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By Tony Maciulis, Head of News, Yahoo Studios
We’re excited to announce that Cities Rising: Rebuilding America, a Yahoo News docuseries, is returning this summer with all new episodes. Join Yahoo for an up-close and personal look at three iconic U.S. cities, as told over two episodes each.
In the first episode, launching today, Katie Couric visits Cleveland, a city residents like to call “the best location in the nation.” During her tour she visits the Cleveland Clinic, where she checks out a new breakthrough technology, the HoloLens, that is transforming the study of the human anatomy. Couric also visits the Cleveland Browns stadium with WKYC’s sports director, Jim Donovan, who discusses the Cavaliers’ historic 2016 NBA championship. She samples local treats at West Side Market, the oldest operating indoor-outdoor market space in the city, and catches up with Matthew McConaughey, who filmed his new movie in Cleveland and has plans to launch his Just Keep Livin Foundation curriculum there at John Adams High School.
New episodes of Cities Rising: Rebuilding America will publish twice a month on Yahoo. The visit to Cleveland is followed by stops in New York City’s largest and most diverse area, the borough of Queens, and finally the “Valley of the Sun,” Phoenix. The first episode of each installment explores how the city is making pivotal changes to reinvent itself, while taking a look at issues that are core to rebuilding: education, the economy and infrastructure. The second episode will focus on fun — the arts and culture, sports, food and nightlife scenes that make life exciting in the city.
Full episodes and additional clips are available at yahoo.com/cities-rising.
By Chris Kolk, Chair of Yahoo Pride
June is recognized globally as a time of reflection and celebration for the LGBTQ community. Every year, Pride celebrations are held around the world to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York, the anniversary of the Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, and individuals such as Harvey Milk and Audrey Lorde who helped pave the way for LGBTQ rights. This month, we encourage you to take a moment to remember those who took a stand for equality and join those who are still fighting for LGBTQ rights. The fight for equality is not something of the past, but the responsibility of those living in the present.
Here at Yahoo, we’re recognizing these individuals and milestones by celebrating all month long with our Yahoo Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG) and by leveraging the power of our products and network to drive inclusivity. Here’s just some what we have planned:
- Yahoo Mail: Share your Pride with family and friends all month long by using our Pride-themed stationery
- Yahoo Homepage: During Pride weekend, June 23 – 25, our Yahoo Homepage will commemorate this important time, highlighting our continued commitment to diversity
- Yahoo Billboard: If you’re driving north into San Francisco, CA on Interstate 80, take a look at our iconic billboard, which will be painted rainbow in celebration with messages of encouragement
Yahoo is committed to making our company a best place to work for the LGBTQ community and has been recognized for the past 10 years by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, scoring a perfect 100 each time. With the help of our ERG, we strive to maintain a strong culture of diversity and equality by building a safe workplace. We continually educate our employees on LGBTQ rights to ensure our employees can always feel proud of who they are. Happy Pride Month to all of our users and our employees!
By Andy Serwer, Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Finance
On Saturday, May 6, Yahoo Finance live-streamed the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting to an audience of millions around the globe.
The second annual live stream reached a global audience of 1.43 million unique viewers on Yahoo, across all devices, up 30% from 2016. Engagement also increased significantly this year, with more than 3.1 million total live views on Yahoo, up over 72% from 2016. Audiences spent a total of 24.7 million minutes on Yahoo, up 38% from 2016, watching Berkshire Hathaway Chairman & CEO Warren Buffett, and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, share their insights and advice, live from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Additionally, through our live streaming partners in China, we saw another 3.89 million total live views for a combined 6.99 million total live views worldwide.
In addition to VOD replay on the site, Yahoo Finance has also made an audio replay of the meeting and accompanying interviews available via podcast for the first time ever, through a partnership with Acast. Find it on iTunes and other podcast stores now.
Be sure to check out all of our coverage on Yahoo Finance.
By Margenett Moore-Roberts, Global Head of Inclusive Diversity
I am excited to announce the creation of Yahoo’s newest Employee Resource Group (ERG) focused on Neurodiversity, spearheaded by Margaux Joffe, Yahoo’s Head of Production, Global Marketing Department. The ERG’s mission is to champion neurodiversity at Yahoo in order to create an inclusive workplace for minds of all kinds.
