Monday, October 29, 2007

This is really neat...and really scary.

Read about Northwestern University's News at Seven here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Congratulations to SIU RT graduate Molly Crow. A newscast that she produced earlier this year at KFYR-TV in Bismark, ND just won a regional Emmy award. Molly has since moved 0n to the ABC affliate in Albany, NY.

A Beauty Pageant Mentality?

No one denies that looks matter in TV news. But former network correspondent Deborah Potter argues that the emphasis on beauty has gone too far...especially for women.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Advancing your Career as TV Audiences Shrink

This article has some good advice for those preparing for a career in broadcast news.....or those already in it. Those who can prepare and adapt for the future will thrive. Read it here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Suspended for Being Insensitive

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.

More PAID Internships

The National Association of Black Journalists offers paid summer internships at selected news organizations around the country. The deadline for application is December 3. You must be a member of NABJ (we have a good local chapter here at SIU).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

TV Time

Americans watch a LOT of television. Or, at least, the TV is turned on a lot. Nielson Media Research says the TV was on more than 8 hours a day in the average home. More here.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Live....Local.....and Pointless

Baltimore Sun Newspaper critic Kevin Cowherd takes on the issue of TV reporters standing outside dark buildings where news occurred hours earlier.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Nat Sound Matters for Video

Watch these two versions of the same TV with and one without Nat Sound. What a big difference!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Approaching Sports Differently

Some TV stations have dropped the sports segments from their newscasts...or dramatically shortened those segments. But Kevin Benz of News8Austin thinks that's the wrong approach.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Paid, Yes Paid, Internships

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).

You could get up to $500,000

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

BEA Scholarships Available

October 11 is the deadline for submitting applications for Broadcast Education Association Scholarships. There are about a dozen scholarships available, some for as much as $5000. You can get application materials here.

ABC News One Man Bureaus

ABC News says it is opening some new foreign mini-bureaus. The interesting part is that these new bureaus will be comprised of just one "digital journalist" with a small DVCAM and a laptop. Read about it here.