Shop Talk

Tri States Public Radio's weekly round table discussion of media related issues featuring News Director Rich Egger and fellow panelists Jasmine Crighton, News Coordinator for the Western Illinois University Department of Broadcasting, and Rich Moreno, adviser for the Western Courier.

Ruing the Loss of TOTN

Jul 2, 2013

The Shop Talk panelists discuss Talk of the Nation, the long-running NPR talk show that aired for the final time last week.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the idea of creating a secrecy beat to try ensuring government remains transparent.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the challenges facing the PBS NewsHour, which has seen its funding support drop and last week made numerous staff cuts.

The Shop Talk panelists talk about politicians who are using YouTube and social media to make announcements rather than holding news conferences.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the Chicago Sun Times’ decision to lay off all 28 of its fulltime photographers.

One day later, reporters received a memo about a training program for using their phones to take photos in the field.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the struggles endured in the past year by The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the US Justice Department’s seizure of phone records from the Associated Press.  The Obama administration claimed it was a matter of national security.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the compensation for top executives of major media companies.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss a column by RTDNA Chairman Vincent Duffy, who said he is worried about the future of commercial radio news for three reasons:

The panelists discuss the changes coming to the two largest newspapers in Lee County.

Mississippi Valley Media says the Daily Gate City and the Daily Democrat will publish four days per week. A shopper-style paper with news mixed in will be published the fifth day. The changes go into effect May 6.

The Shop Talk panelists talk about an appeals court ruling that Aereo does not violate copyright law. An article in Gigaom called it the biggest blow yet to the existing TV business.

The panelists discuss a recent controversy at a law school that initially prevented the student newspaper from printing a story.

The Pioneer Log covered an appearance at Lewis & Clark Law School by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. But The Oregonian reported school administrators insisted the story needed to be cleared by the Supreme Court’s press office before it could be published.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss political blogger Andrew Sullivan’s decision to charge readers to subscribe to his blog.

NPR’s Planet Money team reported Sullivan is charging $19.99 or more per year for subscriptions. It quoted him as saying, “It was either quit blogging, or suck it up and become a businessman.”

Most bloggers try to make money by selling ads, but Sullivan indicated he wanted to avoid selling ads because they chase away page views.

The panelists talk about the upcoming National Summit on Plagiarism and Fabrication.

The RTDNA reports the summit will be held in St Louis on Friday, April 5, as part of the American Copy Editors Society national conference. It will include a panel discussion on the common causes of plagiarism, steps to prevent it, and how to handle incidents.

The Shop Talk panelists wonder if the practice of on-line aggregation has more people thinking it’s okay to use the work of others without giving attribution.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the New York Times’ decision to do away with its environmental reporting “pod” and its “green” blog. The pod was a group of reporters and editors who focused solely on the environment.

Readers and critics have criticized the changes and the timing of the announcements – news of the blog’s demise was released on a Friday afternoon, which is a good time to release an announcement that you don’t want many people to hear.

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