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Great Moments in Journalism
July 10, 2014, 7:25 am
Filed under: TV News

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Great Moments in Journalism
June 13, 2014, 9:56 am
Filed under: TV News

So it turns out there may be a sports anchor worse than Drew Soicher – San Antonio’s Cory Smith.

Great Moments in Journalism
March 10, 2014, 11:39 am
Filed under: Fox News, TV News

Oh, the irony.

Great Moments in Journalism
March 3, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: TV News

Which is tougher – A snow plow or a road-side reporter? Slide ahead to the 0:45 mark to find out.

Great Moments in Journalism
February 20, 2014, 3:19 pm
Filed under: TV News

Wouldn’t you be more likely to watch the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams if this showed up every once in a while?

Great Moments in Journalism
January 28, 2014, 4:18 pm
Filed under: TV News

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore plays a little offense with a (hopefully) drunk college student.

(Hat tip: Jeni Anderson)

Great Moments in Journalism
January 24, 2014, 3:42 pm
Filed under: TV News

I wish NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell had resigned on the spot rather than make this one of the defining moments of her career:

Great Moments in Journalism – 2013 Edition
December 31, 2013, 2:07 pm
Filed under: TV News

The definitive list of the best news bloopers of 2013 (hat tip to Brad Bawmann).

Kyle Clark’s Snow ‘Rant’ Goes National
November 25, 2013, 9:43 am
Filed under: KUSA, TV News

Bravo to 9News anchor Kyle Clark, whose demand for better snow pictures has made it all the way to CNN.

Great Moments in Journalism, Halloween Edition
November 1, 2013, 1:39 pm
Filed under: TV News

Great Moments in Journalism
October 7, 2013, 7:09 pm
Filed under: TV News

7News Adds ‘Amazing Race’ Contestant as Anchor
September 5, 2013, 8:55 am
Filed under: Jobs, TV News

7News has added Emmy award-winning reporter and former “The Amazing Race” contestant Kellie Patterson as a morning anchor. Patterson joins 7News from WCNC, the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.

Great Moments in Journalism
August 27, 2013, 5:17 pm
Filed under: TV News

Damn you, Miley Cyrus.


Great Moments in Journalism
July 12, 2013, 2:03 pm
Filed under: TV News

Seriously, KTVU. The name “Ho Lee Fuk” didn’t set off an alarm bell? Even after it followed “Sum Ting Wong?”

Post Signs Content-Sharing Agreement with 7News
June 28, 2013, 9:35 am
Filed under: Denver Post, TV News

A month after its news-sharing partnership deal with 9News ended, The Denver Post has inked a similar deal with 7News. Joanne Ostrow has the details.

Great Moments in Journalism
June 28, 2013, 9:27 am
Filed under: TV News

The greatest fear of all television anchors: the teleprompter dies mid-broadcast.

Great Moments in Journalism
June 4, 2013, 11:09 am
Filed under: TV News

When anchors and meteorologists (passively aggressively) fight …

Hat tip: Julie Scott

Catfight Alert: Fox31 and 9News
May 22, 2013, 8:18 am
Filed under: Fox31, KUSA, TV News

Fox31 and reporter Hendrik Sybrandy may be playing a little defense after 9News fact-checked a recent Fox31 story about an Italian gun manufacturer executive being mistaken for a terrorist and determined the whole thing was a “hoax.

UPDATE: Fox31 has pulled the online version of its story, but not made any statement about why or offered a correction.

Great Moments in Journalism
April 22, 2013, 7:45 am
Filed under: TV News

In his inaugural (and likely farewell) broadcast, KYFR anchor A.J. Clemente learns that the old adage “Treat every mic as if it is live” is a pretty good one:

UPDATE: And, as expected, KYFR let A.J. go.

Paging Kathy Sabine …
April 10, 2013, 8:58 am
Filed under: TV News

Great Moments in Journalism
February 1, 2013, 9:20 am
Filed under: journalism, TV News

Great Moments in Journalism
November 13, 2012, 10:07 am
Filed under: KMGH, TV News

From Denver’s own Channel 7:


News Director Jeff Harris explained:

“It was a regrettable and embarrassing error. We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast. The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored. We sincerely regret the error and have corrected the story to prevent any recurrence of its broadcast. We are following up internally as well, to avoid a repeat of this inexcusable oversight.”

