Media Insider: ESPN Sheds On-Air Talent, #EbonyOwes Trends on Twitter, The New York Times Is Now On Snapchat Discover

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

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A Running List of ESPN Layoffs

You may have heard about ESPN’s plans to cut on-air talent. Deadspin’s Kevin Draper has a running list of cuts that are reported or announced by ESPN. Those laid off turned to Twitter to announce the news with bittersweet farewells. Among those cut are SportsCenter anchor Darren Haynes, radio host Robert Lundberg, and ESPNW reporter Jane McManus — to name a few.

ICYMI: CJR gives background on what led to the cuts.

Twitter Wants To Stream Live Video Programming 24/7

Twitter plans to air live video for sports, news, and entertainment 24/7. CFO Anthony Noto said, “Our goal is to be a dependable place so that when you want to see what’s happening, you think of going to Twitter,” reports BuzzFeed. The social platform was recently outbid by Amazon to stream Thursday night NFL games, but it still sees live video as an integral part of its growth and revenue strategy.

Did you know Amazon is also launching a new digital subscription marketplace?

As #EbonyOwes Trends, Writers Wonder if Ebony Magazine Will Ever Pay Up

After an article surfaced by The Establishment, several journalists came forward to share their stories about waiting for payment from Ebony Magazine. According to The Root, the amount Ebony owes freelancers exceeds $15,000. Freelancers have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #EbonyOwes to share their stories.

Here’s the story that led to the Twitter Storm: Why Isn’t ‘Ebony’ Paying Its Black Writers?

The Huffington Post is Now HuffPost

The Huffington Post changed its name to HuffPost — a name its readers call it anyway. The site also has a redesigned home page, and plans to incorporate the splash headline and image framing into shareable cards for social media. Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen said that the redesign and name change do not take away the legacy built by Arianna Huffington. It’s simply a way for the site to catch up with the times and how people think of their brand.

FYI: CNN realizes the best tactic to attract younger viewers is to avoid the name CNN

The New York Times Brings Its (Even Briefer) Morning Briefings to Snapchat Discover

The New York Times now publishes on Snapchat Discover. It recently only used the app to upload stories, but now sees there is an audience for Discover. According to NiemanLab, The New York Times will publish to Snapchat Discover every weekday morning and hopes to capture some of the success it’s seen with the Morning Briefing emails.

Related: Snapchat slides below $20 after Instagram’s clone says it has more users.

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Tabresha B. Langham is a Customer Content Specialist with PR Newswire. She also is a social media junkie, foodie, music fiend and Auburn University Alumn (War Eagle!). Tune into her insights as a social curator at @PRNmedia, or follow @TabreshaL.

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