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60 Minutes to Feature Story on Kentucky Journos Targeted for Death by Local Sheriff

This weekend’s 60 Minutes looks like it’s going to be a good one. Byron Pitts reports on the story of  20-year-old Times-Tribune reporter Adam Sulfridge, who was forced to arm himself while working his beat after receiving death threats from the corrupt Sheriff Lawrence Hodge. His editor was packing too.

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‘Change is Good’ for Veteran Reporter Jay Dow, Starting at WPIX Next Week

Jay Dow is about make a major career change. As we reported Monday, Dow is headed for WPIX, where the two-time Emmy Award winner will handle an array of hard news stories for the Tribune owned station, starting Monday.

His arrival at Channel 11 follows more than nine years as a WCBS/Channel 2 reporter.

“I grew up in the CBS family,” Dow tells FishbowlNY. “It was a great experience.”

Beyond that, it was a connection to his late uncle, Harold Dow, a longtime CBS News correspondent. Dow died in 2010.

“The Dow name has put in five decades of hard work at CBS,” Dow reflects.

Dow says he got where he is today, in part, from the elder Dow’s mentoring and the “trail that he blazed for myself and an entire of generation of journalists of color.”

Furthermore, Dow credits veteran WCBS reporters Pablo Guzman and John Slattery, and Byron Pitts and Randall Pinkston on the network side as influences.

“Because of all of these people, and the time that I’ve spent with them, I’m a better journalist for it,” Dow admits.  

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Rather’s CBS Suit Dismissed|Gannett Says Thirds Q Results Will Surpass Expectations|Advanstar Restructures|NPR CEO Vivian Schiller

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TVNewser: Dan Rather‘s $70 million lawsuit against former employer CBS Corp. has been dismissed. And in other CBS news, check out this profile of “60 Minutes” correspondent Byron Pitts, who reveals he was functionally illiterate until he was 12.

Associated Press: Gannett‘s shares jumped 18 percent in premarket trading today after the media company announced that its third quarter earnings were likely to surpass expectations. Gannett will publish its earnings October 19.

Folio: Advanstar Communications announced a restructuring, cutting its debts by $385 million.

More: A profile of Vivian Schiller, president and CEO of National Public Radio. “We have a lot of women in senior leadership,” Schiller said of NPR. “I was the first female CEO. But our head of news is a woman, our general counsel is a woman, our new senior vice president of administration and finance is a woman, our head of communication is a woman. The spirit of Cokie [Roberts] and Linda [Wertheimer] and Nina [Totenberg] and Susan [Stamberg[ very much pervades it.”

On The Menu: Assessing “60 Minutes”


Today on the media- Morning Media Menu podcast, Los Angeles Times reporter Matea Gold joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven to discuss her recent article about CBS News‘ “60 Minutes.”

“I thought it would be a really fascinating time to take a step back and look at what’s going on inside the show because its creator Don Hewitt passed away last month and he had really been a constant presence there even though he retired in 2004,” Gold explained. “’60 Minutes’ is, in some ways, really an anomaly in our new media universe because its an old media show conceived 41 years ago and it still is one of the few that commands regularly and reliably a mass audience every Sunday. And that is a pretty miraculous thing.”

In fact, the show saw viewership grow 10 percent in last season compared to the year before, growth that Gold attributes to the show’s coverage of Barack Obama and the increasing profile of contributor Steve Kroft.

“They also did a lot of really hard-hitting reporting on the financial crisis and in a lot of ways just hewed closely to the formula that Don Hewitt conceived of, which is a really strong mix of newsy features, investigative pieces and fun, lighter take-offs that I think there’s still a really big audience for in this country,” Gold said.

Gold also discussed the aging audience that all television news shows is facing, although she noted that the audience of “60 Minutes” has actually stayed the same age over the years, and it is a year younger than the average age of the audience that watches the evening network news. “60 Minutes” has also stayed fresh by adding correspondents like Katie Couric, Lara Logan, Anderson Cooper and Byron Pitts.

But is there a future for “60 Minutes” and other shows like it? Opined Gold: “I think if programs like ’60′ can evolve enough to provide their content online in an on-demand format, then viewers who are younger will get to know the brand and consistently turn to them. But, it’s a matter of figuring out an economic model that works for that.”

Also discussed: New York Times columnist William Safire‘s death yesterday and his contribution to language and journalism.

Read more of Gold’s article here.

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