John White here for NewsBeat Social’s newsroom weekly update.
We’re in the dog days of summer here on the west coast of the U.S., but that hasn’t slowed the ongoing news cycle or NBS. We are bustling with the kickoff of the Rio games, honing the focus of our original reporting, and finally executing our first Facebook Live broadcast!
Human Interest in Rio
As a viewer of NewsBeat Social, you know we report news of all topics from all over the world. With the Rio games, there is virtually endless information available between upcoming events, results, and statistical achievement. Here at NBS, outside of rehashing event results that are readily available elsewhere, we’ve focused our news gathering on the human triumph and heartbreak that come with competing on a global stage.
This week I’d like to highlight a report on the youngest athlete participating in this year’s Games. Gaurika Singh from Nepal is just 13-years-old. She competed in the women’s 100 meter backstroke on Aug. 8, and while she didn’t qualify for the next round, she’s considered a hero in her country after surviving last year’s devastating earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people. Here’s our report on Gaurika, which has received more than 300,000 views on Facebook.
Nepal, like the Philippines mentioned in last week’s update, is a developing nation with a quickly growing presence, and reliance, on social media. After last year’s earthquake, social media played an important role in the ability of those affected and those looking to help, connect, execute rescue missions and begin rebuilding. The Nepalese, like all others with limited access to mainstream news, deserve to be informed. The engagement surrounding our report about Gaurika further validates our mission of bringing fact-intensive news reporting to the world.
This week I’d like to share with you an original NBS report about a hero. Now, not all heroes wear capes, instead, this one wears a collar. Hooch, a tongueless dog rescued by Marley’s Mutts in Southern California, is one of eight finalists for this year’s American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Working toward bringing our audience more engaging and original content, Molly interviewed the founder of Marley’s Mutts, Zach Skow, via Skype, to learn more about Hooch’s story. Here’s the report, which has been viewed more than 100,000 times.
As we receive access to more resources and build out our team across the world, expect to see more original reporting from NBS.
Launching Facebook Live
After a couple weeks of preparation, the NBS newsroom launched its first Facebook Live video today! Our format consisted of anchors Chad and Molly announcing the launch from our Portland, Oregon HQ newsroom. We are happy with the launch as the video quickly garnered thousands of video views and reactions from fans. We plan on sticking to our one-minute news format while broadcasting, so stay tuned to see more Facebook Live snippets providing insight into our video reporting and newsroom. Watch the first broadcast here:
Thank you for watching NewsBeat Social,
John White, Newsroom Leader