Hat Tip: Michael Roberts at Westword


Pool Agreements Change How Denver TV Stations Cover News
July 27, 2012, 1:59 pm
Filed under: TV News

Poynter examines how the agreement among Denver TV news stations to pool interviews has affected coverage of events such as the Aurora theater shooting.

Great Moments in Meteorology
March 8, 2012, 9:29 am
Filed under: TV News

Maybe if Kathy Sabine’s forecasts were right more often, she’d get letters like this instead of blogs like this.

Hat tip: @SkiPRGirl

Great Moments in Journalism XXXVII
August 18, 2011, 8:36 am
Filed under: TV News

Just because you are wearing ear protection doesn’t mean your microphone is.

Great Moments in Journalism XXXIV
October 22, 2010, 8:23 pm
Filed under: TV News

Afternoon thunderstorms have never looked so … pornographic.












(Hat tip: Gizmodo)

Bar & Grilled: Ron Zappolo
September 2, 2010, 7:38 am
Filed under: Fox31, TV News

Fox31 anchor Ron Zappolo is the subject of Bill Husted’s “Bar & Grilled” column this morning. One interesting quote:

If you listen to the smart guys, they say (the future of local TV news is) not very bright. There will always be local news, but the face of it is going to change. I don’t think you’re going to see people like me anymore, people who spend 35 years in one market. You’re going to see a lot more young people with shorter deals, more turnover. I’m a survivor. People ask me what I’ve accomplished and I say, “I survived.”

Great Moments in Journalism XXXI
July 20, 2010, 4:13 pm
Filed under: TV News

A Fox reporter plays human Frogger with skateboarding kids.

Great Moments in Journalism XXX
July 1, 2010, 2:34 pm
Filed under: TV News

Well, it’s official: We have found rock-bottom for local TV news. The Independent News Network has created “local news in a box” for small markets such as Davenport, Iowa, and Montgomery, Alabama.

Great Moments in Journalism XXVII
May 14, 2010, 3:19 pm
Filed under: TV News

You know it’s going to be a “Great Moment in Journalism” when a CBS affiliate’s “I-Team” investigator has to turn his sights on his own station’s morning news show.

Great Moments in Journalism XXVII
April 20, 2010, 7:48 am
Filed under: TV News

How many cockroaches does it take to freak out a weatherman meteorologist? Just one.

Expect Cost-cutting to Result in More Solo TV Anchors
April 13, 2010, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, TV News

Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has seen the future of Denver television news, and it does not include co-anchors such as Karen Leigh, Libby Weaver and Mark Koebrich. Instead, expect more of the 20-20-20 rule: “Hire 20-year-olds, pay them $20,000 a year and have them work 20-hour days.”

Great Moments in Journalism XXVI
March 30, 2010, 7:31 pm
Filed under: New York Times, TV News

Ahhhh, Russia. It is so quaint how you are always 30 60 years behind us. If you were watching cable news here in the states on Monday morning, it was nearly impossible to avoid updates on the Moscow subway bombing. In Russia, not so much. As the New York Times reported, “Channel 1, a main government station, reported briefly on the attacks at 8:30 a.m., a half-hour after the first blast, but did not mention them again until noon.”

Why?, you may ask. Because, according to Channel 1’s Larisa L. Krymova, updates were unnecessary: “The majority of people who are not journalists leave the house before 9 in the morning. After that, the majority of people who watch TV are housewives.”

CBS4’s Leigh Discusses Pregnancy, Engagement
February 22, 2010, 2:21 pm
Filed under: KCNC, TV News

The rumors have been circulating for a little while that CBS4 lead anchor Karen Leigh is pregnant, so I’ve been curious if there would be any backlash to the fact that she is not married. Most people wouldn’t care, of course, but TV news viewership tends to skew a little old and cranky.

But so far, there hasn’t been much noise. And credit Leigh for getting ahead of the story with this blog post. She smartly humanized her situation in a way that should take the air out of those who might criticize her.

Great Moments in Journalism XXV
February 8, 2010, 11:50 am
Filed under: TV News

If you are like me, you want a little ‘Roid Rage mixed in with your weather. Time to step your game up, Kathy Sabine.

