Meet Nitya Chambers, CNN's New VP of Premium Content
June 27th, 2016
02:02 PM ET

Meet Nitya Chambers, CNN's New VP of Premium Content

Meet Nitya Chambers — CNN’s VP of Premium Content.  Nitya joins CNN from Threespot, a full service digital agency based in Washington, D.C., where she served as Director of Content Strategy. In her time at Threespot, she led teams to create powerful digital experiences for clients like the National Park Service, PBS Newshour, Smithsonian, WomenStrong International, and Zero to Three. Prior to that, Nitya worked for ABC News Digital and at “Nightline."

In her new role with CNN, Nitya will work with the executive editors of premium content verticals such as Style, Travel, Arabic, Media & Entertainment, and Health to execute editorial strategy and liaise with the network's sales, product, tech-dev and newsgathering teams. Nitya will report to CNN’s SVP of Premium Content Ed O’Keefe when she starts in late July.

Until then, give her a shout on Twitter @nityavc and check out her Q&A below.

What is premium content and how will you VP it?

Premium content is the story of how we live our lives. Areas like Style, Travel, Health, and Entertainment are reflections of our collective tastes. They speak volumes about who we are right now, and how we're willing to spend our time and money. There's a lot to learn from the successes of CNN Politics and CNNMoney, and I'm excited to be part of the team that applies those lessons to premium content. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital
CNN POLITICS: #1 FOR 15 MONTHS
June 24th, 2016
02:00 AM ET

CNN POLITICS: #1 FOR 15 MONTHS

Sweeps Every Category in May: Visitors, Video, Views & Minutes

May 2016 marked the 15th straight month that CNN Politics was the Web’s most-consumed producer of political news and information.  The network posted triple-digit gains over the previous year and easily topped every competitor in every traffic category.  Up across the board over April 2016, CNN politics posted 31 million unique multiplatform visitors, 79 million video starts, nearly 260 million multiplatform views and 681 million minutes of consumption time.

#1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors
Doubling the traffic of nearly every competitor, CNN Politics attracted an audience of 31 million unique visitors across platforms in May 2016 – up 135% vs. the prior year and +11% over the previous month.

31 mm: CNN Politics

  • 18 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 16 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 14.2 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 14.1 mm: Politico.com
  • 10 mm: The Hill

Source: comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, May 2015 – May 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

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Meet CNN Digital's New VP of Programming: Mitra Kalita
May 25th, 2016
01:01 PM ET

Meet CNN Digital's New VP of Programming: Mitra Kalita

Meet Mitra Kalita. She’ll be making a big move from the left coast to the right to head up programming for CNN Digital in the coming weeks. Mitra joins CNN from the Los Angeles Times, where she is serving as the publication’s managing editor. Before that, she was the executive editor of Quartz. She’s also worked for the Wall Street Journal, Mint and the Washington Post.

In her new role as VP of Programming, Mitra will lead CNN Digital’s efforts to creatively share its journalism and storytelling across an ever-exploding array of platforms. She will oversee the News & Alerting, Special Projects, and Mobile & Off-Platform teams. Mitra will be based in the Big Apple and report to Editor-in-Chief Meredith Artley.

Since no one really likes press releases, we decided to mix things up with a Q&A. Read on and join us in welcoming Mitra to CNN: @MitraKalita.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chips. Uber. Bright tights. The Office. The TV show, not the place.

VP of Programming sounds like a TV title.  What does that mean for Digital?   

The success of our journalism rests on two important factors: how good is the story and how good is the distribution. How adaptive are we to different devices and different platforms? How accessible, relatable, intimate, authoritative? Technically, I will oversee the homepage, alerts, projects and planning, mobile news and off-platform partnerships and initiatives. But really, I see this job as one that collaborates across departments, time zones and mediums to maximize the reach of our journalism.

If you weren’t a journalist, what would you be doing?

I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. 

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Topics: CNN Digital • CNN DIGITAL
CNN DIGITAL OUTPERFORMS ALL COMPETITORS IN APRIL 2016
May 25th, 2016
09:34 AM ET

CNN DIGITAL OUTPERFORMS ALL COMPETITORS IN APRIL 2016

#1 IN VIDEO, VISITORS, VIEWS & SOCIAL

CNN once again outpaced all news and information competitors last month with more multiplatform unique visitors, views, video starts and consumption time than any other news outlet. April also marked the network’s 12th straight month as the number one source for digital news video. 

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM UNIQUE VISITORS
CNN welcomed 93 million unique visitors in April, besting all other news outlets and maintaining its number one rank. CNN topped second place Yahoo News by 7 million visitors across platforms and third place BuzzFeed.com by 13 million.

CNN: 93 Million Unique Visitors

  • Yahoo News – 86 million uniques
  • BuzzFeed.com – 80 million uniques
  • HuffingtonPost.com – 75 million uniques
  • The New York Times – 73 million uniques
  • WashingtonPost.com – 65 million uniques

Source: comScore MultiPlatform based on CNN Brand entity — April 2016

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CNNMONEY TOPS BLOOMBERG, WALL STREET JOURNAL & CNBC FOR APRIL 2016
May 24th, 2016
09:50 AM ET

CNNMONEY TOPS BLOOMBERG, WALL STREET JOURNAL & CNBC FOR APRIL 2016

CNNMoney posted an impressive lead over some of the web’s finest business and financial news competitors for the month of April 2016. In terms of traffic, CNNMoney outperformed Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and CNBC in multiplatform visits and unique visitors. It topped both Business Insider and Wall Street Journal in video starts and consumption time. The network ranked a solid fourth place among top business and financial properties for the month and registered double digit gains over April 2015 in most measurements.

