Fan Media Network Now Has 100 Reporters

Fan Media Network continues to attract reporters covering sports news and teams on their phones with videos for NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS news.

Over 100 reporters are in the sports news network. Reporters include sports radio hosts, sports radio reporters, beat writers, TV/radio sideline reporters, play-by-play broadcasters, TV and website sports producers, freelancers and student reporters.

Reporters can use the sports news network whenever they want and be independent. This is a self-publishing video platform like Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc., except it’s uniquely organized with 270 team channels, an innovative mobile payments marketplace to earn money and get paid on your phone and a partnership with Apple News.

Crossover media types can easily get on-camera, have control and extend nationally through Apple News when there is trending sports news in their cities around the teams they cover.

“Local reporters typically break the news in sports and this is an easy way for those who have news and can give news to do sports news videos on their phones in 60-seconds or less and extend nationally through Apple News. Trending sports news videos is our niche. All news gathering and publishing is done by mobile phone videos. We have already had eight reporters get into Apple News,” said Fan Media Network founder/CEO, Kirk Berridge.

Reporters can earn money. News outlets can buy their sports news videos from the app to supplement their coverage. Fans can support reporters to keep them in the network providing sports news coverage with viewer-support.

To publish sports news videos, reporters can install the iPhone app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ or use the website www.fanmedianetwork.com (supports Android). Reporters can select their team(s) and photo for their profile. Our Newsroom will contact reporters in the app or web site to collaborate as needed.

Fan Media Launches Apple News Channel

Quality sports news reporting and commentary from journalists, college journalists, citizen journalists (fans), and former players can now be viewed and followed on Fan Media’s new channel in Apple News. Fan Media’s newsroom and its editorial team will review and choose to feature the most timely, relevant and newsworthy videos from its network to be included in its new Apple News channel.

“This is yet another unique opportunity that Fan Media offers to journalists, former players and fans. Our network allows quality mobile video journalists to share their sports news videos, coverage and commentary within our app and now expands viewership opportunities by launching our own Apple News channel,” said Fan Media Network CEO and founder Kirk Berridge.

The company continues to democratize sports news coverage and opens an entirely new market of mobile video journalism. All news gathering and publishing is done solely by mobile phones. The videos are moderated and targeted by league, by team, and by city. Our network of former players, journalists and fans can earn money and get paid right on their phones (Patent Pending). The iPhone app and web site have 270 team channels for NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS news with multiple points of view.

Fan Media invites journalists to join its social news network, which is a great way for sports journalists to reinvent themselves as mobile video journalists. Any journalist, former player and fan can create a profile and publish videos, and sources who are reliable and share quality content have the ability to be promoted to Fan Media official status. Journalists make and edit 45-second and 60-second videos on the fly to easily compile multiple clips of footage with voiceover commentary and the option to include natural sound.

Fan Media will bring the best of its bite size video reporting to its Apple News channel, so the most compelling stories and commentary will reach a wide audience of sports fans, who are consuming news on the go.

Fan Media Now Has 100 Former Players In Its Network

Fan Media Network continues to invite former players from the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS into its social news sports network.

100 former players are in the network, including a Super Bowl Champion, World Series Champion, NCAA Basketball National Champion, College Football National Champion, NHL Stanley Cup Champion, All-American, First Round Draft Pick, Undrafted Free Agent and a Walk-On.

Former players make short casual videos on their phones, drop knowledge and tell stories about their teams, opponents, and any sports news they want to weigh in on from their point of view. Their videos are displayed on their team’s channel in the app and website. They can stay in the game and earn money.

Fan Media is a social news sports network of former players, fans and journalists who cover sports news and teams on their phones with videos from their point of view.

The iPhone app and website (Android) have 270 team channels for NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS news.

“We plan to have 1,000 former players by college football season. They like our story and our platform. We have created a place for them. Only a few former players get TV jobs, and Twitter is for current players and doesn’t have team channels. Fan Media makes it easy to discover and re-discover former players. And there are four ways to earn money and get paid right on their phones through our mobile payments marketplace. Soon we will have more former players in our network than ESPN, CBS Sports, FOX Sports and NBC Sports combined,” said CEO Kirk Berridge.