(Hat tip to Jenn Kostka)

Secret Tricks of Television News Exposed
January 29, 2010, 4:40 pm
Filed under: TV News

Most Important Things PR People Need to Know about Media
January 25, 2010, 9:48 pm
Filed under: PRSA, TV News

The PRSA Colorado blog gets the answers from CBS4’s Misty Montano, KMGH/Channel 7’s Rory Schmalzried and 9News’ Nadia Gedeon.

KMGH/Channel 7 Wins Prestigious duPont-Columbia Award
January 14, 2010, 9:22 am
Filed under: Awards, KMGH, TV News

Congratulations to reporter Tony Kovaleski, producer Arthur Kane and the rest of the team at KMGH/Channel 7 for winning the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award for its half-hour report on the December 2008 Continental airlines crash at DIA. Michael Roberts at Westword has the details.

Gregg Moss Returns to 9News … Again
January 13, 2010, 3:14 pm
Filed under: KUSA, TV News

Good news if you are a fan of business reporting. The rumors swirling the past week that former 9News business reporter Gregg Moss would return to the Denver NBC affiliate have proved true, but with a twist. The Denver Business Journal reports Moss will return to 9News in a part-time role, while continuing to work as a business strategy consultant for the company that previously had lured him away, Alem International Management. Over the past decade, Moss has bounced between 9News and positions with the Fort Worth Business Press, Wiesner Publishing and Alem.

What’s Behind CBS4’s Surprise Ratings Win?
December 23, 2009, 10:39 am
Filed under: KCNC, KUSA, TV News, Twitter

Congratulations to CBS4, which posted its first 10 p.m. newscast ratings win in years. 9News GM Mark Cornetta blamed his station’s second-place performance on “re-runs, specials and football (that) tend to skew the ratings results at this time of year,” but we all know that the real reason CBS4 landed in first place is because of Misty Montano’s twitter presence.

Obama Address Bumps ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’
December 1, 2009, 11:10 am
Filed under: Politics, TV News

When preschoolers across the country tune in to ABC tonight to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” they may wonder why Franklin is getting all the air time. Imagine their disappointment when they finally realize that President Obama’s prime-time address on the war in Afghanistan has bumped the Charlie Brown tradition until next week. But not everyone is happy about the scheduling conflict.

Great Moments in Journalism XXII
December 1, 2009, 8:22 am
Filed under: TV News, Twitter

A digital billboard that combines an ad for the WPMI-TV news team with the station’s live Twitter feed goes bad.

(Hat tip to Dan Welch)



Great Moments in Journalism XX
September 17, 2009, 7:44 am
Filed under: TV News

If you are at work, you’ll want to turn your speakers down for this one. And check out the female co-anchor’s eyes after he utters the magic phrase.

KMGH’s Trujillo Celebrates 25 Years
September 15, 2009, 7:41 am
Filed under: KMGH, TV News

Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post gives KMGH/Channel 7 anchor Anne Trujillo the kiss of death by writing a congratulatory 25th anniversary article. In this devolving media environment, 25 is about the average age of anchors, not the length of time they’ve been at your station.

Great Moments in Journalism XVIII
August 5, 2009, 4:00 pm
Filed under: TV News

If you spent any time in the Bay Area during the good old bubble days, you probably remember Sasha Foo from KPIX-TV. She’s since landed in San Diego, where she anchors the local evening news and insults child skateboarders.

This “Great Moment in Journalism” is brought to you by Genevieve Miller and Denver Center Attractions.

Great Moments in Journalism XVII
July 22, 2009, 2:40 pm
Filed under: journalism, TV News

This is what happens when you replace every seasoned reporter you have with inexpensive 22-year-olds who may or may not be experiencing ‘roid rage.

Pew: Web Passes Print as Primary News Source
January 12, 2009, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Newspapers, TV News

Pew Research Center has released a new study that shows that the Internet has passed newspapers as a primary source of news. Both still lag television, however. Details of the study are here. Incidentally, my own survey has found that 100 percent of Pew executives think it is a waste of money to hire a graphic designer to make graphs look better than something you could create in Microsoft Excel.

Television Remains the Dominant News Source for Americans
August 19, 2008, 8:58 am
Filed under: TV News

It looks like your grandfather is more average than you thought.


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