwback Hip Hop Station Makes Debut in Detroit

Radio Facts: THEBOUNCEGreater Media has officially unveiled the All New 105.1 The Bounce… Detroit’s Throwback Hip Hop and R&B! 105.1 The Bounce features throwback hip hop music and R&B songs from the 90’s and 2000’s, including artists that span from 2Pac and Ice Cube to Drake and Rihanna.The station officially kicked off the new format Friday at noon by unveiling the first of 10,000 songs in a row. The new on-air line-up will be announced in the near future.“Greater Media is thrilled to unveil this fun and unique new format in the Motor City,” said Vice President and Market Manager Steve Chessare. “We look forward to providing a fun, fresh new sound featuring some of the best throwback hip hop music and R&B sounds over the past for our listeners to enjoy!”“We’re thrilled that our great Detroit cluster is adding a new brand for our audience and our customers,” said Greater Media Senior Vice President of Program Development Buzz Knight.

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Bounce TV Introduces its First Primetime News Show

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Bounce TV announced today that production has commenced on Ed Gordon, the network's first entry into the primetime news magazine format, and the show's premiere date has been scheduled for Tues. Sept. 13 at 10:00 p.m. (ET).For more information, visit BounceTV.com. (PRNewsFoto/Bounce TV)
Bounce TV announced today that production has commenced on Ed Gordon, the network’s first entry into the primetime news magazine format, and the show’s premiere date has been scheduled for Tues. Sept. 13 at 10:00 p.m. (ET).For more information, visit BounceTV.com. (PRNewsFoto/Bounce TV)

Bounce TV announced that production has commenced on Ed Gordon, the network’s first entry into the primetime news magazine format, and the show’s premiere date has been scheduled for Tues. Sept. 13 at 10:00 p.m. (ET).Multiple award-winning and well-respected television journalist Ed Gordon will produce and host the series of one-hour specials in which he’ll sit down for revealing interviews with top headline makers, entertainers and pop cultural figures. Ed Gordon will also include investigative pieces, celebrity profiles, current event segments and human interest feature stories.”From President Obama to Louis Farrakhan, from Beyoncé to O.J. Simpson, Ed is a trusted confidante of African-American newsmakers who define our culture. His insightful reporting and courageous storytelling make him the perfect journalist to shepherd our first news magazine show,” said Ri-Karlo Handy, Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Bounce TV.Gordon commented, “We are going to produce the kind of program I have always wanted to do. We’ll provide perspective and give our audience a more complete picture of the major issues. I’ll be able to talk one-on-one with the day’s newsmakers and celebrities and get them to open up. That’s always a challenge and something the audience has come to expect from me. At the same time, we will also tell a wide variety of stories that are rarely presented on television. I’m extremely excited about our new show and thrilled to be joining Bounce TV.”Gordon has been a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes, The Today Show and Dateline NBC, the host of “News and Notes with Ed Gordon” on NPR, anchorman for BET and is a weekly contributor to the national Steve Harvey Radio Show. He is also the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.Bounce TV is the fastest-growing African-American (AA) network on television and airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage. The network features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more. Among the founders of Bounce TV are iconic American figures Martin Luther King, III and Ambassador Andrew Young. For more information, visit BounceTV.com.

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Westwood One Offers Local Stations Increased ROI for Content

Westwood One Offers Local Stations Increased ROI and Near Real-Time Publishing for Content and Endorsements

Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers audio products to reach listeners whenever, wherever they are. (PRNewsFoto/Veritone)
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers audio products to reach listeners whenever, wherever they are. (PRNewsFoto/Veritone)

