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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.