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Under the Black Press Initiative, Black press and AMPTV come together to launch Black Headline News

Since its August 24 launch, Black Headline News is proving to be an authentic source of news and information from experienced Black journalists and publishers


By ONME Newswire




Info Media Distribution's AMPTV network has recently garnered another significant, collaborated online TV channel for the national Black viewing audience; with its recent partnership with SpaSho.com to launch online TV channel, SpaSho Wellness TV for Black women health wholistically, AMPTV also collaborated with the Black press to launch Black Headline News (BHN).

The 24/7 online TV channel, the BHN officially launched Wednesday morning, August 24 at 6 AM PST/8AMCST/9AM EST, where viewers watched a five-hour special live on partnering Black Press websites (Texas Metro News, The New Citizens Press, ONME News, The Bay Area Review, The Westside Story News Channel) and on the BHN website. Now viewers can watch it on the linear Roku TV channel if they already have a device, and on the Black Trade Circle app which is free in the Apple store or Google Play store. If viewers would like to watch it online via linear, TV, please consult to the online TV guide here.

The broadcast is also available on PEGMedia for traditional TV distribution nationwide.


Viewers heard from the community partners involved, the origin story of Black Press members who are a part of Black News Link, and more about the BHN news anchors, commentators, and producers.


The launch began with BHN news anchor, Ken McCoy, interviewing Chicago Defender managing editor, Danielle Sanders, followed by publisher, Felicia Palmer, of SOHH.com.

Then BHN news anchor, Julia Dudley Najieb featured the BHN community partners: Black Media Initiative at CUNY, director, Cheryl Thompson-Morton, followed by Sandy Close, CEO of Ethnic Media Services out of San Francisco, CA. BHN news anchor, Julia Dudley Najieb also reviewed the roles of partners, BlackTradelines, and Sam Ennon of BOBSA out of San Mateo, CA.

Moving forward, BHN news anchor, Alexandria Smith's interviewed Minnesota hall of famer and award-winning journalist, Charles Hallman of the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, followed by BHN news anchor, Brigitte Jones, who interviewed publisher, Mona Davids, of LittleAfrica News out of New York city.

After BHN news anchor, Julia Dudley Najieb, reviewed the BHN call-to-action request, the launch continued, featuring BHN news anchor, Carol Angela Davis' interviews with publisher, Dana James of Black Iowa News and award-winning journalist, Sheila Solomon of Rivet360 out of Chicago, IL. Then BHN news anchor, Tiffany Medois, interviewed publisher Delonte Harrod of the Intersection Magazine out of Maryland, publisher Rina Risper of The New Citizens Press out of Michigan, and award-winning journalist and NABJ Hall of Famer, Cheryl Smith of the Texas Metro News out of Dallas, TX.

The on-demand video is labeled in sections, where people can go to the parts of the video they would like to see.

 

Listen to Part 2 of the Black Headline News Channel launch here:


 

About Black Headline News

BHN garners approximately 1.2 million views per week as of July 2022, and features from, breaking news, elections, sports, world, national and regional news, and special feature reports, to viewers getting a run-down of regional news headlines from the Black press. Viewers can scan the QR code from the news briefs with a mobile device to read more about news stories and more at their convenience.


The BHN channel also includes live reports and interviews from BHN news journalists, anchors and news producers: BHN founder, experienced news publisher and executive producer, Julia Dudley Najieb; seasoned photojournalist, Ken McCoy; northern California newspaper publisher and marketing professional, Brigitte Jones; experienced journalist and digital news publisher, Tiffany Medois, financial and legal analyst, Carol Angela Davis and sports news commentator, Alexandria Smith.

The BHN news anchors and producers will be collaborating and interviewing participating Black news outlet representatives and experts from across the nation, as expert commentators or for breaking news items, in real time.

 

Black Headline News Team


 

Also, individual digital Black newspaper groups are including their news programs and trending talk shows to the BHN collective: INFO-MD’s ONME News Network show, News Too Real, SpaSho Media’s Black women’s’ skincare and health show, Tres Beau; The Black Wall Street Times; Real Times Media's Chicago Defender and the Michigan Chronicle news programs.


BHN makes shorter, digest version of their programming available to public access TV nationwide and worldwide two to four times per week.

According to the Pew Research article, Black Americans are more likely than others to prefer to get their news on television and are more likely than any other group to follow local news very closely. Thus, apart from program sponsorship, the Black Headline News Digest is a 30-minute, commercial-free regional news broadcast to inform viewers of the latest news headlines featured in Black news outlets from across the nation and world—available to over 1,000 nationwide, participating public-access TV channels on PEGMedia, an open media exchange for all PEG stations.

Mostly importantly, an array of online Black press outlets who are a part of the recent Black Media Initiative (BMI), a program funded by The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York’s Center for Community Media, which is currently moderated by BMI Director Cheryl Thompson-Morton, their headlines are featured throughout the BHN channel daily.

The Black Media Initiative was started in 2020 to support Black media outlets through advocacy, convenings, training and research. Its aim is to be a one-stop resource for publishers of Black media, connecting them with available resources to build their capacity and stay sustainable—the Black Headline News channel was birthed through the encouragement of the BMI collective.


As a call to action, Black publishers, video content producers, advertisers’, corporate sponsors, and supportive viewers are asked to join in the movement, by taking action within their parameters.

The online BHN channel is a community-purposed movement, to give African-American press, publishers, video content producers, podcasters, and show hosts a free platform to showcase their work collectively, while also attaching their own private sponsors, using the numbers of the collective, online audience already distributed by INFO-MD on the BHN platform.

Online publishers and video content producers even have the opportunity for immediate revenue splits of the advertising on the BHN platform up to 80 percent of the net per monthly advertiser.

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