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ChristianMusicWeekly wraps up 25 years, a quarter century, of publication. That's longer than CCM, CRR and most other.
Bill Hearn (Sparrow/EMI/Capitol Christian) died at 58, December 10, 2017
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Country and Christian Country artist and writer, Lari White, passed away January 22, 2018 at age 52, from Cancer. Three time Grammy winner, always for gospel category.
Edwin Hawkins died Jan 15, 2018. His Oh Happy Day crossed over to AC (white) radio worldwide in 1969 exposing millions to Black Gospel Choir music. He also backed Melanie on "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
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I Can Only Imagine, the movie. The story behind the Song.
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Mean spirited, political and just plain nasty, and worst ratings, to boot. The ones with class were the Christian winners at the 60th Grammys in late January 2018
Keep an eye on this: Google is testing a new local news service. Bulletin is currently being tested in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oakland, California.
Bulletin bills itself as a “hyperlocal” news service that encourages “citizen journalists” to upload stories on everything from local business events to day-to-day stories that impact their communities. The service claims to be impactful, open and effortless. In other words, it's easy for anyone to contribute.
Google isn't the only online giant testing the waters of local reporting. Facebook is rolling out a similar test app – the Journalism Project initiative - in six markets.
Why are Google and Facebook trying out this new service? It's primarily a response to the “fake news” charges in the 2016 election cycle. Facebook seems to be taking a tougher approach to screening content providers – screening and vetting local content providers.
Both services are in testing and there's no guarantee either will succeed, but it's important to watch as Google and Facebook are again trying to tap into local content providers.
Why does this matter? If these services gain traction, there's an opportunity for your team to become trusted local experts. Few local radio stations offer in-depth local news. But this may become a way to boost your standing in the community and become more plugged in to local leaders and businesses.
Check out the services. Google Bulletin is accepting names for vetting should the service proceed. Their address is https://posts.google.com/bulletin/share.
Again, there's not guarantee that the services will pan out. But the web giants' focus on local is a good reminder that we should be looking at ways to connect with our audiences' day-to-day lives.
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