Media Insider: Dallas Morning News Makes Millennial-Minded App, CNN to Fly Drones Over People, Twitter Cashes in on Mobile Video

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How the Dallas Morning News Made a Millennial-Minded News App (Digiday)

It’s no secret print publications and newspapers have worried more and more about what’s to come of their product in an increasingly mobile world. Dallas Morning News revamped its app to be graphics-heavy, easy to navigate, and customizable, Digiday reports. And while readership still is small, 60 percent of the app’s users are now under age 34, up from 23 percent pre-redesign, Digiday says.

CNN Can Start Flying Drones Over People (FishbowlDC)

CNN has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration that allows them to fly drones over people, FishbowlDC reports. David Vigilante, CNN svp of legal, said in a statement that the use of unmanned aerial systems has big promise for newsgatherers and news consumers. “The ability to fly over people is a huge step forward, and a necessary one as we cover the news where it happens,” he says.

GateHouse New England Shrinks, Prepares for Reorg (Media Nation)

GateHouse Media New England is shedding about 40 positions through buyouts and layoffs, according to Don Seiffert of the Boston Business Journal. GateHouse owns more than 100 daily and weekly newspapers in Greater Boston and the surrounding area. GateHouse is headquartered in the suburbs of Rochester, New York.

BuzzFeed Regroups as Media Turns Video-Centric (New York Times)

Digital users are no strangers to salivating over at least one of BuzzFeed’s tasty food videos. The company has seen great success from those and other types of shareable entertainment. Still, the company wants to maintain its share of the news industry and is reorganizing into BuzzFeed News and BuzzFeed Entertainment Group, reports Sydney Ember of The New York Times. According to Ember, this is the optimal way for BuzzFeed to compete with other media who have incorporated video into their daily reporting.

Twitter to Share Ad Revenue on Videos by U.S. Users (Reuters)

Grab a smartphone, make a video, and upload it to Twitter for a few bucks. Twitter is cashing in on America’s craze with mobile videos and sharing 70 percent of revenue with any U.S. users who want to participate in the new program, according to Reuters. With Twitter’s new program, similar to one it already has for celebrities and media companies, regular people will have the opportunity to earn additional income, and all it takes is one video upload to Twitter.

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Tabresha B. Langham is a Customer Content Specialist with PR Newswire. She also is a social media enthusiast, foodie, and lover of SEC Football (War Eagle!). Tune into her insights as a social curator at @PRNmedia, or follow @TabreshaL.

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