Once the company gets a sponsor, Fan Media Network plans to pay former players as paid media analysts, one for each team to begin, where they provide insight, commentary and stories on their phone wherever they are.

News outlets can buy former player’s videos to supplement their coverage. Viewers/fans can support former players to keep them in the network making videos on their phones with viewer-support/tips. And brands can pay former players to make video ads with product placement and testimonials on-camera.

“In addition to building a network of former players, fans and journalists as mobile video journalists, we are also building a stable of native video advertising makers. Our system can identify, select and get former players to make video ads on their phones. Brands can pay them right on their phones,” said Berridge. “This is a first in the world of advertising – brand-to-former player mobile payments. Native video ads are our core video ad product. And this is a service we provide to brands and agencies.”

Fan Media Network will first anchor down the network with former players, then journalists and bring in the fans (citizen video journalists) around that.

To be involved, former players can install the iPhone app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ or build their profile on the website www.fanmedianetwork.com (supports Android users), select their team(s) and include a photo for their profile.

Former players will be verified by our mobile newsroom staff. Then they can make their intro video for their profile with their name, team they played for, position, when they played, who they played with, any stats, accomplishments or fun facts, what they are doing now and what they may talk about in their videos.’

Fan Media Announces 2018 College Football Mobile Journalism Internships

Cover your school’s football team this season on your phone with videos from your point of view for our social news sports network as a mobile video journalist. These internships are open to college journalism, broadcast, digital media, communications, and sports management students that attend any of the 129 schools that compete to play in the College Football Playoff.

Fan Media will develop and collaborate with students as mobile video journalists for social news coverage throughout the season. This is an opportunity to be on-camera, cover high-profile sports news, build your mobile demo reel and have fun. 

Our world-class iPhone app and web site (Android) have 270 team channels for NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB & MLS news. 

Fan Media is the first and only sports news network to do all of its news gathering and publishing solely by mobile phones.

Former players, fans, and journalists make 45-second videos/stories on their phones for our network, covering teams in their area from their point of view as social news coverage and compete each season to earn official status and money.

For college students who want to cover their school’s football team, the program runs from August through December for school credit (non-paid). Internships can be customized for each student to fit your schedule and meet your school’s requirements.

Interns (mobile journalists) will make 45-second videos/stories covering the their school’s football team on a weekly basis for social news coverage, including: news reporting, commentary, criticism, analysis, fan interviews, moments, trending stories and public opinion. Fan Media Network will provide a correspondent kit with best practices on production quality and editorial direction.

Students will learn mobile video journalism in the field. Videos can be shared from our iPhone app and web site into the News Feeds of Facebook and Twitter and the best videos get featured on Fan Media’s social brand pages.

Interested students can apply by installing our iPhone app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ or making a profile on the web site http://fanmedianetwork.com/ (Android users) and making one video 45-second or less video/story about their school’s football team. It can be a season preview video or any of the ideas listed above. We will contact you in the app or web site from our Newsroom to set you up from there.

Fan Media Announces 2018 MLB and MLS Summer Internships

Cover MLB or MLS teams in your city this season on your phone with videos from your point of view for our social news sports network as a mobile video journalist. This program can be customized to meet your school requirements for credit from April thru the World Series or MLS Cup. This is for journalism, broadcast, digital media and sports management students in MLB and MLS cities.  Fan Media Announces 2018 MLB and MLS Summer Internships

Fan Media will develop and collaborate with mobile video journalists for social news coverage throughout the season. This is an opportunity to be on-camera, cover high-profile sports news, build your mobile demo reel and have fun.

Fan Media is a social news sports network of former players, fans, and journalists who cover sports news and teams on their phones with videos from their point of view, and compete each season to earn money, official status and get paid right on their phones.

Our world-class iPhone app and web site (Android) have 270 team channels for NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB & MLS news.

Fan Media is the first and only sports news network to do all of its news gathering and publishing solely by mobile phones.

