What’s Everyone

Screaming About?

Conan O’Brien pointed out a flaw in local television news when he showed a montage of 26 anchors all giving the same lead for a story on ice cream apps.

The audience laughs and applauds, but is it really funny?

I concur with O’Brien when he says, “It scares me.”

The video sheds light on many issues journalism faces. What it comes down to is this:


We need to be more creative and open-minded. We need to embrace all of the resources at our fingertips rather than ignore them, hoping that they’ll go away and things will return to the glory days of journalism when the news was read and viewed on our schedule instead of the people’s.

Arizona State’s Tim McGuire makes a plethora of valid points regarding what he believe the future of the media looks like. I suggest reading his post or at least a brief summary of it on the blog.


Since when do we give quote

approval to politicians?

Reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Reuters are all doing it: succumbing to the quote approval demands of politicians and campaign staff members in order to get interviews with them. They’re finally getting the juicy interviews they have always wanted, but what is published is as dry as the drought that’s threatening this year’s harvest.

The quotes come “stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative,” according to The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters.

Peters writes, “It is a double-edged sword for journalists, who are getting the on-the-record quotes they have long asked for, but losing much of the spontaneity and authenticity of their interviews.”

Journalists in Peters’ article all state their dislike of the agreements they’ve made in order to get their stories, but they see few other options. They also say they have yet to encounter situations in which the quote approval has altered the meaning of what was said.

So we ask you, what do you you think of this? Would you grant quote approval to a source?

10 Tips From RTDNA On

How To Win A Job In TV News

Carlton Houston, KTUL news director, created a list of ten ways to snag a job in TV news. But these tips can be applied to any interview or job search. Here is the list:

1. Learn to write, and write well.

2. Be courteous and respectful.

3. Show your enthusiasm.

4. Don’t trust Google.

5. Learn how to hold a conversation with all types of people.

6. Be nice to the receptionist.

7. Carry a notebook and printed copies of your resume.

8. Know the difference between texting and email etiquette.

9. Be upfront about other employment offers.

10. Send a thank you note! (See one of our other blog posts)

Desperation Smells Like Bacon?

Thanks to a post by Romenesko¬†(who in turn was tipped off by his subscribers), I found perhaps the most creative ad for a reporter’s job than any I’ve seen before. The employers for this ad know what desperation smells like (apparently it’s bacon), so please don’t waste their time.

The position, posted on journalismjobs.com by Dolan Media/New Orleans CityBusiness, is titled “REPORTERS – Don’t bother reading this if you have a cut-and-paste cover letter.”

Don’t reply to the ad if:

– You’ve “always wanted to be a writer”

– Your best story came from covering a meeting

– You prefer conducting most of your interviews over the phone

– You feel news releases are the best places to find story ideas

– College professors still make up the bulk of your references

– You prefer “flexible” deadlines

However, if you’re “a rodeo clown with impeccable grooming skills who can offer sound financial advice” you just might capture their attention long enough to make something happen.

I wonder how many applied….

Honoring The Fallen:

Armando Montano

It’s never easy reading about someone’s passing. Especially someone within our own field.

Armando Montano, 22, was found dead in an elevator shaft yesterday morning (July 1) in Mexico City. He was working there as a news intern for The Associated Press for the summer. The investigation of his death is being conducted by Mexican authorities and monitored by the U.S. embassy.

¬†Montano, a resident of Colorado Springs, covered stories including the shooting of three federal policemen in Mexico City’s international airport. He was not on assignment at the time of his death and had plans to attend a master’s degree program at the University of Barcelona in the fall.

Marjorie Miller, the AP’s Latin America editor based in Mexico City, said in an AP article on The Washington Post’s website, “[Armando] absolutely loved journalism and was soaking up everything he could. In his short time with the AP, he won his way into everyone’s hearts with his hard work, his effervescence and his love of the profession.”