Morning Media Newsfeed: Media Outlets on Snapchat | Voice Media Group Eyes Sale

Media outlets join Snapchat Discover. Voice Media explores sale of its newspapers. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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CNN, Several Other Media Outlets Now on Snapchat (FishbowlDC)
Snapchat has launched a new Discover feature, which will allow users to access in-app content from 10 different media outlets. TVNewser Snapchat Discover will release a new edition of each network’s platform-specific content every 24 hours, with at least five new stories. Each story will be headlined by a 10-second video or animated teaser. Readers will then have the option to swipe up for more in-depth reporting or swipe left to the next story. FishbowlNY Publishers that have jumped aboard already include National Geographic, CNN, Vice, Yahoo!, People, Daily Mail, Cosmo, Comedy Central and The Food Network. LostRemote CNN will put out a new “edition” every 24 hours, including news, headlines and a video for each story. Comedy Central is using the platform to share teasers and links to full videos of shows. ESPN has Sportscenter highlights with “heavily designed stats from major leagues.” THR Snapchat, which started as a service for sending disappearing photo messages, has placed an emphasis on expanding beyond its initial conceit. Last year it introduced Stories, which lets users create a compilation of photos and videos that disappear after a 24-hour period, and later announced expanded feature Our Stories, which allows people at large events like the Coachella music festival to upload Snaps into a collaborative Story.

Voice Media Group to Explore Sale of Papers (FishbowlNY)
The end of The Village Voice in print could be near. Voice Media Group — publisher of the Voice, LA Weekly, Miami New Times and more — has hired merger-and-acquisition firm Dirks, Van Essen & Murray to explore the possible sale of its papers. Poynter / MediaWire Voice Media Group acquired The Village Voice and its properties in 2012, in a transaction with Village Voice Media. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The group’s other titles include Phoenix New Times, Denver Westword, The Dallas Observer, The Houston Press, Riverfront Times (of St. Louis), City Pages (of Minneapolis), and New Times Broward-Palm Beach. WSJ / CMO Today Voice Media has already decided it will sell the OC Weekly in southern California or find a partner for it. The free weekly had an average circulation of 63,249 as of June 2014, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. The move comes as alternative papers continue to struggle with competition from the Web, with sites like Craigslist eating deeply into classified advertising revenue and younger readers migrating online. The Village Voice, for instance, has seen its circulation fall 55 percent — from about 247,000 to 110,000 — since 2006.

January 2015 Ratings: Fox News Marks 13 Years at No. 1 (TVNewser)
With the final January numbers in, FNC has now been the No. 1 cable news network for 13 years straight, in both total viewers and the demo in both total day and primetime viewing. But the network shed viewers in total day viewing vs. January 2014. TVNewser CNN showed the most ratings momentum of all the cable news channels in January, beating MSNBC in all categories and narrowing the gap with Fox News Channel to the closest margin in six years. In the adult 25-54 demo, CNN is up more than 70 percent in both total day and primetime compared to last January, when the network delivered its third lowest-rated month ever. TVNewser MSNBC saw another down month in January. The network lost 23 percent of its primetime viewership and was down 39 percent for primetime demo vs. January 2014, which was the height of Bridgegate, giving MSNBC a ratings boost for the month. TVNewser The new-look HLN had a busy month, launching new programs The Daily Share and Jack Vale: Offline while posting ratings increases compared to last year. HLN is up 39 percent in total day viewers and 32 percent in the demo. In primetime, HLN is up 19 percent in viewers and 12 percent in the demo.