Interns will provide 45-second videos covering their city’s MLB or MLS team on a weekly basis, including: news reporting, commentary, criticism, analysis, fan interviews, moments, trending stories and public opinion. Fan Media Network will provide a correspondent kit with best practices for production quality and editorial direction.

Students will learn mobile video journalism in the field and videos can be shared from our app and web site into the News Feeds of Facebook and Twitter. The best videos get featured on Fan Media’s social brand pages.

This program is available to students who are in the following cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis. New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.

Interested students can apply by installing the app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ or making a profile on the website http://fanmedianetwork.com/, and making one video 45-second video about your local MLB or MLS team. It can be a season preview video or any of the ideas listed above. We will contact you in the app or web site from our Newsroom to set you up from there.

Earn Money On Your Phone Covering Sports News

Fan Media Network is looking for trained journalists, freelance journalists, college broadcast and journalism students, and former college players to cover sports news and teams in your area on your phone from your point of view as a mobile video journalist.

This is news reporting, commentary and criticism. Our iPhone app and web site (Android) have 250 NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS team channels. 

This is bite size coverage of news, games, events and moments from multiple points of view.

One fan in each city and at each school becomes a paid reporter in 2018 for our network for a year as a freelance mobile video journalist, and gets a weekly ticket allowance to go to games. Cities include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco and the top 30 media markets. Schools include ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big XII, and Pac-12 schools.

You must be reliable and provide good coverage and first get promoted to official status. Our newsroom staff can help develop you as a mobile video journalist. We will collaborate with you on your phone from our mobile newsroom.

You can use our network to earn money 4 ways.

1. Paid reporter

2. Viewer-support

3. Buy This Video – news outlets can buy your videos to supplement their coverage and feature them on-air/online.

4. Native video ads – brands can pay fans for product placement and fan testimonials in videos.

You have to build your followers and create value to get noticed in our system as an influencer for native video advertising opportunities.

Students can use our network to be on-camera, cover high-profile sports news, earn school credit, build your mobile demo reel, get discovered and have fun.

Former players can stay in the game by providing insight on your team. Schools and sports that don’t get a lot of coverage will benefit.

Videos feature a simple Yes/No vote and can be shared into the News Feeds of Facebook and Twitter as social news coverage.

Our network will feature new and different paid reporters and official correspondents every season for all 250 NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS teams that have a channel in our app and web site.

Fan Media is the first and only sports news network that does all of its news gathering and publishing solely by mobile phones. We produce video coverage at 10x – 50x less costs than traditional news outlets.

Those interested can apply by installing the app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ or making a profile on the website http://fanmedianetwork.com/and making one video 45-second video about your local team from your point of view. We will contact you in the app or web site from our Newsroom to set you up from there.

Fan Media Announces NBA and NHL Internships

Cover NBA or NHL teams in your city this season on your phone for our social news sports network from your point of view as a mobile video journalist. This program can be customized to meet your school requirements for credit from October thru the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is for journalism, broadcast, digital media and sports management students from schools in NBA or NHL cities.

Fan Media will develop and collaborate with correspondents as mobile video journalists for social news coverage throughout the season. This is an opportunity to be on-camera, cover high-profile sports news, build your mobile demo reel and have fun.

Fan Media is a social news sports network of mobile phone video correspondents for the top 250 NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS teams (Patent Pending).NBA NHL Internship

Our world-class iPhone app and web site (Android users) have 250 team channels.

We are opening an entirely new market of mobile journalism and a low cost media model for sports news coverage.

Trained journalists, former college players and fans make 45-second videos on their phones for our network covering teams in their area from their point of view as social news coverage and compete each season to earn official status and money.

Fan Media has an innovative mobile payments marketplace for fan-to-fan and brand-to-fan mobile payments creating an ecosystem for trained journalists, former college players and fans to earn money right on their phones thru viewer-support, a Buy This Video feature where news outlets can buy videos to supplement their coverage, and native video ads.

Interns will provide 45-second videos covering their local NBA or NHL team on a weekly basis, including: news reporting, commentary, criticism, analysis, fan interviews, moments, trending stories and public opinion. Fan Media Network will provide a correspondent kit with best practices for production quality and editorial direction.

