Archive for the ‘Journalism’ Category

Stewart inherits Cronkite’s mantle. Say wha?

July 26, 2009

Time Magazine polls lists Jon Stewart as nation’s top newscaster. The poll apparently came as an afterthought that wondered aloud who is the most trusted man in America after the death of Walter Cronkite.

Shocking as it might seem, Jon Stewart probably IS the best newscaster on TV.

Here’s what you get in a 30-minute show: 10 minutes of headlines; 10 minutes of features/skits; and 10-minutes of interview with a newsmaker.

Sure, he makes the points with humor, and he’s quick to call his schtick “fake news,” but there is a lot of TRUTH amongst the jokery.

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It’s a matter of record…

March 20, 2009

Newspapers often pride themselves as prodiving the “record” of news, critical events and information. So, how does a print publication of record fare in a modern environment where print seems to be becoming a vanishing breed?

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Interviewing skills…

February 27, 2009

Inside the Actor’s Studio, the periodic television show, is often predictable, with host James Lipton almost fawning over his guests, tossing them softball questions and heaping much flattery upon them. However, there is one segment near the end of each show that often provides more insights into the guest than the most of the show preceding it.

And, it is from the segment that I think we all can take a lesson on how to become a more effective interviewer. The goal of an interview is to draw out a subject and have them reveal new and interesting things about themselves.

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Personality profile critique & tips

February 26, 2009

Last week’s exercise in writing a personality profile about a classmate was a first real venture into writing a news piece on deadline. I have read all the stories and will return them Thursday. Based on this reading, I will offer some generalizations. However, there ae the beginning of several compelling stories in what you wrote.

Here are some tips and suggestions.

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