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Public Trust in the Media Bounces Back From All-Time Low, Gallup Poll Finds

Good news for journalists everywhere: Americans’ confidence in the accuracy of the media has improved slightly after hitting an all-time low last year. In Gallup’s latest public trust survey, 44 percent of people surveyed said they had a “great deal or fair amount of trust and confidence in the mass media,” up from 40 percent in 2012.

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Caroline Vandergriff Talks About Coming Back After Being Hit By Car

Caroline Vandergriff, the News 14 Carolina reporter who was hit by a car in January while covering a story, recently sat down on set to talk to morning anchor Rob Boisvert about the accident and her road back to reporting.

Vandergriff says she had been working at the station for about six weeks when she was hit by a car while grabbing some footage of power lines downed during a rain storm.

“Basically the part that was the most severe was with brain injuries you never know how its going to go,” Vandergriff told Boisvert after he asked how badly she was injured. “That first 48 hours things can go south pretty quickly. So my parents in Texas, they got the phone call that the neurologist wasn’t sure if I would make it through the night.” Read more

‘It Melted Like Butter!’ WKMG’s Jessica Sanchez Has Good News in Her Cancer Battle

Jessica Sanchez, the traffic reporter for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in March, gave fans some good news in her battle against a tumor discovered in her right lung.

“I have so much happy news to report! First, the lymphoma tumor is gone!!!” Sanchez wrote on her Let’s Be Honest Blog. “It melted like butter! And second… I am finished with chemotherapy!! Can you believe it’s been only a little more than four months since I was diagnosed??”

“I’m anxious to return to work, but I want to do so when I have the strength to do it right,” she told the Orlando Sentinel. “One thing I can say is the outpouring of well-wishes, thoughts and prayers brighten up my heart and heal my soul. Family, friends and viewers have been wonderful in keeping me in positive spirits, and it has contributed greatly to my own positive outlook. It feels amazing to have so much support.”

After WKRN Wakes Up Only Man In Line for Titans Tickets, Community Rewards Him


A Nashville man who was the only person to spend the night waiting for Titans tickets to go on sale is now being rewarded for his dedication.

Last week WKRN‘s Stephanie Langston woke up David Cline while he was sleeping outside the box office at LP Field in Nashville. He told the reporter for the Nashville ABC affiliate he didn’t have a credit card so he had to line up to buy a single game ticket to see the Tennessee Titans play the San Francisco 49ers. The video soon went viral.

Cline sells a paper called The Contributor to make ends meet. The paper is sold by the homeless or formerly homeless.

A viewer who saw the story gave Cline a second ticket to the Titans game. The Nashville Predators gave him Predators game tickets, a team jersey and a $100 pre-paid credit card. Read more

Former WTMJ Reporter Falls From Grace, Finds New Career

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel media writer Duane Dudek caught up with Rob Koebel, the former WTMJ investigative reporter who left the station last year after getting caught urinating outside an Apple store last year.

Dudek found out Koebel is now a budding actor. He’s taken on character roles in USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness” alongside John Stamos and recently played a police officer, a firefighter and a Revolutionary War soldier on NBC’s “Revolution,” FOX’s upcoming series “Sleepy Hollow” and “Under the Dome” on CBS.

“I’d never have believed it if 10 months ago someone had told me I’d be part of a Stephen King-Steven Spielberg event that would be the hottest show of the summer,” Koebel told Dudek about his work on “Under the Dome.” Read more

Happy National Hug an Anchor Day!

It’s National Hug an Anchor Day, and anchors across the country are getting a little love from colleagues, fans, random people in parking lots and people in tomato costumes. Here’s a sample of how a few stations are celebrating.

KXRM in Colorado Springs enlisted the Fazoli’s mascot to help them celebrate:

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Reminder: TVSpy and TVNewser Party Tonight

A friendly reminder that the TVSpy and TVNewser editors will be hosting a pre-Thanksgiving, post-election party tonight at sideBar in New York City.  The details are below, so be sure to swing by, grab a drink and say hello!

TVNewser & TVSpy Party

Monday, November 19

sideBar

118 E 15th St (on Irving Place, a block from Union Square)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve attended our parties before, you know that sharing a few drinks with us is a great way to connect with other TV news professionals. So RSVP here and we’ll see you next week.

Come to the TVSpy & TVNewser Party Monday

Our November party is just two days away! Please join us on Monday for a drink with the TVSpy and TVNewser editors, and your colleagues across the industry, at sideBar in New York City.

TVNewser & TVSpy Party

Monday, November 19

sideBar

118 E 15th St (on Irving Place, a block from Union Square)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve attended our parties before, you know that sharing a few drinks with us is a great way to connect with other TV news professionals. So RSVP here and we’ll see you next week.

TVSpy and TVNewser Are Having a Party!

Our October party plans were cancelled by Hurricane Sandy, but we’re trying this again: come have a drink with the TVSpy and TVNewser editors, and your colleagues across the industry, at sideBar in New York City next week.

TVNewser & TVSpy Party

Monday, November 19

sideBar

118 E 15th St (on Irving Place, a block from Union Square)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve attended our parties before, you know that sharing a few drinks with us is a great way to connect with other TV news professionals. So RSVP here and we’ll see you next week.

Come Party With TVSpy & TVNewser!

It’s been a long road to the 2012 Presidential election in the news business. To celebrate the fact that you made it (or almost made it, as the case may be) come have a drink with the TVSpy and TVNewser editors, and your colleagues across the industry, at sideBar in New York City next week.

TVNewser & TVSpy Party

Monday, October 29

sideBar

118 E 15th St (on Irving Place, a block from Union Square)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve attended our parties before, you know that sharing a few drinks with us is a great way to connect with other TV news professionals. So RSVP here and we’ll see you next week.

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