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CNNVR TIME TRAVELS TO THE EIGHTIES
March 31st, 2016
04:50 PM ET

CNNVR TIME TRAVELS TO THE EIGHTIES

On January 28, 1986 CNN was the only national broadcast network to carry the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on live TV. Today, CNNVR has brought that viewing experience back through virtual reality.

In partnership with TimeLooper, a location-based time travel app known for its ability to take users back to a specific point in time through virtual reality, CNN embarked on an incredibly ambitious VR reenactment shoot: rebuilding a version of the CNN studios circa 1986 to bring users back to the moment of the Challenger explosion.

Archival footage from inside the CNN studio that day and consultation with current CNN staffers who witnessed the moment as it unfolded helped reconstruct the scene. 

The CNNVR team rented vintage cameras, built a set with 20 pieces, hired 40 actors, hair & makeup, wardrobe and used CGI effects to recreate the moment. 

With an introduction from Anderson Cooper, the project takes you right back to 1986 and that tragic day in history.

The experience can be viewed on CNN’s Facebook page, CNN’s Android App and on the TimeLooper App. 

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About CNNVR

CNNVR is the network's virtual reality newsgathering and storytelling operation. CNN was the first media outlet to live stream a major news event in virtual reality with the trailblazing project of capturing and streaming CNN's Republican and Democratic Debates in the fall of 2015. Praised by critics for "flipping conventional wisdom on its head," CNNVR has produced both domestic and international stories through the technology, including a front row seat to a political rally and memorials in the cities of Brussels and Paris.

CNN Android App Now Features 360 Video Playback
March 31st, 2016
03:38 PM ET

CNN Android App Now Features 360 Video Playback

CNN announced today that its latest update to the CNN App for Android Phones includes the ability to playback 360 video from within the app – not requiring the use of another device or application.

For the first time, users will be able to see 360, virtual reality videos in the core CNN Android app, showcasing the commitment to virtual reality across CNN Digital platforms. A user can view the experience today on Android devices by watching the latest production from the CNNVR team.

The CNN App for Android Phones is available for free on Android Market.  For more information about the CNN App for Android, go to www.cnn.com/android.

Digital Studios Rolls Out 'Future of Adventure’ Series
The 'Exosuit," which allows deep-sea divers to propel through the ocean.
March 14th, 2016
10:49 AM ET

Digital Studios Rolls Out 'Future of Adventure’ Series

CNN Digital Studios has launched six new videos in their Future of Adventure series, which begin rolling out today.  The series focuses on how people are experiencing adventure in new ways because of technological innovation and ingenious designs that allow them to reach new heights in exploration. 

Today’s feature focuses on the man who created a robotic suit that allows deep-sea divers to propel through the ocean using water jets.  Other videos will focus on inventions in space travel, Earth-friendly wetsuits and airbags.   

Available now at CNN.com/adventure, the series will publish in its entirety on CNNgo in April.  Follow CNN’s best video at @CNNVideo.

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CNNMoney Exclusive Investigation: The Hunt for Maria Duval
February 25th, 2016
07:40 AM ET

CNNMoney Exclusive Investigation: The Hunt for Maria Duval

CNNMoney’s award-winning investigative journalists Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken embarked on a months-long investigation to search for the woman who is the face of one of the biggest cons in history — French psychic Maria Duval.

The scam has lasted more than 20 years and has spanned more than a dozen countries. It has allegedly claimed at least 1.4 million victims in the United States alone.

And yet authorities around the world have been unable to shut it down.

In a five-part series beginning today, Ellis and Hicken trace the evolution of the scheme, uncovering a surprising world of shell companies and businessmen, and the role of Duval herself, whose existence even investigators have questioned.

Explore the series in full at CNNMoney.com/MariaDuval, and catch Ellis and Hicken on CNN’s New Day on Thursday morning to hear more about their investigation.

Follow CNNMoney's search at #PsychicScam

 


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNNMoney
CNN DIGITAL A TRIPLE THREAT: #1 VIEWS, VIDEO, SOCIAL
February 23rd, 2016
11:30 AM ET

CNN DIGITAL A TRIPLE THREAT: #1 VIEWS, VIDEO, SOCIAL

NETWORK OUTPERFORMS HUFFPOST & BUZZFEED ACROSS THE BOARD

Kicking off 2016 with a win, CNN posted strong digital growth in January and outperformed all competitors in multiplatform views, video and social.  January marked a nine-month winning streak in video and CNN's 10th consecutive month as #1 in views. CNN topped HuffPost and BuzzFeed in every single metric and barely trailed Yahoo News in multiplatform unique visitors and mobile uniques.

#1 IN VIEWS
Across desktop and mobile, CNN content earned more views than that of any other news organization. With 1.7 billion views in January, CNN beat second-place Yahoo News by 17% and third-place Fox News by 52%.

CNN: 1.7 Billion Views

  • Yahoo News – 1.4 B views
  • Foxnews.com – 1.1 B views
  • Buzzfeed.com – 859 mm views
  • Washingtonpost.com – 735 mm views
  • MSN News – 720 mm views

(Source: comScore MultiPlatform, Jan. 2016) FULL POST


Topics: CNN Digital • Mobile • Ratings • Social Media
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