Shop Talk

The Future of Public Radio
11:54 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Shop Talk - June 26

The panelists follow up on last week's discussion about the future of newspapers by talking about the future of public radio.

Minnesota Public Radio journalist Bob Collins questioned in a blog whether public radio is still willing to take risks. He wondered if a program such as A Prairie Home Companion would be given a chance if it were introduced today.

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The Future of Print
1:44 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Shop Talk - June 19

The panelists talk about the New Orleans Times-Picayune's recent decision to cut back to just three print editions per week.  The 175-year old newspaper also handed out pink slips to numerous employees last week.

Panelist Lisa Kernek believes there is a move in the industry toward creating a hybrid between an on-line newspaper and one that's in print. She is saddened by the news out of New Orleans, though she thinks print will not go away.

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The Watergate Break-In
12:37 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Shoptalk - June 12

The panelists talk about the past, present, and future of investigative journalism.

The starting point is the Watergate investigation.  Sunday, June 17, marks the 40th anniversary of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, which started an investigation that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He is the only American president to resign from office.

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Internet radio
11:15 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Shop Talk - June 5

The panelists talk about Internet radio. Listenership is up about 8% in the past year.

Panelist Lisa Kernek said she listens for programs that she missed and programs that are not carried in this market.

Kernek said research shows more people are using their cell phones to listen to radio in the car and the numbers are expected to continue growing as more people get smart phones.

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Breaking An Embargo
1:43 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Shop Talk - May 29

The panelists discuss an apology issued by the Associated Press 67 years after the fact.

AP rebuked and then fired correspondent Edward Kennedy after he reported -- a full day ahead of the competition -- that the Germans had unconditionally surrendered in World War II.  Kennedy was one of 17 reporters who witnessed the surrender ceremony. But in exchange for being allowed to see the ceremony, they were barred from reporting on it until authorized by Allied headquarters.

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Political Advertising Info
10:53 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Shop Talk - May 22

The panelists talk about a new requirement regarding the political advertising sold by network television stations in the nation's 50 largest markets.

The FCC board voted to have those stations post certain data on-line. That includes information on who bought political ads, when, and how much they paid.

Broadcasters are already required to file the information at their stations but the board feels it will be more accessible if posted on the web.

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Eavedropping Law Overruled
3:27 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Shop Talk - May 15

The panelists talk about a federal appeals court ruling on Illinois' eavesdropping law.

The Chicago Tribune reports the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals in Chicago found the law “likely violates” the First Amendment. The court ordered authorities to stop enforcing it.

The law made it illegal to audio record police officers in public without their consent. Violators faced harsh prison sentences.

The matter became an issue because of the NATO summit scheduled to be held in Chicago on May 20 & 21, 2012.

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Reporting Among Worst Jobs
11:47 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Shop Talk - May 8

The panelists talk about an article on the CareerCast website, which said newspaper reporter and broadcaster are two of the worst jobs of 2012.

The article said, “As the digital world continues to take over and provide on-demand  information, the need for print newspapers and daily newscasts is diminishing. To be sure, both jobs once seemed glamorous, but on-the-job stress, declining job opportunities and income levels are what landed them on our Worst Jobs list.”

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Final Show for Bill Knight
12:00 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Shop Talk - May 1

This week's program is about Bill Knight's career and changes in the news industry. In addition, Lisa Kernek joins the panel to replace Knight.

Knight graduated from WIU, went on to be a reporter, and came back to Western to teach in the early 1990s. He never stopped writing and reporting, and will continue to do commentaries on Tri States Public Radio.

Knight said there have been many changes in the newspaper industry over the years. He said the one creating the biggest impact right now is in management.

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The Downward Spiral of Cable News
3:22 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Shop Talk - April 24

The panelists talk about the late Mike Wallace's lament about cable news, which he dismissed as “opinion, gossip, and scandal.”

Wallace said, “News today has become yammer, yammer, yammer. It's infotainment. It used to be a race to the top. To a certain degree news today is a race to the bottom.”

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