CNN Launches CNN Travel
June 13th, 2017
01:52 PM ET

CNN Launches CNN Travel

CNN Travel, a multimedia digital destination, launched today with a new design as a globally-minded, mobile-first, social product with an emphasis on visual storytelling. With this move CNN is elevating its travel coverage to a standalone business more closely aligned with premium content brands such as CNN Politics, CNNMoney and the brand new CNN Tech which launched last month.

CNN Travel will be led by executive editor Brekke Fletcher, who joined the network from the Wall Street Journal last September. With her growing global team and a network of more than 800 travel contributors and insiders around the globe, CNN Travel will be the leading digital destination for the globally curious traveler.

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CNN Launches CNN Tech
May 25th, 2017
12:31 PM ET

CNN Launches CNN Tech

Today CNN doubled down on its technology coverage by launching an all-new CNN Tech – a multimedia digital destination that will examine the extraordinary state of hyper-growth we live in – equipping today’s curious consumers with the tools to survive in this ever-evolving world. With this move the network is elevating its technology coverage from a beat to a standalone business more closely aligned with premium content brands such as CNN Politics, CNNMoney and CNN Style.

The site will be led by executive editor Sam Grobart who joined the network from Bloomberg Businessweek in March of this year. His growing global team will look beyond the business of technology to focus on the innovation itself, exploring the impact Silicon Valley, science and technology are making on society. FULL POST

CNN DIGITAL: #1 ACROSS ALL METRICS IN APRIL 2017
May 18th, 2017
01:38 PM ET

CNN DIGITAL: #1 ACROSS ALL METRICS IN APRIL 2017

#1 IN DIGITAL NEWS VIDEO FOR TWO YEARS RUNNING
CNN POLITICS #1 FOR 26 STRAIGHT MONTHS
CNN DIGITAL NETWORK #1 MILLENNIAL REACH IN APRIL

With more multiplatform unique visitors, mobile unique visitors, video starts and millennial users than any other news outlet, CNN Digital again ranked as the nation’s #1 source for news and information in April 2017.

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM UNIQUE VISITORS
More than 109 million unique multiplatform visitors turned to CNN Digital properties in April 2017 – an impressive increase of +17% versus the prior year and +10% versus the prior month. CNN also outperformed second place New York Times by 19 million unique visitors.
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CNN Launches New Digital Venture "Explore Parts Unknown”
April 5th, 2017
07:38 AM ET

CNN Launches New Digital Venture "Explore Parts Unknown”

Explore Parts Unknown is a mobile-first immersive guide featuring original stories and video, premium photography, and engaging interactives inspired by the Emmy-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. The experience will allow users to recreate Anthony Bourdain's journeys and dive deeper into the people, places, and stories he’s encountered.

Explore Parts Unknown is an editorial partnership between CNN and Roads & Kingdoms – an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture based in New York and Barcelona. Together, we have built a digital universe for the Bourdain super-fan, enabling you to learn what Tony knows, go where he went, eat what he ate, and drink what he drank. Born from Bourdain’s contagious passion for culture, food, travel and adventure, Explore Parts Unknown highlights our shared obsessions: authentic food, culture, people, travel; continuing the conversations Tony starts beyond the TV screen. FULL POST

CNN Digital Debuts its Virtual Reality Unit: CNNVR
March 7th, 2017
09:03 AM ET

CNN Digital Debuts its Virtual Reality Unit: CNNVR

CNN announced today the official launch of CNNVR – a new immersive journalism unit and virtual reality platform within CNN Digital.

The global team with footprints in New York, Atlanta, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dubai, Johannesburg, Tokyo, and Beijing, will cover major news events in stunning 360 video, transport users to the front row of global events through VR live streams, and produce weekly virtual reality experiences – starting today with a mesmerizing journey into the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

In this endeavor, CNN is activating a new virtual reality platform, making it easier than ever to access this dynamic storytelling medium on every device, including:

  • Mobile
    • CNN’s iOS and Android apps are now activating 360 video, making CNN the third largest mobile VR app – behind only Facebook and YouTube.
  • Desktop
    • CNN.com/VR now showcases journeys to Indonesia, Tibet, Iraq and beyond, opening up VR content on the #1 digital news site.
  • VR headsets
    • CNNVR’s groundbreaking 360 content is distributed across all major headsets: Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift and Google Daydream – a combined audience of over 5 million users.

Over the past year, CNN has experimented with VR, producing more than 50 news stories in high-quality 360 video, giving viewers a deeper understanding of the devastation of Aleppo, a front row view of the U.S. Inauguration and a chance to experience the thrill of skydiving – in total, generating more than 30 million views of 360 content on Facebook alone.

Today, this new dedicated team is committed to harnessing the power of virtual reality to transport our audience inside the stories we tell all around the globe.

Whenever news breaks, and wherever amazing stories unfold, CNNVR will transport our audience closer than ever before and on every device available.

CNN Announces its first CNNgo Original: Mostly Human with Laurie Segall
March 6th, 2017
10:02 AM ET

CNN Announces its first CNNgo Original: Mostly Human with Laurie Segall

CNN Digital announced today its first series made exclusively for CNNgo, Mostly Human with Laurie Segall, a six-part investigative docuseries, exploring sex, love, death - humanity - through the lens of tech, debuting on March 12, 2017.