If you’re unfamiliar, neurodiversity refers to differences in learning and attention as normal variations of the human brain. At Yahoo, we recognize minds of all kinds and respect all forms of human variations – from dyslexia, to ADHD, to the autistic spectrum and more. In partnership with Yahoo’s Office of Inclusive Diversity (OID), the new Neurodiversity ERG will help encourage that anyone with these differences can utilize their strengths at work and thrive through one another’s support, as well as supports OID’s mission of advancing diversity and inclusion in Yahoo’s workforce, workplace and marketplace.
Margaux is the chair of the program and her passion stems from her personal experience in being diagnosed with ADHD three years ago, when she was well into adulthood. She felt compelled to found the Kaleidoscope Society, an empowerment project for women with ADHD which shines a light on inspiring stories of trailblazing women with ADHD for its more than 700 members. After joining Yahoo and talking to the OID about their commitment to creating an inclusive working environment, she proposed the idea of creating a Neurodiversity ERG in order to extend the OID’s efforts to colleagues (like herself) with neurological differences.
The ERG is hitting the ground running, and the first internal campaign is introducing poster series and screens in all offices globally to highlight the strengths associated with a few neurological differences such as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and OCD. The ERG will also meet regularly to provide support to relevant members of the Yahoo community and collaborate on how to grow and bring awareness to their mission. Four initial focuses of the program include: learning the needs of employees, creating a community of support, providing resources at Yahoo and increasing the cultural competency of managers so they can effectively manage their diverse teams.
In the coming months, the ERG will work with the OID and Human Resources to ensure Neurodiversity is incorporated into our Inclusion strategy and our manager competencies.
By Andy Serwer, Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief
Tune in as Yahoo hosts our second live stream of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting on Saturday, May 6. Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer will be on-the-ground at CenturyLink Center Omaha, alongside Yahoo News & Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga and Yahoo Finance Anchor Jennifer Rogers, with insight, analysis and news-making interviews. For the second year in a row, audiences will be able to watch live on Yahoo Finance – across desktop, tablet and mobile – as Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett and his right-hand man Charlie Munger share their unscripted views on the company, the markets, the administration and whatever other topic that may come up. The shareholders meeting live stream on Yahoo Finance will once again be available in both English and Mandarin, with VOD replay available for 30 days following the meeting.
The schedule of live coverage includes:
- 10:00am ET – Yahoo Finance pre-show
- 10:15am ET – Live stream of morning session, featuring the Q&A with Buffett and Munger
- 1:00pm ET – Yahoo Finance Halftime Report
- 2:00pm ET – Live stream of afternoon session, featuring additional Q&A and business meeting
- 4:30pm ET – Yahoo Finance post-show wrap-up
Throughout the Pre-show and Halftime Report we’ll also feature a number of live and pre-taped interviews with the Yahoo Finance editorial team, including: Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; Todd Combs, Investment Manager for Berkshire Hathaway, and Ted Weschler, Portfolio Manager for Berkshire Hathaway; Coca Cola Chairman Muhtar Kent and newly appointed CEO, James Quincey; actress and Buffett friend, Glenn Close; Dairy Queen CEO John Gainor; former Vanguard CEO Jack Bogle; Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber; Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, Kathy Ireland, and many others.
This year, Yahoo Finance will also make an audio replay of the meeting and accompanying interviews available via podcast, through a partnership with Acast. With more than 50 million monthly listens to more than 1,000 shows globally, Acast is the world’s leading technology infrastructure for audio on demand and podcasts.
The Yahoo Finance’s Berkshire Hathaway podcast will be available on iTunes and other podcast stores, starting Monday, May 8. For more information on the Berkshire Hathaway Live Stream, visit the landing page on Yahoo Finance and be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter with @YahooFinance #BRKLiveStream.
We’re excited to partner with Amica Insurance for its new campaign to help consumers, especially millennials, prepare for their biggest milestones in life.
