Sunday, October 19

Is the media scaring us to death over Ebola? Former CNN president Jon Klein on Nielsen's TV ratings glitch; James Risen on how the crackdown on whistleblowers affects reporting.

Is the media scaring us to death over Ebola? Former CNN president Jon Klein on Nielsen's TV ratings glitch; James Risen on how the crackdown on whistleblowers affects reporting.

March 30th, 2014
01:22 PM ET

Flight 370 and the business of news

The Atlantic’s James Fallows and Andrew Beaujon of the Poynter Institute join Brian Stelter with their take on media lessons learned from three weeks of missing plane coverage.

March 30th, 2014
01:22 PM ET

Is there such a thing as too much plane news?

Too much plane coverage? Some people say yes. But a recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that "most Americans do not feel there has been too much coverage of the missing jetliner."

On Sunday's "Reliable Sources," Alan Murray, president of the Pew Research Center, discussed the survey as well as Pew's annual “State of the News Media” report. The report's headline: signs of hope for the beleaguered news business. You can read the full report here.

March 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET

Flight 370: Managing the message

How should corporations like Malaysia Airlines manage the flow of information to the media and public while protecting their image? Veteran crisis communications specialist Carreen Winters joins us on "Reliable Sources" with her take.

March 30th, 2014
01:19 PM ET

Grading media coverage of Obamacare

The White House hit a milestone recently after reaching its goal to enroll 6 million people for health insurance - but how have journalists covered the highs and lows of the Obamacare rollout? Health care policy and political reporters Elise Viebeck and Sarah Kliff join us on "Reliable Sources" to discuss.


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March 30th, 2014
01:09 PM ET

Bloomberg editor quits after story spiked

Video from Sunday's "Reliable Sources:" Ex-Bloomberg editor Ben Richardson tells Brian Stelter why he decided to leave the company in response to the spiking of a story about hidden financial ties between the families of Chinese officials and a wealthy businessman. A spokesman for Bloomberg declined to comment on the story or on Richardson's resignation.


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March 30th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

Web Exclusive: extended interview with former Bloomberg editor Ben Richardson

In this extended "Reliable Sources" interview, Ben Richardson talks to Brian Stelter about the broader journalistic challenges of covering China.

Richardson, a longtime editor at Bloomberg News, recently resigned over what he called the "mishandling" of an investigative story about hidden financial ties between the families of Chinese officials and a wealthy businessman. A spokesman for Bloomberg declined to comment on the story or on Richardson's resignation.


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March 30th, 2014
10:20 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

Good morning! With Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 still the top story on CNN and elsewhere, what lessons have we learned about the media in these last three weeks of missing plane coverage? And what lessons have news organizations learned? I'll ask two guests at the very top of this week's "Reliable Sources:" James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and Andrew Beaujon, a media reporter and blogger at Poynter.

I'll also ask Alan Murray, the president of the Pew Research Center, about this Pew survey that showed about 60 percent of people feel news organizations are providing the proper amount of plane coverage - or not enough. About 33 percent said there's been too much coverage. Murray will also discuss the findings from this year's State of the News Media report by Pew.

I've also invited an expert in crisis communications and reputation management, Carreen Winters, to discuss Malaysia Airlines' P.R. missteps in the days and weeks since Flight 370 disappeared. Winters is an executive vice president at MWW Group.

And: this week Ben Richardson became the latest person to leave Bloomberg News in response to the spiking of an investigative story about China. He'll join me from Hong Kong to describe what happened. (Bloomberg has declined to comment on the matter.)

Turning to the week's big political news, I'll ask two of Washington's best health care policy and politics reporters about how the media approaches the Obama administration's health care overhaul, two days before the open enrollment deadline. Elise Viebeck, staff writer at The Hill, and Sarah Kliff, formerly of The Washington Post's Wonkblog and now a senior editor at Vox Media, will both be here in-studio.

Tune in at 11 a.m. Eastern!

–Brian


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Report: Amazon considering free streaming service
March 27th, 2014
08:20 PM ET

Report: Amazon considering free streaming service

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent 

Amazon might be taking a page from television broadcasters as it expands its streaming TV service and commissions more original shows.

Emphasis on the word "might."

The company is planning a free streaming service that could complement the $99-a-year Amazon Prime product that it already has, according to The Wall Street Journal.

A few hours after the report surfaced, though, Amazon seemed to dispute it, telling reporters that "we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service."

The back-and-forth stoked yet more curiosity about Amazon's multimedia plans.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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Pew: Online news organizations have created 5,000 jobs
March 26th, 2014
12:30 AM ET

Pew: Online news organizations have created 5,000 jobs

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

How many reporting jobs have new online news organizations created?

Pew Research Center has tried to put a number on it: 5,000.

The center's annual State of the News Media report, released on Wednesday, includes a first-of-its-kind tally of jobs at 30 big websites, like Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post, and 438 smaller startups.

"In a significant shift in the editorial ecosystem, most of these jobs have been created in the past half dozen years, and many have materialized within the last year alone," write the authors of the 2014 report, who credit the startups with bringing "a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time."

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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March 24th, 2014
07:55 PM ET

Disney to pay at least $500 million for YouTube video maker

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Highlighting Web video's growing value to big media, The Walt Disney Company on Monday said it would acquire Maker Studios for an initial sum of $500 million.

Maker Studios is a leading producer and distributor of short, entertaining videos on YouTube, many of which are geared toward millennials. Its vast array of online channels total 5.5 billion YouTube views per month, according to Maker, which makes it one of the most successful online video companies of its kind.

In effect, Maker has helped create a whole new universe of shows, made for the Web rather than television, and now Disney can learn from them. This is especially important because key Disney demographics — like teenagers — are flocking to YouTube and other online video destinations.

Read more of Brian's article online here.

 

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