Veritone has created the world’s first Cognitive Media Platform (CMP) – an open technology platform that enables software developers, businesses, and content owners to programmatically analyze public or private media to gain valuable insights, make decisions and take action-actions that increase revenue, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance customer experiences. Veritone optimizes the deployment of a portfolio of cognitive engines (such as natural language processing, speech recognition, sentiment analysis, facial recognition, object detection & classification, attribution, fingerprinting) and correlates the data derived from these engines with any third party data set to enhance understanding, formulate predictions, and optimize actions. Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers audio products to reach listeners whenever, wherever they are. Veritone has created the world’s first Cognitive Media Platform (CMP) – an open technology platform that enables software developers, businesses, and content owners to programmatically analyze public or private media to gain valuable insights, make …NEW YORK, June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Westwood One has introduced a new service for local radio stations which allows them to optimize ROI, increase market share, increase revenue, and improve accountability. Veritone…powered by Westwood One — a partnership between Westwood One and Veritone Media — is a cloud-based cognitive audio platform that automates the capture and tagging of content and live read endorsements, making them accessible to advertisers in near real-time. Veritone…powered by Westwood One also provides digital amplification across search and social media and extends the reach of podcasts, on-demand audio, streaming, and website content.The Veritone…powered by Westwood One user-friendly platform provides a dashboard to access all of a station’s programming – captured to the cloud – that is transcribed to text, searchable, and sharable with a one-click audio link and audience metrics.”Veritone is one of the most innovative companies in the radio industry,” said Charles Steinhauer, COO Westwood One. “This partnership will allow our affiliates the ability to make voiced reads for advertisers, in-program interviews, commercial audio, and native brand mentions searchable. This is huge.”Ryan Steelberg, President of Veritone Media, said, “Veritone’s Cognitive Media Platform (CMP) provides a unified cloud-based solution available for broadcasters and media firms to Capture, Index, Search & Discover, as well as Share & Extend broadcast and digital content. The platform was specifically architected to fully empower the entire organization with near Real-Time intelligence, from sales and programming to administration.”Stations interested in learning more about Veritone…powered by Westwood One, can contact Todd Alan at TAlan@westwoodone.com or (212) 735-1107.About VeritoneVeritone developed the world’s first Cognitive Media Platform (CMP). The company is transforming the passive cloud into an active intelligence ecosystem for developers, businesses and content owners to collaborate and effectively leverage the insights revealed in audio and video streams. Visit us at www.veritone.com.About Westwood OneWestwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers audio products to reach listeners whenever, wherever they are. Westwood One is a trusted connection between audio companies, advertisers, and audience — with 8,200 broadcast radio stations and media partners who reach 245 million weekly listeners. The company’s portfolio features premium content with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.

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NEILSEN: More than 90% of African Americans Listen to Radio Each Week...

NEILSEN: More than 90% of African Americans Listen to Radio Each Week…

Car_dashboard_with_MEX-BT2500_head_unit_and_BCT-15_radio_scanner_installed_and_illuminatedRadio is a constant in our daily lives and the average American radio listener tunes in to radio over two hours per day. Interestingly, audio reaches a plateau in the morning hours, peaking around noon and then staying fairly constant through the day before tapering off as people start their evening. In addition we know that people who listen to a lot of radio also spend time with online radio, most prevalently the millennials. Morning commutes, listening “on the go” during the day as well as the much-anticipated evening commute, create the daily view of time spent one might expect. In fact we see that between the morning hours and early evening hours, roughly two-thirds of audio listening comes from out-of-home tuning. The hyper local nature of audio offers advertisers community-level engagement between content and in-store activity – radio catches you right before you shop and make purchase decisions. As we continue to take a close look at the similarities and differences between radio listeners, digital consumers and television viewers we keep building to that total view of daily media consumption. Is the composition of the audio audience more like the online and mobile audience or more like the traditional television viewer? For years, we’ve shared insights into the expanding pie of media consumption. Radio listeners prove that there are always more ways to reach and inform motivated customers and more than one way to slice that data… see the entire report here> The-Cross-Platform-Report-A-Look-Across-Media-3Q2013 <

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Bishop Noel Jones Hospitalized 2

Bishop Noel Jones Hospitalized

The honorable Bishop Noel JonesBishop Noel Jones has been released from the hospital citing back and heart problems. His doctor told him to take it light but Jones insisted on preaching this past Sunday. Jones is said to be under immense pressure from the black church community about the show Preachers of LA.  The concept has not set too well with black churchgoers who feel the show is revealing TOO much about what goes on behind the scenes. Our question to the church people is why can’t we see that? We actually enjoy the show so far. We wish Bishop Jones well and we will keep you posted.

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