Students will learn mobile video journalism in the field and strive to get into the News Feeds and Trending Stories of Facebook and Twitter as social news coverage. Videos can be shared from our iPhone app and web site into the News Feeds of Facebook and Twitter and the best videos get featured on Fan Media’s social brand pages.

“ESPN acknowledged sports media has shifted to fan-centric, bite size video that drives social media commentary. People are watching less TV. They are getting their news on social media. Sports fans now prefer bite size video coverage of news, games, events and moments in their News Feeds from non-traditional media types and fan point of view. This is a tremendous opportunity for college students. It’s easy and fun. No one has to lug around heavy equipment, just make and edit videos on your phone,” said Kirk Berridge, founder and CEO of Fan Media Network.

This program is available to students who attend college in or near the following cities: Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington D.C.

Interested students can apply by installing the app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ or making a profile on the website http://fanmedianetwork.com/, and making one video 45-second video about your local NBA or NHL team. It can be a season preview video or any of the ideas listed above. We will contact you in the app or web site from our Newsroom to set you up from there.

Fan Media Announces College Basketball Internships

Cover your school’s basketball team this season on your phone from your point of view. This program can be customized from November through March Madness to meet your school requirements for credit. This is for journalism, broadcast, digital media and sports management students from the 135 schools that have a channel in our app and web site.

Fan Media will develop and collaborate with correspondents as mobile video journalists for social news coverage throughout the season. This is an opportunity to be on-camera, cover high-profile sports news, build your mobile demo reel and have fun.basketball internship

Fan Media is a social news sports network of mobile phone video correspondents for the top 250 NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS teams (Patent Pending).

Our world-class iPhone app and web site (supports Android users) have 250 team channels.

We are opening an entirely new market of mobile journalism and a low cost media model for sports news coverage.

Trained journalists, former college players and fans make 45-second videos on their phones for our network covering teams in their area from their point of view as social news coverage and compete each season to earn official status and money.

Interns will provide 45-second videos covering their college basketball team on a weekly basis, including: news reporting, commentary, criticism, analysis, fan interviews, moments, trending stories and public opinion. Fan Media Network will provide a correspondent kit with best practices for production quality and editorial direction.

Students will learn mobile video journalism in the field and strive to get into the News Feeds and Trending Stories of Facebook and Twitter as social news coverage. Videos can be shared from our iPhone app and web site into the News Feeds of Facebook and Twitter and the best videos get featured on Fan Media’s social brand pages.

“ESPN acknowledged sports media has shifted to fan-centric, bite size video that drives social media commentary. People are watching less TV. They are getting their news on social media. Sports fans now prefer bite size video coverage of news, games, events and moments in their News Feeds from non-traditional media types and fan point of view. This is a tremendous opportunity for college students. It’s easy and fun. No one has to lug around heavy equipment, just make and edit videos on your phone,” said Kirk Berridge, founder and CEO of Fan Media Network.

Interested students can apply by installing the app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ or making a profile on the website http://fanmedianetwork.com/, and making one video 45-second video about your college basketball team. It can be a season preview video or any of the ideas listed above. We will contact you in the app or web site from our Newsroom to set you up from there.

Former Alabama Football Players Provide Insight On Their Phones

Fan Media Network has announced two of its first Media Analysts for the 2017 college football season.

Kellen Williams was as an Offensive Lineman for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was part of a recruiting class that went 60-7. Alabama won three National Championships during his time in the program.Media Analysts

Andrew Davidson was a walk-on Safety for Alabama in 2011.

Fan Media Network is a social news sports network of mobile video correspondents for the top 250 NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS teams (Patent Pending).

Former student-athletes can cover their school’s team on their phone from their point of view with analysis, commentary, and news reporting. The app and web site have team channels for all 128 schools that play to participate in the College Football Playoff, plus some of the basketball powerhouse schools. This is an opportunity for former players to stay in the game, be on-camera, cover high-profile sports news, build their mobile demo reel, stay connected with their former schools and fans, and have fun.

