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Here's one way to blend old traditions with new technology. Newspaper editor Scott Walker replaced the guts of a newspaper vending machine with a computer and video monitor. Instead of the front page of a newsprint paper, the window now shows digital pics of the front pages of newspapers from across the country. Here's more about his fun project.
Monday, November 12, 2007
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Friday, October 19, 2007
Just a few days after being named National Association of Hispanic Journalists' Broadcast Journalist of the Year, a Dallas reporter has been suspended by her station. It happened after viewer complaints about the way Rebecca Aguilar interviewed a 70-year-old man who had shot and killed an intruder. Read about it here and comment below.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Friday, October 5, 2007
We are fortunate at SIU that the Bayliss Foundation provides us with 6 PAID summer internships in the radio industry. These are available for stations all over the U.S. Plus, you can also apply for a $5000 Bayliss Scholarship. Krissi Geary-Boehm has the applications in her office (1032A).
Do you have a great idea for transforming community news using new technology? The Knight Foundation is funding the Knight News Challenge. The News Challenge includes $5 million dollars of awards for innovative ideas in transforming news. But $500,000 is specifically set aside for Young Creators (under 25). So, put on your thinking cap and enter here.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
When is a racial identification useful in a news story? When is it simply meaningless as a description? These are questions newsrooms across the country continue to debate. Viewers and listeners want to know what dangerous criminals look like, but a description like "black male in a green hooded shirt" could apply to potentially hundreds or thousands of residents. So, do you use the limited description you have? Or does it invite racial stereotyping? Here's an article about the current debate going on at the Sacramento Bee newspaper. I'm interested in your comments because there are interesting arguments on both sides.
Monday, September 24, 2007
I spend lots of time in class talking about how to shoot well-composed, exposed, steady video. But in the end, the most important thing is telling a good story. One of my favorite Video Journalists is a fellow named David Turecamo. Watch one of his pieces here and see what a good storyteller can do with just a handheld camera and excellent writing.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
That's why it's important to follow some ethical rules in how you cut audio sound bites.
Mary McGuire has a great list of guidelines here.
It's OK to "clean up" a quote, but never OK to change its meaning.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
SIU Alum Chris Bury has been a National Correspondent for ABC's Nightline since 1993. Now, the network is sending him back to Chicago as Midwest National Correspondent. That's good news on two fronts. First, we'll get to see more of Chris' reporting on other ABC News programs. And, since he's closer to Carbondale, perhaps we'll get to see him more often talking with students.
Chris has always been willing to come back to campus when he can. But now the logistics should be a little easier.
More on Chris' new assignment.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
A Chicago anchor apparently got in some hot water over his behavior at an off-duty going away party. WFLD's Mike Barz was said to have been "dirty dancing" with a female production assistant at a night club. Read about it here.
So what, you say? The point is...you've chosen a very public business to be in. No, you won't get the same paparazzi treatment as Britney, but you WILL give up lots of your privacy. You will be recognized when you go out. And, if you do something silly, everyone will soon know.
It doesn't always matter that you're thousands of miles from home, as anchorwoman Catherine Bosley found out in 2003.
If you're a woman, everything you wear will be critiqued every day by your audience. Your hairstyles, makeup, and weight will be constantly monitored by your "fans".
Living in a glass bowl is not easy.
Or...you could become a producer. Dress however you want, eat all the Frito's you want, become a regular at the local strip club, and spike your hair. No one will know. And you'll still get to control what goes on the air at 6 pm.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
One of the smartest guys in TV news is a guy named Don Hewitt. He was part of Edward R. Murrow's team at CBS in the in the 50s and 60s that virtually invented TV journalism. Another thing that Hewitt invented is a little program called 60 Minutes. That newsmagazine has been an award-winning cash-cow for CBS since 1968.
Hewitt was kinda pushed aside at 60 Minutes in 2004 in favor of a younger Exec Producer. But it seems Don isn't finished trying to innovate. He's trying to create an online newsmagazine aimed at and produced by college students. Read about it here.
Friday, August 31, 2007
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There's some discussion in Louisville today over the use of graphic video of a bank robber being shot to death yesterday. WHAS's cameras caught the robber being gunned down by a police SWAT team. And, although the station digitally blurred the image of the man actually being shot, some critics are saying the station went too far.
Watch the coverage here.
WHAS News Director Aaron Ramey defends his decision here.
What do you think?
Monday, August 27, 2007
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Neat image, isn't it? Especially for those of us who have spent too much time trying to fit just one more mic on the podium. Is this what the Governor sees as he looks out at our raised hands and focused lenses? This image is from photojournalist Bryan Frank. His blog can be found here.
It didn't take long for Anchorwoman to sign-off. After abysmal ratings, Fox canceled the series after just one episode. The rest will be available for viewing on Fox.com.
The hard reality for the Lauren Jones' of the world is....whether you're a real anchorwoman or a fake one, bad ratings will get you quickly replaced.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Fox's "Anchorwoman" reality show debuts Wednesday night. the show features former bikini model Lauren Jones in a month-long stint on the anchor desk at a small Texas station.
Critics say the show mocks journalism. But the small station's general manager defends his shop:
KYTX general manager Phil Hurley says the protests amount to schoolmarmish hand-wringing. “Entertainment and journalism have gone together for years,” he says. “Reporters spend a whole day reporting on Paris Hilton leaving her house, and they're criticizing me? I'm a little lost as to what the problem is.”
There's no doubt Jones isn't the first beauty queen to break into the news business, but most others have also had college training. And none have done the reality show bit. Still, it's hard to argue that TV news isn't largely driven by looks.
Some insiders say Jones actually was good on the desk...good enough that the station offered her a permanent job. She's now in talks with some other stations in larger markets.
"Look at all the women you see in broadcast journalism. A great many of them come from untraditional broadcast news backgrounds," Jones says.
So, for me, I've just been laughing the criticism off, and wondering what we're doing here that hasn't been done before."http://www.nypost.com/seven/08202007/tv/jones_for_news_tv_don_kaplan.htm
So what do you think? Is Jones making a mockery of broadcast journalism? Or does she deserve a chance to prove her worth? Post your comments.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
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