News bits: MLB shows off its Apple Watch app, begins private beta of new HD player
Are local journalists being cheerleaders for their local sports teams? Big changes at the two largest dailies in Oregon and chairman of Oregon Media Group moves south to Eugene
The polls remain open for another half dozen hours (until 10 local time) so while we wait to see the results, here are a few news items for digital publishers:
As anticipated, more developers are including screenshots of their Apple Watch apps. The screenshots are only seen on iPhone apps, of course – and when the app is universal, and you can see both sets of screenshots (iPhone and iPad), the Apple Watch screenshots disappear when you tap the iPad button (inside the iTunes app or online).
MLB.com At Bat has updated its iOS app and added screenshots for the Apple Watch. These screenshots are kind of funny in that they are huge in comparison to the screenshots for the iPhone, giving users a rather false impression of what they will see in real life. But since we are going to see more of them, I thought I better come up with a way to display them as I do for the iPhone and iPad (with a device border around them).
I’m not crazy about the choice of showing a Giants-A’s score, with the Giants losing, but it is only an example, right?
MLB.com added Apple Watch support with its April 2nd app update, well before the actual launch of the Apple Watch. Now that the app has been used a bit, it can now make another update to fine-tune things.
What’s New in Version 8.1.4
• League-wide scoreboard on Apple Watch
• Access last game results on Apple Watch
• General performance improvements
MLB, by the way, is starting up what it calls a “MLB.TV Private Beta Program,” sending emails to what I suppose are a select group of subscribers to watch games on their new HD media player. The link, though, goes to what looks like a live webpage, so I’m not sure just how private their private beta program really is as I did not have to register or download anything.
Bob Kravitz of WTHR Sports is a little miffed at The Boston Globe, or more specifically the team at Boston.com, for what he sees as cheerleading for the New England Patriots in their coverage of what has become known as DeflateGate. (If you don’t know what that is you probably shouldn’t bother to Google it, the whole thing is rather silly.)
“They are renowned pom-pom wearers, so it wasn’t a surprise. But I was struck at the enthusiasm they displayed while carrying the Patriots’ water. It shocks me that a great newspaper like the Boston Globe would employ such rank amateurs and cheerleaders. Sad.”
Chris Anderson is leaving his post as Chairman of the Oregonian Media Group, publisher of The Oregonian in Portland, to become editor and publisher of The Register-Guard in Eugene. The move comes shortly after Steve Moss joined Oregonian Media Group as president. The Oregonian, Oregon’s largest daily newspaper, has no plans to replace Anderson.
The Oregonian is owned by Advance Publications which has been downsizing and reorganizing its newspapers. Under Anderson’s tenure, Advance dissolved the Oregonian Publishing Company and created two new companies, Oregonian Media Group and Advance Central Services Oregon, in a move similar to its approach in other markets. Home delivery was then cut to four days. With its last publisher’s statement, The Oregonian shows a Sunday circulation of 235,089 (in 2012 it was 302,932, and a decade ago it was just a few papers short of 400,000).
The Register-Guard in Eugene, in contrast, is one of the few medium-sized family-owned papers left in America, owned by the Baker family of Eugene.