In July, Volentine did a story for WXMI about the Freedom From Religion Foundation‘s campaign to have the image of a church removed from the city logo of Wyoming, MI. MLive reports that the Grand Rapids Fox-affiliate dismissed Volentine when it learned that he had ties to the FFRF, a Wisconsin-based organization that fights for the separation of church and state. Read more
For a story about a former porn star who is now volunteering as a local EMT, Roanoke CBS-affiliate WDBJ urged viewers to check out her adult films online.
“The Cave Spring Rescue Squad has been around for more than 60 years. In that time, it’s probably never had a volunteer like Harmony Rose,” WDBJ reporter Justin McLeod told viewers on Thursday. “She’s a former porn star. Just Google her name and you’ll find hundreds of pornographic videos of hers.” Read more
WSOC is apologizing for a series of stories covering a “controversial” high school yearbook photo that may or may not have shown an 18-year-old student lifting up her graduation gown to flash her vagina.
In an all-caps message on its website this week, the Charlotte ABC-affiliate issued a formal apology and retracted all of the stories published on the site related to the photo.
“WE OPENLY AND FULLY APOLOGIZE TO THE YOUNG LADY SHOWN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH AND TO OUR READERS,” the post states, listing a series of statements contained in the stories that the station now admits were made in error. Read more
All of the local news stations in Miami aired new video today of the gruesome cannibal attack that occurred over the weekend near the Miami Herald building.
The newly released video, taken by a Herald security camera, shows a high-angle long shot of the location where Rudy Eugene, 31, appears to have randomly encountered a 65-year-old homeless man, identified as Ronald Poppo, and proceeded to chew off a significant portion of his face before a police officer arrived.
The new video was the top story on the noon newscasts of WPLG, WSVN, and WFOR, and WTVJ, which has a half-hour 11 a.m. newscast, played a portion of it during its coverage of the incident today. Read more
Reporting on a rise in local suicides, KMVT took time to explain its policy on covering suicides (video above). Like most stations, the Twin Falls, ID CBS-affiliate has a specific policy about reporting on suicides.
“As a rule of thumb, we do not report on suicides, however, we have guidelines we follow,” KMVT news director Joe Martin told viewers. “For example, if it’s a public figure or puts the public in danger then we determine if we report on it.”
The station also posted its policy on its website.
FishbowlLA reports that the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center is outraged over KCBS-KCAL’s decision to post the names, birthdates, and mugshots of eighteen men who were arrested in an undercover sting operation at a Manhattan Beach restroom.
This week KCBS and KCAL reported on the arrests, which were based on a range of offenses, including engaging in lewd conduct in a public place and indecent exposure, and aired the Manhattan Beach Police Department’s collection of mugshots and personal information of the men arrested. The images, names, and birthdates were then posted on the stations’ website. Read more
News employees from at least three Milwaukee stations signed petitions to recall Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s controversial Republican governor.
WISN and WITI came forward after WTMJ reported during its Tuesday evening newscasts that several of its employees, including one on-air figure, signed the petitions.
The reactions were the same but the setting was definitely different.
In a story this week about a controversial poster displayed at the local highway patrol academy, Sacramento Fox-affiliate KTXL featured reactions from its own staff, including the assignment manager, shot in the station’s newsroom.
One staffer interviewed for the story by reporter Rowena Shaddox even wore a lanyard with the logo of KTXL’s owner, Tribune, while standing in front of a wall displaying the station’s “FOX 40″ logo, leaving little doubt about his background. Video inside… Read more
WGRZ Stops Showing Video of Girls with Tics; ND Jeff Woodard Calls Decision ‘A Great Journalistic Debate’
Buffalo NBC-affiliate WGRZ will stop showing video of a group of local high school girls affected by a mysterious disorder that makes them twitch and tic, the station announced this week.
More than a dozen students at LeRoy High School have developed the symptoms, which some doctors say indicate a psychological condition brought on by stress. WGRZ has been covering the story since it broke in November, news director Jeff Woodard says.
“We hear over and over from doctors that all the media attention doesn’t help them,” Woodard tells TVSpy.
Citing a desire to be “upfront” with viewers, Woodard says, the station discussed the decision on three separate newscasts this week. He calls the issue “a great journalistic debate” and says he can see both sides of the issue.
“I don’t know if this is something we should be doing or something we shouldn’t be doing,” he says. “It’s something we felt like doing as members of the community.” Read more
In a recent column, the managing editor of the Mankato Free Press wrestled with whether the newspaper appropriately covered the tribulations of KEYC anchor Annie Stensrud, following her erratic behavior during a newscast in early December.
After video of Stensrud’s seemingly drunk delivery went viral and made her the butt of jokes on “Late Show with David Letterman,” she was arrested and charged for drunk driving. The Free Press covered all of these developments.
“We had a healthy debate on this in our newsroom,” Free Press editor Joe Spear wrote. “Some argued we shouldn’t really be hiding this event because, after all, alcohol abuse was, and probably still is, a huge issue in this town. Others argued we don’t cover every DWI in this way.” Read more