Shop Talk

Shop Talk
2:15 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Shop Talk - December 13

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss CNN's recent decision to fire around 50 staff members, including nearly a dozen photojournalists. The network based its decision on the increasing accessibility of cameras and the growth of citizen journalism.

Citizen journalism can be a useful resource for complementing the work of professionals. It can also provide video from places where a network journalist might not be when news breaks, such as a tornado.

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Shop Talk
4:14 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Shop Talk - December 6

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss the role reporters should play in analyzing political ads. Many news stories about campaign ads focus on how effective the commercial is but don't explore whether it's truthful.

Panelist Bill Knight believes there is room for both types of coverage. He thinks the main focus should be on whether the ad is truthful. He thinks an ad's effectiveness should be the subject of a sidebar story.

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Shop Talk
12:48 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Shop Talk - November 29

Macomb, IL – The panelists examine why journalism and public relations programs at universities are often closely tied to together.

Journalists and public relations professionals are both in the business of disseminating information. But they have differing philosophies on how that information should be used.

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Shop Talk
10:40 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Shop Talk - November 22

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss the challenges facing TV's nightly newscasts.

Viewership is still strong for the three major networks, though audience numbers have decreased over the years as the potential sources of news have increased. The around-the-clock news cycle means Americans no longer need to tune in to the nightly news for a digest of what happened in the world.

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Shop Talk
3:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Shop Talk - November 15

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss media coverage of the scandal at Penn State University.

Former PSU football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is charged with 40 criminal counts of molesting young boys. Legendary head football coach Joe Paterno lost his job as a result of the scandal and the university president was also dismissed.

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Shop Talk
1:02 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Shop Talk - November 8

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss the "First in Print" or "Only in Print" promotion touted by Gatehouse newspapers. The idea presumably is to sway on-line readers to buy a print copy of the newspaper.

The Shop Talk panelists feel this is a poor idea. They believe news organizations should integrate their stories between platforms rather than trying to compete with themselves by not offering some stories on-line.

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Shop Talk
4:33 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Shop Talk - November 1

Macomb, IL – The panelists talk about NPR's latest snafu -- this one involving "World of Opera" host Lisa Simeone.

The network tried to have Simeone fired for taking a leading role in the Freedom Plaza occupation in Washington DC. NPR has told employees they should not participate in political rallies.

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Shop Talk
2:49 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Shop Talk - October 25

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's plan to push for even more access to public records.

Branstad, who is a Republican, said he wants better enforcement of open meetings and open records laws. He says lobbyists representing local governments helped defeat the bill last year.

Branstad also announced all open records requests received by his office will be posted on-line. In addition, his office will detail each was resolved.

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Shop Talk
12:24 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Shop Talk - October 18

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

They feel the mainstream media was slow to react to the protests, and panelist Mike Murray believes many news organizations continue to give short shrift to the movement. He compares the coverage to the way the media portrayed Vietnam War protesters during the late 1960s and early '70s.

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Shop Talk
12:57 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Shop Talk - October 11

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss a $4.1 million Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant to American Public Media for expanding its network of "citizen sources."

The Associated Press reports the grant will be funded over two years. The money will be used to add 100,000 more people to APM to share information with more than 50 newsrooms. The "citizen sources" will help beef up coverage from courthouse and statehouses.

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