Observations

Broadcasters to the Rescue…Again

Back in October of 2017, in the days following the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting in Las Vegas, I wrote about how it was local broadcasters — not digital streaming platforms — that served as the most important source of news and information about the incident, the response, and the community's recovery (see In Praise of Local Media). This morning, millions of students are waking up without anywhere to go. As the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread...

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In Praise of Local Media

Local media has become something of a laughing stock in recent years – too many commercials, too much fluff (or too much sensationalism), an artifact of mass media’s past. Millennials hate traditional media, the research says.

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Farewell, Craig Windham

I was saddened and a bit shocked to hear today's news that longtime NPR newscaster Craig Windham had passed away. He was only 66. I met Craig during my first internship at NPR in 2002. I was desperate to be a newscaster at the time and even though I wasn't interning with his group, he was generous enough to let me hang out with him during a few shifts and watch him do his thing (and eat dinner with the newscast unit a couple times). Getting to meet him was especially gratifying because at the...

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