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  • MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Caterpiller are collaborating on a new series called “Build for It” that will focus on pressing global issues. This week the series looks at sustainability including “remanufacturing knowledge hubs” like the one in Rochester, NY.

  • CNBC and Inc. are teaming up to share entrepreneurship, growth and innovation stories on and The cable network and the magazine will also collaborate on three conferences with the first this spring.

  • The 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards entry period is now open. Entries will be accepted online through February 3 for stories told between January 1 and December 31, 2014 on radio, television and digital media.

  • Linda Ellerbee hosts a special tomorrow night on Nick News called “The Border Kids” following that massive wave of illegal immigration over the summer. In 2014, more than twice the number of kids crossed the southern border of the U.S., than in 2013.

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Remembering Jessica Savitch, 30 Years After Her Death

SavitchJessicaIn the early 1980s, with cable in its infancy and network anchors dominating the airwaves, one of the most identifiable, and beloved, was NBC’s Jessica Savitch.

A pioneering woman in broadcasting, Savitch was only 30 when, in 1977, fresh from local TV news jobs in Philadelphia and Houston, NBC News hired her to cover Congress.  Savitch went on to be the first woman to anchor a weekend newscast for NBC, and perhaps was best known for her highly-visible primetime ’news capsule’ updates. Her rocky personal life made headlines too.

But it all came to an end on a rainy autumn night in 1983, when the car Savitch was in plunged into a Bucks County, Pennsylvania canal, killing her and the car’s driver, 34-year-old Martin Fischbein, a vice president at the New York Post.

As we approach the thirtieth anniversary of that day – October 23 – TVNewser reached out to friends, family, and colleagues for their memories of Jessica Savitch, who was just 36 when she died.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “Jessica Savitch was a warm-hearted, caring person and a pioneer in broadcasting who lost her life tragically just as she was soaring to new  heights. She was my friend at KYW in Philadelphia and my office mate at NBC in Washington. I was privileged to know her and mourn her loss, along with friends and family, so many years later.”

Former KYW Co-Anchor Mort Crim, who delivered the eulogy at Savitch’s funeral: “Her untimely passing was a loss to me, personally, and to the world of TV journalism. I’ve worked with many talented people, but none who could surpass Jess for a combination of ability, sensitivity and drive…An agent for Will Farrell contacted me a few weeks ago as Anchorman II was nearing completion to remind me that Jess and I had been the inspiration for the first Anchorman movie…Jess was 25 years old when we first shared an anchor desk.  But the years fly by swiftly and she would now be 65, something I can hardly believe. I still miss her.”

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: “It was such a sad, even tragic ending, to a life that was the classic American success story. Jessica had a wide following of admirers, first in Philadelphia and then on the network – and just when she seemed to have found personal happiness, the untimely end.”

After the jump, thoughts from Sue Simmons, Fred Francis, and Linda Ellerbee…plus Lori Savitch on the journalism scholarships that honor her sister thirty years later.

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Nick News ‘Disappointed’ That Mitt Romney Declines to Appear In Special

Nick News, the series of TV news specials on Nickelodeon, says it is “disappointed” that GOP candidate Mitt Romney declined to appear on this election cycle’s “Kids Pick the President” special. President Obama is appearing, and taped his answers to kids questions at the White House. Archive video clips of Romney answering similar questions to the ones kids asked will be used during the special.

“After numerous attempts by “Nick News” to get former Governor Mitt Romney to participate in the special, his camp declined saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule,” said a Nickelodeon statement.

“By answering kids’ questions directly, candidates show respect for kids,” said host Linda Ellerbee in a statement.  “We are disappointed that Mitt Romney wouldn’t take the time to answer the questions, but are thrilled that President Obama participated in the special.”

“Nick News” has been a staple on Nickelodeon for 21 years, and its “Kids Pick the President” specials have been better than most pundits when it comes to predicting who will win the Presidential election. The “kids” in the specials have correctly predicted who will win in five of the last six elections.

More information, after the jump.

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