Working with Yahoo Storytellers, Amica is introducing Things They Don’t Tell You About, a new branded destination that offers valuable information and advice on topics from buying a car, to purchasing a home, to starting a family. Amica’s new campaign is geared towards millennials, many of whom are facing important decisions around these major milestones for the first time. Consumers can now access exclusive videos and editorial features on Things They Don’t Tell You About to help them better understand and navigate their insurance needs.
As part of this campaign, Amica will also align with Yahoo Finance’s popular live and short form video programming. Amica will connect with viewers through custom integrations, including three branded segments alongside episodes of “Midday Movers” and “Now I Get It” on Yahoo Finance. “Midday Movers” is a daily live show on Yahoo Finance that analyzes the top stories and stocks moving the market right now, discusses recent earnings reports and economic data and features can’t miss interviews with the top money managers and traders on Wall Street. “Now I Get It” is a popular video series on Yahoo Finance that explains the business concepts and jargon from the biggest financial stories of the day. With branded segments appearing at the end of each episode, Amica will share tips and perspectives for consumers on purchasing insurance. Amica will also run extensive video, native and display advertising across Yahoo properties to amplify the sponsorship and drive consumers to Things They Don’t Tell You About.
Launched in 2016, Yahoo Storytellers is a full service content marketing studio, producing premium video and editorial content for brands that is also backed by data. Yahoo Finance is the leading business news site, known for its unrivaled access to financial insights and news. In 2016, audiences spent nearly 13 million hours watching Yahoo Finance’s three daily live shows including Market Movers, Midday Movers and The Final Round. Additionally, time spent watching video across Yahoo’s properties has increased 85% year over year, creating exciting new opportunities for marketers.
By Matt Edelman, Product Manager
The mobile industry is shifting the way we consume video content. At Yahoo, with our more than 650 million mobile users (and growing), continuing to create new experiences on these devices remains a top priority. Today we’re proud to introduce Yahoo Sports Headlines, a new visual way to tap through the day’s tops stories.
Available in our popular Yahoo Sports app, Headlines are quick, high quality videos presented in an easy to view portrait format. Fans can catch up on the latest news by tapping through each video and simply swipe up to read the entire article. The videos are easy to comment on in the app and can be shared on social networks. The new Headlines tab on the Yahoo Sports app can be found on both iOS and Android.
This is just the beginning for our new take on mobile video. Over the coming year, we plan to continue evolving the product and rolling it out across more Yahoo properties so stay tuned!
By Martha Nelson, Global Editor in Chief
The topic of marijuana is at a tipping point. While some aspects of this tectonic shift in American society have been well covered – legalization, the business boom, the political divides – its impact on our most important relationships, those inside our homes, has been curiously underexamined.
Leveraging the power of the Yahoo network, Weed & the American Family is an in-depth and thoughtful examination of the way cannabis is affecting our families – from the generational split over usage, to shifting attitudes, to its impact on parenting and relationships.
At the center of our project is an exclusive Yahoo News/Marist Poll which offers the most comprehensive examination of this hot topic – Weed & the American Family.
This survey of 1,122 adults in America found that marijuana use has become surprisingly acceptable, particularly in families where parents are users. Having used – or merely tried – marijuana makes you much less concerned about its effect on your family, suggesting that as weed becomes more widespread in the age of legalization, more Americans will begin to feel the same way.
See the full poll results here: http://maristpoll.marist.edu/yahoo-newsmarist-poll/
Our examination includes an interview with former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who co-founded an anti-legalization group called Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM); a discussion with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper about the lessons he’s learned as a reluctant leader on the front lines of the marijuana revolution; and an intimate conversation with musician, mother and weed advocate Melissa Etheridge. We also produced video diaries of families who share how marijuana has affected their lives, both negatively and positively, including a compelling account of a mother using marijuana to treat postpartum depression and anxiety.
We hope that as you read through our fascinating poll data, reporting and first-person accounts on marijuana use, you’ll be able to develop a better sense of the complex and evolving attitudes about this deeply controversial issue in American life and that it generates discussion where it matters most – within your own family.