Reinventing Global News for the Youtube Era: Link TV World News iPad App Curates Best News Videos, Raw Videos, and Documentaries, Related from Around the World | KCET
Reinventing Global News for the Youtube Era: Link TV World News iPad App Curates Best News Videos, Raw Videos, and Documentaries, Related from Around the World
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REINVENTING GLOBAL NEWS FOR THE YOUTUBE
LINK TV WORLD NEWS iPAD APP CURATES BEST NEWS
VIDEOS, RAW VIDEOS, AND
DOCUMENTARIES, RELATED ARTICLES FROM
AROUND THE WORLD
showcases top world news culled from more than 125 video news outlets,
on the ground, and more than 50,000 global news sources
San Francisco, CA (October 30, 2012) -Revolutions happen. Russian punk rockers
are sent to jail. The shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl galvanizes a
country - and the world. A free iPad app launching today helps viewers
make sense of global events by curating the best television news, raw videos,
and documentaries from around the world.
With a recent Pew Project for
Excellence in Journalism study revealing that more people than
ever are turning to YouTube for breaking international news, the LinkTV World News app for iPad is for news
junkies overwhelmed by the glut of online video and underwhelmed by mainstream
coverage of international news. Paul S.
Mason, president and CEO of Link TV, noted that a simple YouTube search for "
may generate more than 200,000 results, with little guidance as to which videos
are the most informative, relevant, and trustworthy.
World News app does the heavy lifting so users don't have to," said Mason. "A
team of seasoned journalists using the best semantic 'smart search' technology
sifts through thousands of newscasts and raw videos to bring people the stories
that matter most."
- Watch the world's most EYE-OPENING
NEWS VIDEOS, selected by a team of international editors from over 125
mainstream, state-run, and alternative outlets, including BBC, Reuters,
CNN, France 24, The Guardian, The New York Times, Democracy Now!,
- Go behind the news with
user-generated RAW VIDEOS related to stories of the day
- Use an interactive WORLD
MAP to explore the world's video news
- Leveraging the latest SEMANTIC
TECHNOLOGY, the app filters through more than 50,000 INTERNATIONAL
NEWS SOURCES - from major newspapers to small local blogs - to provide
users with deeper context around every video story.
- Watch FEATURE
DOCUMENTARIES from around the world--providing the bigger picture
behind breaking news
- Learn more about global
issues and trends through comprehensive IN-DEPTH SECTIONS featuring
VIDEO TIMELINES, and up-to-the minute Twitter updates.
- PERSONALIZE GLOBAL NEWS FEEDS of world
news and topics to follow
- TAKE ACTION on world issues
The app was
created by Link TV, the independent digital media company and television
network dedicated to connecting US audiences with coverage of international
news and culture. The app was developed in partnership with The Bertha
Foundation, a leader in supporting social impact media projects. Earlier this month, Link TV announced its
expected merger with KCET, the Los Angeles-based independent public TV station;
the expected merged organization, KCETLink, is one of the nation's largest
independent public TV networks and is described as "a transmedia company that
acquires, produces and distributes provocative global programming targeted to a
national audience across multiple media platforms."
"It is an
increasingly connected and complex world, and The Bertha Foundation believes it
is vitally important to offer access to a diversity of voices, whether it be
from a veteran broadcaster or an eyewitness," said Rebecca Lichtenfeld of
The app was
designed by Method, the award-winning firm behind
innovative media experiences including the BBC iPlayer and
Politics App. It leverages a wide
range of semantic tools to surface the best video coverage and related articles
and information, including Zemanta, Freebase, and Daylife.
Link TV has also
partnered with digital video platform VidCaster to develop a GoogleTV app that
delivers the same curated collection of international news videos.
With the app,
Link TV builds upon its 13-year track record of using satellite TV and digital
media to connect audiences to international news coverage they cannot find anywhere
else. It broadcasts and streams groundbreaking programs focused on the Middle
East (Mosaic), Asia (LinkAsia), and the
Americas (Inside Story Americas),
as well as documentaries and television series like the acclaimed Danish drama Borgen,
which Newsweek called "The
best political show ever."
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About Link Media & Link TV
Link Media uses media and the power of stories to engage, inform and inspire its
audiences to participate in transformational, sustainable change on issues of
global importance. Founded in 1999, Link Media operates the Link TV national
network and the websites LinkTV.org, LinkNews and ViewChange.org. An independent and
non-commercial media company, Link Media acquires, produces and delivers global
news, documentaries and cultural programming over three distribution channels:
broadcast, Web and mobile devices.
Link TV is
available as basic service on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel
9410, reaching more than 33 million
also airs on 220 cable outlets, including in
million homes. Link also streams much of its content online at
LinkTV.org. For complete background information, program schedule and Internet
streaming, go to LinkTV.org. Follow on
Twitter @linktv, and on Facebook
About The Bertha
The Bertha Foundation believes in the power
of social activism. We champion passionate lawyers, storytellers, and social
entrepreneurs working towards a more decent and just world.
- Lawyers: We aim to inspire and
enable the work of socially minded lawyers and are committed to
strengthening the field of public interest law.
- Storytellers: We believe in the
power of visual storytelling to educate, inform and inspire action, and
are dedicated to supporting the creation and distribution of social impact
media projects. Documentaries are central to this vision.
- Social Entrepreneurs: When people
have the right tools and opportunities, they are best placed to solve
their own problems. We support those using business principles and
innovation to create sustainable large-scale change.