At a press conference this afternoon, AVN Media, S.A., The Avian Messenger’s parent company, announced its intention to increase resources devoted to covering extra-hortulanial news. At the same time, The Avian Messenger will begin to offer a selection of services, including local and extra-hortulanial news stories, feature articles, and commentary to other Park news organizations, as well as to analysts and Park Police services.
The news services, which are scheduled to become available by 1 July, will be offered on a subscription basis, according to the press release.
Confirming that her company is moving to position itself as a leader in newsgathering outside The Park, The Avian Messenger’s Editor-in-Chief, Donatella Falcon, announced the addition of three dozen journalists to its roster.
“These Birds will all be on the wire,” said Falcon, explaining that they will focus exclusively on transmitting extra-hortulanial stories to their home paper and to news service subscribers.
Many Park media analysts have called for more Avian journalists to be stationed outside The Park, saying that they have an edge in covering extra-hortulanial stories and that their services have, thus far, been underused. Others disagree, arguing that, while Avian journalists do bring a different perspective to stories, members of other species are just as able to gather and deliver news stories from outside The Park.
At the press conference, the company also confirmed that it is looking to expand beyond its present media interests.
“We don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket,” said Orville Condor, AVN’s Chief Executive Officer.
AVN Media is a Park-based media corporation, whose holdings include AVN Television and CLucK Radio, as well as The Avian Messenger.