My Artist’s Statement

When I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, they asked for my artist’s statement. I’d written one once before for a grant and I’ve written bios galore. But never an overall artist’s statement. I loved the idea. Should have done this long ago. Of course, I think every artist of all sorts … Continue reading

MSNBC On Air Tension & Drama

Interesting discussion today at Media Bistro involving drama at MSNBC. Anchor Brian Williams was on The Daily Show and Jon Stewart asked him what’s going on. Check it out HERE. Be sure to read the comments there for added discussion. Also, check out THIS STORY about the on air drama at MSNBC for background.

Jon Stewart: The most trusted person in America?

The New York Times today asks, “Is Jon Stewart the most trusted man in America?” I personally love him. He uts through a lot of the, well, crap, that other “real news” outlets glaze right over. The NYT goes on to say, When Americans were asked in a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center … Continue reading

Pay Per Sip in TV News?

Today’s discussion item comes from the New York Times. Brought to my attention via Media Bistro. It’s about product placement in TV news. The same thing as being described in the Times has already happened in other cities, notably comes to mind in Phoenix where several years ago Duncan Donuts coffees were mandatory on the … Continue reading

Journalism & Blogging

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the relationship between journalism and blogging. A journalist can be a blogger, but a blogger is not always a journalist. There are some great blogs out there that report news on a variety of things for their readers, no matter how small their circulation numbers. That is a … Continue reading

Crime & TV News

For today’s blog entry, I’m going to paste a book review I’ve previously written but haven’t published. It’s all about crime and TV news coverage. Check it out: The Book: Lipschultz, J. & Hilt, M. (2002). Crime and Local Television News: Dramatic, Breaking, and Live From The Scene. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates My … Continue reading

J movies every journalist should see

These films all highlight important ethical issues that journalists face. (Details from Absence of Malice (1981) Directed by Sydney Pollack “Tagline: Suppose you picked up this morning’s newspaper and your life was a front page headline… And everything they said was accurate… But none of it was true.” Starring Paul Newman and Sally Field … Continue reading

Why you should listen to your professors and learn it all!

I’m sitting here thinking about how happy I am that I decided to NOT get a degree in TV News. If you told me that about ten years ago I would have thought you were crazy. Back then I was just starting in the biz and was gung-ho. I did not know that TV news … Continue reading

TV Burnout Help

Need some help to shake your burnout on the job? Here’s an excerpt from my findings about how news people and their stations can deal with it… Stations can manage burnout and burnout risks by offering educational and training opportunities, having satisfactory daily schedules, and offering enough vacation time. Producers can manage burnout by seeking … Continue reading


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