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State of the News Media

Dan Rather: Current Evening News Anchors ‘Have the Goods’

dan rather_304x200Dan Rather thinks the current evening news anchors have the talent to carry the tradition forward.

“They have the goods,” Rather said during an interview with The Huffington Post’s Roy Sekoff at Advertising Week yesterday about today’s evening news anchors (he stipulated he doesn’t know new “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir).

“They want to walk in the steps, they want to keep the flame burning, but it’s extremely difficult to do under the circumstances.”

Those circumstances, according to Rather, are “operating within the system.” That system features corporate media restraining journalists from challenging powerful government officials, institutions, and corporations. The former “CBS Evening News” anchor’s controversial CBS exit will be depicted on the big screen in 2016: Robert Redford signed on to play Rather in “Rathergate” in July.

Rather on the evening news after the jump (around the 45:30 mark).

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Syracuse Cuts Ribbon on Upgrades At S.I. Newhouse School

LichtControlRoomCBS News VP Chris Licht now has a TV news control room named for him. It’s one of the new control rooms at Syracuse University’s new Dick Clark Studios and Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation.

The $18 million upgrade at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications includes five studios, replacing two studios, built decades ago and used by countless Syracuse alum including Ted Koppel, Bob Costas, Steve Kroft, Jeff Glor, Contessa Brewer and Licht.

Oprah Winfrey was the featured guest at today’s celebration. The two major donations of $5 million each, came from the Dick Clark estate (Clark is a 1951 Syracuse graduate) and Alan Gerry, the founder of Cablevision Industries.

Web Videos Broaden Scope of TV Newsmags

Increasingly, TV newsmagazines are reaching out to viewers with digital shorts leading up, or even following, longer TV reports.

“60 Minutes” takes viewers behind the scenes with “60 Minutes Overtime.” “48 Hours” produces Web Extras, like this tour of a Costa Rican hideaway that was the scene of a crime at the center of tomorrow night’s season premiere. “Dateline” went so far as to produce a web-only episode on the Oscar Pistorius verdict a few weeks ago.

“It’s not just extra material,” says Terri Lichstein who oversees digital for ABC’s “20/20.” “It’s very new, very original. They are companion pieces.”

Lichstein was also the senior producer for tonight’s “20/20″ season debut, as David Muir investigates the Slender Man stabbing in Wisconsin. Lichstein ordered up a web-only piece to familiarize viewers on the Slender Man phenomenon. “It’s the kind of thing people want to know,” Lichstein tells TVNewser. “This takes the digital experience in terms of storytelling one step further.” WATCH:

Drones Approved For Making Movies. How Long Before They’re Approved for TV News?

SandersDroneThe network morning shows used as-yet-approved TV news technology to report on the just approved motion picture industry use of drones.

On Thursday, the FAA cleared the way for six film companies to use drones for film-making purposes.

Jeff Pegues reported the story for “CBS This Morning,” holding a drone outside a Washington, DC movie theater. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reported for the “Today” show from Aerial MOB in San Diego, one of the FAA-approved drone companies. (Both Pegeus and Sanders began their stories with a scene from “Skyfall,” the latest James Bond film, which was filmed, in Istanbul, using a drone.)

Sanders had a 2-camera live intro (after the jump), including what’s believed to be the first live national broadcast under the new FAA guidelines. (If you’re wondering whether Sanders’ use of the drone was legal, since his was for news-gathering purposes, the “Today” crew was in a hanger and therefore not in FAA-controlled air space.)

As we discussed at the TVNewser Summit in April, TV news is one of the industries in the FAA line to start using drones legally.

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Charlo Greene Lights Up During Interview

CharloGreeneWeedFormer Anchorage TV reporter Charlo Greene lit up a marijuana joint while being interviewed on HuffPost Live today.

Greene, who famously quit her job live on KTVA Sunday night, agrees with her former news director who said she violated “the basic bedrock of responsible journalism,” by not revealing that she had a business interest in legalized marijuana in Alaska, while reporting stories on am upcoming ballot initiative. If she had told him, Green says, she “would have been fired. Period. I wasn’t ready for that to happen.”

Then, toward the end of the interview, Huff Post Live anchor Alyona Minkovski asked, “Are you waiting until the interview’s over to spark it up?”

“No, I’ll spark it up right now,” Greene said. “I’m in the privacy of my own home.”

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Neighbor Had Taken Out Restraining Order Against Fired Alaska Reporter

CharloGreeneCharlo Greene‘s foul-mouthed exit from KTVA in Anchorage Sunday night has now been viewed 6.8 million times  — 23 times the population of the Alaska city. That kind of attention has led to some digging into Greene — real name Charlene Ebge. TMZ reports that a neighbor had taken a restraining order out on her earlier this month.

Tyler Gilbrech tells TMZ Charlo and her boyfriend moved into the apartment above his in June, and claims she immediately started stinking up the place with so much reefer his 4-yr-old daughter became violently sick from the fumes seeping through the walls. According to court docs Charlo harassed and threatened Tyler several times — telling him to “watch his back.”

Greene is the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club. And like any 2014 entrepreneur, she’s gone to the masses for support. In a fundraising video on IndieGogo Greene says, “I’m making it my life work to uphold what America stands for truly: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” And legal weed.

America’s Trust in Mass Media Declining Again

After a small uptick in recent years, America’s trust in media is declining again, according to a new Gallup poll.

Out of the over 1,000 people surveyed, 40% trust the mass media, a four-percentage-point drop from last year.

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On the political end, the poll found a 14-year low among Democrats in terms of trusting the media. A large percentage continue to believe the news media is too liberal (44%) but the opposite viewpoint is gathering steam. 19% of Americans think the media is too conservative; a six-point spike from last year and the highest percentage in that category in eight years.

Do you agree with the poll’s findings? Comment below.

(Poll image courtesy of Gallup)

TMZ’s Harvey Levin to Fox: You’re Telling Me Fox and Others Don’t Pay for Great Video?

Appearing on “MediaBuzz” yesterday, TMZ executive producer Harvey Levin suggested his site paying for video is no different than Fox News and other cable networks paying for video.

“You want to actually tell me that Fox News Channel and all the others haven’t paid for people who come along and say they have this great piece of video?” Levin said to Howard Kurtz. “Fox News and others don’t pay for information,” Kurtz responded. “Howie, you’re changing the subject…I agree with you on information. I’m talking about video.” Levin went on to say TMZ doesn’t pay for interviews.


What Are Journalists in the U.K. Most Addicted to?

A_small_cup_of_coffeeIf you thought journalists in America drink too much coffee, apparently our colleagues across the Atlantic Ocean are even more caffeinated.

In a survey done by the U.K. press release firm Pressat, which spoke to 10,000 professionals, journalists are wired the most of all professions.

It seems that drinking coffee is a necessity on the job in a wide variety of professions. The highest consumers, sinking over four cups daily, were those with stressful careers: journalists consumed the most, followed closely by police officers and teachers. Could it be that being overstretched or working late pushed the workforce to consume more caffeine?

Other professions found to be coffee addicts were plumbers, nurses, and drivers. Note: I put my cup down while writing this.

Janay Rice Speaks, Blames Media for Family’s ‘Nightmare’

CNNRiceThe wife of former NFL player Ray Rice spoke out today via Instagram a day after her husband was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL following TMZ’s release of elevator footage showing him knocking her unconscious.

The Baltimore Sun reports on Janay Rice defending her husband against the “nightmare” caused by the media and public.

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” Janay Rice wrote. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that [the] media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass [off] for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

Last night at 8pmET, Anderson Cooper and Chris Hayes both led their programs covering Rice’s release and suspension.

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