Day: January 14, 2021

WRAL selected for data journalism pilot program

WRAL News is one of the two media organizations, and the only local television news station in the country, selected to take part in a new program launched by the Local Media Association, in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project.

The project aims to transform local and statewide data into core stories for North Carolinians using new technology.

According to the press release:

Local Media Association, in partnership with Facebook Journalism Project, has launched a pilot project to empower smaller and mid-sized newsrooms to access and transform data into high-impact local journalism.

The pilot project will leverage tools and training from Crosstown and be implemented by WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., and The Times-Picayune, The Advocate and in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.

Crosstown technology is designed to enable local newsrooms to access and convert relevant datasets conveniently into highly relevant local news reporting.

“This pilot project is designed

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Pink prosecco and takeaway sales surge during lockdown Christmas

More than six million glasses of pink prosecco were enjoyed by Lidl customers over the festive period as strict Covid rules prompted people to indulge.

The discount supermarket reported record total sales for the four weeks to 27 December with revenue up 18%.

Takeaway firm Just Eat and online fashion retailer Asos have also reported stellar sales for the period.

All three benefited as restaurants and non-essential shops faced strict curbs or were forced to close.

Demand was so strong in the run up to Christmas, Lidl said it had shifted 7,000 glasses of mulled wine and almost 17,000 deluxe mince pies ever hour during December.

It also sold more than 2.7 million servings of panettone, the festive Italian cake.

Lidl continued to press ahead with its store expansion programme in the period, opening four new stores in December at a time when many businesses are closing down.

Boss Christian

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