Shop Talk

Tri States Public Radio's weekly round table discussion of media related issues featuring News Director Rich Egger, WIU Broadcasting Professor Mike Murray and WIU Jounalism Professor Bill Knight.

The Washington Post recently reported on how ABC World News Tonight became the ratings champion. The Post's media reporter Paul Farhi wrote the newscast is brighter, tighter, and lighter with shorter stories and an emphasis on entertainment, crime, weather, and hot YouTube videos.

George Stephanopoulos, who hosts ABC 's "This Week" and is co-host of "Good Morning America," and who was a member of President Bill Clinton's administration, gave $75,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative, then did interviews about the foundation on the air without disclosing his contribution

On the website The Root, civil rights attorney Charles F. Coleman, Jr. contends the violence at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas was covered much differently than the violence a few weeks earlier in Baltimore, Maryland -- and this provides an example of how racism works.

The Des Moines Register sharply criticized Burlington, Des Moines County, and the state of Iowa for concealing information about the January death of Autumn Steele.

The Columbia Journalism Review reported Georgia Governor Nathan Deal touted his administration's ability to get its word out through social media while bypassing traditional media.  What's more, he made the comment during the Centennial Gala for the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

Both Jim Romenesko and TV Spy report that David Custer, an anchor at WNEM-TV in Saginaw, Michigan, tweeted a photo intended to spoof the movie Pretty Woman.

The Pew Research Center has released its annual report on the news media. It looks at website usage, TV news ratings, podcast listening, newspaper ad revenue, and more.

The RTDNA reports legislators in at least 18 states are considering measures to regulate public access to video from police body cameras.  Those states include Iowa and Missouri.

Burned Out on Reporting

Apr 28, 2015

Research by a University of Kansas professor found journalism burnout is affecting women more than men.  Burnout factors include exhaustion, cynicism, and a perceived lack of support from their employer.

An RTDNA survey of news outlets found television stations say they are focusing more on investigative reporting.  The Shop Talk panelists consider that surprising.

Rolling Stone magazine last week retracted the story it ran last fall about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia.  The retraction was issued after the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism looked into the story (at the magazine’s request) and found numerous flaws.

Many news outlets report on crime.  Some even make regular trips to police stations to check on reports.  The Shop Talk panelists were asked the question: how do you handle it when one of your own reporters is arrested?

The alleged corruption by Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) was uncovered through the digging done by reporters.  The Shop Talk panelists say this story demonstrates once again why it's important to have fully funded and staffed newsrooms.

In an article for the RTDNA, former TV news director Forrest Carr refers to this as The Age of Shoddy in journalism.  He wrote that instead of fact checking, New Media advocates think it is okay to report rumors and then check for veracity.

This is the 11th annual Sunshine Week.  It was started as a way of promoting the need for open and transparent government.  It's observed by journalists and many others who keep tabs on public servants.