I’ve spent my career trying to help old media companies use new platforms to reach younger audiences. I’ve led social media teams at ABC News, NBC News and Mashable. I created and executive produced the first news show on Snapchat, “Stay Tuned.” And after over a decade of trying one thing is dreadfully clear: we’re not fulfilling our duty to the next generation of news consumers and citizens.

That’s not say some news orgs aren’t valiantly trying. “Stay Tuned” is still reaching upwards of 30 million viewers a month on Snap. CNN had a slew of shows on the Facebook…


Yeah, this probably never happened.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A poor virgin and her soon-to-be husband are visited by angels telling them she’s going to give birth to the “son of God.” Compelled by a census to return to Joseph’s ancestral hometown, Mary is forced to give birth in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. The new family is visited by wise men who bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Sound familiar?

It’s the story of Jesus of Nazareth’s conception and birth—a story ubiquitous in the western world—as told by the first two chapters of…


Despite what you’ve heard, there’s actually been a ton of debate.

The most important concept in Christianity is accepting Jesus as one’s savior. Ask all of the world’s two billion or so professing Christians and they’ll most likely agree with that. There also tends to be a general agreement that through Christ, humankind is somehow reconciled with God. This is called atonement. It’s one of the few distinctly English words in theology that doesn’t derive from Hebrew, Greek, or Latin. It’s the combination of “at one,” as in, “to be in harmony with”. You are at “at one” with God…


The radical love and inclusiveness Jesus Christ preached is the same radical love at the center of our Queerness

When I was growing up in West Virginia, nearly every “Christian” in my life told me that being gay was a sin. Then they told me being gay wasn’t a sin, that acting gay was a sin. Be gay, just don’t be gay. Date girls, marry a woman, or spend eternity in Hell.

And when all of that failed, my best friend, who was like a brother to me, cut me out of his life completely. He compared being friends with…


Two books specifically made me confront my success—and my very existence.

Me outside 30 Rock in the summer of 2017.

When I was a kid growing up in West Virginia, the only thing I ever wanted to do was to work in network television. I came to New York City as a12-year-old boy, stood outside the TODAY show windows, and like so many others in this business, I was totally hooked.

In the twenty years since then, I’ve been incredibly lucky. I’ve worked with some amazing journalists, mentors, and producers at PBS, ABC News and, most recently, NBC News. …


One of the great challenges of modern journalism is getting your work in front of the right audience. But today, with the launch of our new Show on Snapchat — Stay Tuned — NBC News is taking a step to put the great work of our journalists in front of an entirely new audience.

Stay Tuned is a new twice-daily news Show on Snapchat, the first of its kind on this massive and important platform. …


Our readers are evolving the way they consume information, and as journalists, we must evolve too.

I grew up in a newsroom. My mother was a longtime reporter for the Fairmont Times-West Virginian. My sister and I would accompany her on reporting trips and some of my most cherished memories come from that. But through those trips, she instilled on us the essentialness of her work—the work of journalists in keeping our country free.

She had done lengthy investigations of Grafton, West Virginia’s corrupt Economic Development Authority and later a corrupt City Manager. And every morning, her work would be…


If you’re not from West Virginia, you probably haven’t heard that our state is going through a massive budget crisis. The Republican-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor can’t agree on how to fix a massive $270 million shortfall in the state’s budget.

Republicans want across the board cuts and no tax increases, while Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a term-limited Democrat not up for re-election, favors a mixture of spending cuts and tax increases. The state’s only major newspaper, the Charleston Gazette-Mail, has done a great job at covering the daily back-and-forth.

But we didn’t think the reality of this debate…


To be fair I don’t really consider myself a Journalist. I hope to be one when I grow up.

I have always loved poetry. Well to be honest, I didn’t really love poetry until I found the poetry that spoke to me some time in my senior year of high school. Yes, we had read “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “Success is counted sweetest” and “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” in AP English. The poems we were forced to read were mostly the domain of old, dead white people.

But then I discovered e.e. cummings. I…

Andrew Springer

Journalist and Producer 🏳️‍🌈✝️

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