Shop Talk

Shop Talk – January 8
2:05 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Newspaper to Focus on Broadcasting

The panelists talk about plans by the Tribune Company to sell its newspapers – including the Chicago Tribune – and focus on its cable television network.

The report from Reuters said the company’s Board of Directors includes many former TV executives, who are expected to soon begin the process of selling most, if not all, of the Tribune-owned newspapers as the company emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Shop Talk – December 18
11:39 am
Tue December 18, 2012

TV Stations Localizing Packaged Material

The panelists discuss a Washington Post article about how local TV stations across the country end up broadcasting the identical story.

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Shop Talk – December 11
2:15 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Using Drones to Cover News

The panelists discuss whether media organizations should start using drones in their reporting, especially of breaking news.

Vince Duffy, Chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association, writes about drones in a recent column. He pointed out it is much cheaper to buy a drone than pay for a helicopter and pilot. The tool is already being used by some news organizations.

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Shop Talk – December 4
10:23 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Recording Police in Public

The panelists discuss a US Supreme Court ruling on whether people can record Illinois police officers performing their duties in public.

The AP reports the high court went along with a lower court ruling that found the state’s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights when used against people who make audio recordings of law enforcement officers.

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Shop Talk – November 27
11:20 am
Tue November 27, 2012

A Profitable(!) New Model for Journalism

The panelists talk about the future of journalism, focusing on one particular start up that has enjoyed some success.

An article in Columbia Journalism Review labels This Land Press as “…perhaps the best for-profit local journalism startup in the country…” The article said This Land is on pace to turn a profit by next spring, just a couple years after it started.

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Shop Talk – November 20
11:01 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Journalists vs Spin Doctors

The panelists talk about the challenges journalists face when so many public relations specialists are working to put their own spin on events.

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Shop Talk – November 13
3:11 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Post Election News Coverage

The panelists discuss news coverage of the results of the 2012 presidential election.

Much of the discussion centers around Republican consultant and Fox commentator Karl Rove’s insistence on election night that Fox was jumping the gun by declaring President Barack Obama had won Ohio and thus earned enough electoral votes to be re-elected.

The panelists credit Fox for sticking with its projections – which proved to be correct. Ultimately reporting won out over partisan spin.

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Shop Talk – November 6
11:39 am
Tue November 6, 2012

How Voters Followed the Presidential Campaign

The panelists talk about a study that found Americans used nearly every news platform available in the weeks before the November 6 election.

The study was done by the Pew Research Center.  It said the biggest gains came on the Internet – both to the websites of traditional news sources and those native to the web. Television was found to be the most useful source of campaign news.

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Shop Talk – October 30
10:42 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Turning Experts into Journalists

The panelists discuss an experiment at the University of Toronto to turn experts into journalists rather than journalists into experts.

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Shop Talk – October 23
12:04 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

An On-Line Only News Magazine

The Shop Talk panelists discuss Newsweek’s decision to publish its final print edition on December 31. After that the weekly magazine will be available only in digital formats.

The magazine was first published 80 years ago. Reuters reports the digital version will be called Newsweek Global. There will be a single, worldwide version.  

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