by Chuck Colbert
NBC News has launched its newest vertical web portal this month, providing original content on LGBT life and culture.
As NBC News senior vice president of diversity and talent, Yvette Miley, said in a press release, “NBC OUT is the first LGBTQ news vertical created by a major broadcast media organization. All summer long, NBC OUT will showcase enterprise reporting, original video, and a range of unique content geared towards the political, cultural, and social interests of the LGTBQ community.”
NBC OUT is available at www.nbcout.com.
The National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA) praised NBC.
“NBC News has been a strong ally and partner of NLGJA for many years,” said Adam Pawlus, the non-profit’s executive director. “NBC OUT is a fantastic opportunity to showcase enterprise reporting, original video and other unique content about and of interest to the LGBTQ community.”
NLGJA member Brooke Sopelsa has been named managing editor of NBC OUT. In a letter from the editor posted to the site recently, she wrote: “[O]ur acronym may only include a handful of letters, but the variety within each of them is vast. Keeping this in mind, the NBC OUT team is committed to highlighting content that spans the spectrum — from a profile piece about an intersex millennial to an article about cisgender, black gay men in history, and a multimedia report about a Thai immigrant who started a transgender modelling agency.”
Ryan Williams, NBC News director of multicultural initiatives, will oversee strategy and development of NBC OUT, along with NBC News’ other verticals, NBC BLK, NBC Latino, and NBC Asian America.
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