Fan Media will continue to add Media Analysts throughout the season. Those interested can get involved by installing the app http://apple.co/1HhY2QQ, and making one video 45-second or less video about their college team.

Many NCAA schools and sports that typically don’t get much coverage will benefit from this social news coverage. Videos feature a simple Yes/No vote and are shared from the app and web site into the News Feeds of Facebook and Twitter as social news coverage. Fan Media Network will feature multiple official correspondents and Media Analysts for each team with coverage for all sports, offering multiple points of view.

Mobile journalists, former college players and fans can earn money in the app by providing social news coverage of sports news and teams in their area on their phones from their point of view. The app has a “Buy This Video” feature for newsrooms of local TV stations and newspaper web sites to buy bite size video coverage of news, games, events and moments for $50 from fans and $250 from official correspondents (trained journalists and former college players who Fan Media Network has promoted to official status) and the money goes into the mobile journalist’s bank account. The second way is fans can give money to mobile journalists in the app who they like or like their coverage, from their phone to the mobile journalist’s phone and the money goes into their bank account. Think of this as a PBS-type media model for viewer-supported news programs. Mobile journalists can use the money to help buy tickets, transportation, to upgrade their phones, services plans and to help cover other costs. The third way is brands can give influencers money for product placement in videos and or a fan testimonial on-camera on behalf of a brand and give them money from their phone to the fan’s phone and the money goes into the fan’s bank account. This is brand-to-fan mobile payments, a first in the world of advertising.

“Our social news sports network makes it easy and fun for former student-athletes to provide insight from their point of view on their phone with bite size videos. These opportunities were previously only reserved for TV and just a few select former players. Mobile phone video really opens it up. Not only will many schools and sports that don’t get much coverage benefit, but so will the fans,” said Kirk Berridge, founder and CEO of Fan Media Network.

This Dallas Startup Wants to Upend Sports Media – Dallas Business Journal

With the latest upgrades to its mobile app, Fan Media Network, a Dallas-based startup, has almost all the product capabilities it needs to start raising advertising funds and recruiting talent.

The development process has been almost three years in the making.

“We pretty much have everything I always wanted to build,” said Kirk Berridge, CEO of Fan Media Network.

Fan Media Network lets journalists, ex-players and fans upload 45-second reporting clips to its site or app. The mobile journalists makes money three different ways, Berridge said.

First, people who like the reporter’s content can give them money. Second, TV stations or newspapers can buy the clip to broadcast on its station or site. The cost is $50 if the mobile journalist is a fan and $250 if the person is a trained journalist or ex-player, which Fan Media Network gives official status to. The third way is through advertising.

The reporter keeps half, and Fan Media Network keeps half. This model allows people to use Fan Media Network’s platform, but doesn’t mean the company is paying the reporters or investing in expensive equipment.

Before this, the company had a controlled user environment where the talent has mainly been college broadcast and journalism students. Now, Berridge wants to target trained journalists who are being laid off from their jobs.

Sports media, and media in general, has seen tough times as it adjusts to consumers’ new demands. Even big companies like ESPN aren’t immune, as the sports media giant announced earlier this summer it was laying off more than 100 journalists.

“A lot of media companies are laying off journalists, good journalists,” Berridge said. “And this keeps journalism in the hands of trained journalists.”

Right now, Berridge said the company has about 25 trained, official journalists under its belt. By this fall, he wants that number to be 500. Football will be the main driver behind expansion.

Berridge thinks a year from now, newspapers and TV stations will be buying Fan Media Network’s videos and they’ll have a couple “blue chip” advertising brands on board.

Berridge sees most of the company’s revenue in the long haul coming through advertising. In the short term, partnerships with local media outlets will be the revenue driver.

When Berridge spoke with the Dallas Business Journal last year, he said he would close the company’s seed funding round and begin raising funds for Series A in 2017 Q1, but the company’s seed round is still open. Why the shift in strategy?

“We can spend time trying to go raise that kind of money or we can spend time trying to get the company advertiser funded,” he said. “That’s my domain of expertise and I’d rather spend my time doing that.”

Read the full article on the Dallas Business Journal