From the award-winning team that brought you Sex, Drugs & Silicon ValleyRevenge Porn and The Secret Lives of Superhero Hackers, the new series follows CNN's Senior Technology Correspondent Laurie Segall around the world as she tackles the uncomfortable questions about our increasingly complicated relationship with technology. Featuring stories of those falling in love with robots, re-creating digital versions of the deceased, experimenting with VR therapy in psychiatric wards and infiltrating hacker communities, Segall examines the promise and power modern technology holds, while exposing the darker side.

The full series will stream exclusively on CNNgo starting March 12, and will not require authentication or log-in to a cable provider, as a CNNgo Original. You can access the series for free through CNNgo on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and Android TV. It is also available on CNN.com, and CNN’s iOS and Android apps.  

This is CNN’s first CNNgo Original offering, developed specifically for CNN’s digital TV-Everywhere service. 

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CNN DEBUTS REIMAGINED MOBILE APP
February 24th, 2017
09:10 AM ET

CNN DEBUTS REIMAGINED MOBILE APP

CNN has reimagined mobile news, unveiling a brand new app rebuilt for speed, simplicity, in-depth storytelling and a focused, first-in-class video experience.

CNN’s 24/7 worldwide multimedia reporting will be updated constantly throughout the day, allowing users to experience the world of breaking news through in-depth stories, photo galleries and news video from every corner of the globe.

Featuring enhanced live streaming capabilities, the CNN app now allows users in the U.S. to watch live CNN, CNN International or HLN television, anytime, anywhere through CNNgo. After the first 10 minutes of viewing live television every day, users will be prompted to log in with their satellite or cable provider information for unlimited viewing. Digital only live feeds are also featured in the app.

On-demand content is also available from a library of more than 100 hours of programming from CNN news programs like “Anderson Cooper 360,” CNN Original Series like “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and award-winning CNN Films.

The new app features custom alert settings, allowing app users to select the frequency they’d like to receive breaking news alerts from CNN. News junkies can choose to get all of CNN’s breaking news alerts, the day’s top news, or no alerts at all.

Users will also be able to view CNN’s virtual reality content directly in the CNN app, through an incredible native 360 viewing experience.  

Available now for download in the iOS and Android app stores.

CNN Politics brings you COVER/LINE
February 17th, 2017
01:19 PM ET

CNN Politics brings you COVER/LINE

CNN Politics announced today the debut of COVER/LINE, your way to experience politics like Washington does – behind the scenes when the mics are turned off, by CNN’s Kate Bennett and Hunter Schwarz. COVER/LINE will not only be your new favorite lunch date, providing you with a daily dose of politics meets pop culture, it will also bring you a weekly podcast and Instagram updates.

With Bennett’s background in fashion and lifestyle, and Schwarz’s background in entertainment, COVER/LINE offers a unique take on traditional political news by covering Washington through the lens of culture and entertainment, brought to you on three different platforms.

Catch COVER/LINE’s first issue launching on February 21, and listen to their podcast weekly starting on February 24, at CNN.com/podcast, as well as iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio or your favorite podcast app.

Subscribe here and follow COVER/LINE:
CNN.com/Coverline
@CNNCoverline

CNN Presents "The First Time I Realized I was Black…”
February 10th, 2017
01:28 PM ET

CNN Presents "The First Time I Realized I was Black…”

In W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, he talks about the first time he realized his skin color made him different. CNN has turned that simple narrative into a powerful compilation of personal stories on race.

Featuring over 25 celebrities and artists like Doug E Fresh, Jason George, Montel Williams and CNN talent like Kamau Bell, Van Jones, Don Lemon, Sara Sidner and Stephanie Elam, the project showcases some of the most prominent voices and their stories about the moment they realized they were black – and how their skin color affected how people saw or treated them.

Explore the interactive featuring animated videos and opinion pieces online and across CNN’s television and social platforms.

Follow and join the conversation using the hashtag #realizediwasblack

CNN Now Available on Google Home
February 9th, 2017
10:22 AM ET

CNN Now Available on Google Home

Google Home owners now have access to CNN through the first Action that delivers topic-based TV coverage in near-real time on the device. 

The CNN “Action” features audio news straight from CNN’s world-class anchors and reporters around the globe. Content from the likes of Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, and John King are available as soon as 5 minutes after broadcast. The Action helps users quickly discover the latest stories CNN is covering and dive into any one of them for CNN’s full broadcast audio coverage powered by CNNgo.

“We’re excited to grow CNN’s suite of products in the voice services space by bringing our real-time, conversational news experience to Google Home,” said Joshua Silverboard, Sr. Director for Emerging Products at CNN.  “Google Home and other voice platforms like it are creating new paths to bring personal, engaging experiences to our audiences. Our custom action on Google Home and the platform that powers it are early in their evolution, but this product is a great example of CNN’s continued efforts to reach and engage our audiences in unique ways, wherever they are.”

Google Home owners can receive the latest top news stories from CNN by simply speaking phrases like, “OK Google, let me talk to CNN”; “OK Google, ask CNN for the latest stories.”; or “OK Google, ask CNN for the latest on President Trump.”

The new action compliments CNN’s previously launched Narrated News on Google Home, which features a daily morning and evening audio news briefing on the latest headlines in three minutes or less. CNNgo is a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience, and is also available on Amazon Alexa, CNN.com, CNN’s iPad app and on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. 

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