There are just two possible winners of the TVNewser Bracket Challenge ’09: ABC’s Rick Klein and CNN’s Joe Johns. Klein has the five-point lead, but only has UNC in the finals. Johns has Michigan St. winning it all — if that happens, he wins. If the Spartans can win just one game, and face Villanova in the finals, Johns and Klein tie.
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ABC’s Rick Klein‘s bracket remains in first place after the Sweet 16 in the TVNewser Bracket Challenge ’09, while some people’s choice for champs have been ousted.
Klein and CBS’ Jeff Glor each have three of their Final Four teams still alive, while the current 2nd and 3rd place brackets (Steve Krakauer and MSNBC’s Willie Geist) have their top team eliminated. Look out for ABC’s John Berman — although he’s back in the pack, he’s got all four Final Four teams still alive.
Also, Klein left some trash talk this week on the group message board: “And I thought all those TVs in the Situation Room would give Blitzer an advantage,” he wrote.
With the Sweet 16 set in the NCAA tournament, ABC’s Rick Klein has surged into the lead in the TVNewser Bracket Challenge ’09.
Klein has one of the four brackets (along with MSNBC’s Willie Geist, CBS’ Jeff Glor and TVN editor Chris Ariens) with all Elite Eight teams still intact. The leader after Day 1, CNN’s Joe Johns, fell back into the pack, and his pick of Michigan in the Final Four will hurt his chances at victory.
And although he’s currently sitting in last place, ABC’s John Berman writes on the league’s message board: “I might be last…but I am leading in the demo.”
To celebrate the Madness that is March, we’re holding the first ever TVNewser Bracket Challenge! All news networks were asked to participate — some chose to “pass” (an assist?).
Here are the 2009 participants, and who they picked to win it all:
• ABC correspondent John Berman (Pittsburgh)
• CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer (Duke)
&bull Bloomberg anchor Peter Cook (Duke)
• MSNBC host Willie Geist (Memphis)
• CBS anchor Jeff Glor (North Carolina)
• BBC E.P. Rome Hartman (Duke)
• CNN correspondent Joe Johns (Michigan St.)
• ABC correspondent Rick Klein (Louisville)
• CNBC correspondent Darren Rovell (Louisville)
We’ll update the standings periodically, and report on any trash talk that takes place among the competitors. Good luck!
The overriding focus was Twitter. BBC’s Rome Hartman, who says he’s “somehow been branded the Howard Beale of Twitter,” has mixed feelings. “As a newsgathering tool it’s hugely important,” he said. But, it furthers “mass self-absorption.”
ABC News’ Rick Klein thinks it’s necessary. “I think if people are getting their information in new, different ways, then we should be a part of it,” he said.
NBC’s Jim Long, who’s very active on Twitter, said, “If used properly…it gives you the opportunity to feel and understand the people you’re trying to serve.”
As for the Web-based panelists, Michael Meyers said the Web will have it’s own “niche.” “We’re going to own breaking news,” he said, while traditional media will have “highly synthesized well-thought out content.” The point was argued by members of the panel.
Rachel Sterne talked about the monetary possibility on the Web. “A news audience is probably the best audience you can get online,” she said. “It’s an attractive demographic.”
“The audience has to get bigger, and it has to get different,” said Klein.
At the end of the session, Haddad presented Hartman with a parting gift. Take a look:
Tammy Haddad, who’s moderating a panel tomorrow at the TVNewser Summit about the “new tools of the trade,” started a Twitter conversation about the topic today. “I wonder if the BBC is nervous that Sky News hired a Twitter correspondent?” tweeted @HaddadMedia, before soliciting questions for the panel. “Do u think rome hartman & bbcers can take us on when it comes to Twitter?” asked Rick Klein (@TheNote), referring to fellow panelist Rome Hartman of BBC, who is bearish on the new service.
So with all this Twitter chatter and no way for Hartman to defend himself (since…he’s not on Twitter), we emailed him. “Don’t these people have any WORK to do? Do they spend ALL day in the birdcage?” he responded.
Also, get your Twitter questions in to us (@TVNewser) for our second panel with FBN’s Alexis Glick. A lengthy Q&A, which you can participate in by submitting questions, will take place following her keynote.
ABC News’ Rick Klein joined us today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast. Klein is heavily involved in many of the new media aspects at the traditional media outlet of ABC News, and he’s discuss the “New Tools of the Trade” at the TVNewser Summit (March 10, NYC).
This is a time of grand experimentation in journalism,” he said. “This is something I tell up and coming journalists all the time. This is an exciting time to be a journalist, despite all the financial problems, because we’re trying a lot of new things. There are only a couple times in the history of the business where you get to play around, experiment.”
He also talked about how Twitter and other new media is affecting the traditional way of reporting. “In my mind it doesn’t replace the longer form of journalism and the more comprehensive reporting, but as a supplement, a compliment, I think it’s fantastic,” said Klein.
Also discussed: Klein’s take on the state of the newspaper industry, why the World News Webcast is successful at ABC and how Twitter helped him book a guest.
You can listen to the podcast live at 9amET on BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. On tomorrow’s “Menu”: Tammy Haddad joins us.
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On Saturday, Chris wrote about the media’s increased use of Twitter. Today, that sentiment was reinforced when I spoke with Rick Klein, Tammy Haddad, and the rest of the panel who are set to speak on at TVNewser Summit next Tuesday.
The main topic of conversation? Twitter.
Rick said that he is fascinated by the Twitter explosion among TV and political types, and that it has really hit a turning point over the past two weeks. You can bet that everyone at the Summit will be Twittering live, from the audience and the stage. But, more interesting will be the conversation around it – how to take advantage of the social media phenomenon that has become so influential, celebrities are now using it to get around paparazzi. The panel will take on more than Twitter, of course – they’ll also discuss mobile video, live streaming, and announce some cool new tools that will enhance – heck, maybe even improve – the way news is reported.
You can jump in on on the conversation now – use #tvnewser when you post to Twitter.