Staying relevant

Staying relevant

by Gregg Palermo The message was clear: In this age of technological change and 24-hour news cycles, journalists have a relevant role to play in our society. We’ve heard that message a lot lately, especially in the face of tough economic times that have impacted every newsroom in the country in some shape or form.  […]

Making the complicated plain

Making the complicated plain

How do you make a complex issue like health care or the financial meltdown comprehensible? Graphics can help, and they don’t have to be elaborate. ABC News Reporter John Hendren used cartoon drawings to explain how “toxic assets” at banks are like rotten apples at a fruit stand. The analogy helped to clarify the problem […]

How to be a positive TV news producer

How to be a positive TV news producer

By Holly Edgell, Executive Producer, KOMU-TV and Assistant Professor, The Missouri School of Journalism While producers don’t have the official title of manager, they must develop leadership strategies to manage resources and empower their peers to do their best work. I have found that the best way to develop a great working environment — and […]

Network newscasts aren't all that retro

Network newscasts aren’t all that retro

Have you watched a network evening news program lately? Americans who would answer “no” to that question far outnumber those who’d say “yes.” According to conventional wisdom, the nightly national newscasts are either boring and predictable or soft and sensational. But have you actually watched a network evening news program lately? In his new book, […]