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Archives: May 2012

KMOV to Launch Sunday Morning Newscasts

St. Louis CBS-affiliate KMOV is launching two Sunday morning newscasts, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Sunday mornings are important and successful for KMOV, so this is a perfect place to increase our news presence,” executive news director Sean McLaughlin said. “This newscast will have a similar look and feel to what we bring viewers in weekday mornings already.”

The newscasts, which are slated for a July premiere, will air from 7 to 8 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m. John Knicely and Diana Zoga will anchor, with meteorologist Kristin Cornett on weather.

Dennis House Marks 20 Years at Hartford’s WFSB

Dennis House is celebrating 20 years on the air at WFSB, the CBS-affiliate in Hartford.

House co-anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts and moderates “Face the State,” WFSB’s weekly political affairs program. The station saluted him with a tribute piece assembled by his co-anchor, Denise D’Ascenzo.

“I feel really blessed, I really do,” House said after the tribute. “To be any place for 20 years is certainly an accomplishment. And I’ve loved it, I’ve made some great friends.” Video inside… Read more

Reporters Will Be Able to Live-Tweet Sandusky Trial

Journalists won’t be allowed to record the sex-abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky but they will be able to live-tweet it.

According to a court order issued on Wednesday, journalists will be allowed to tweet and blog as they attend the trial, which is set to begin next week.

Local news stations WJAC and WTAJ will each have one reserved seat in the courtroom, and will be able to use smart phones and laptops during the trial, although they will not be allowed to record or broadcast “any verbatim account of the proceedings while court is in session.” Read more

Miami Stations Air New Video of Cannibal Attack

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

Sheba Turk Named WWL Morning Traffic Reporter

Sheba Turk made her on-air debut on New Orleans CBS-affiliate WWL today.

Turk has worked as an associate producer at WWL since August 2011, according to her bio. She will be a traffic reporter for the morning newscast, replacing Christina Leavenworth, who left the station earlier this month.

Turk, a New Orleans native, is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Andy Cerota Exits KTRK, Rumored to Be Joining Rival

Andy Cerota has left KTRK after nine years as a general assignment reporter for the ABC O&O.  Cerota’s contract with KTRK expired recently and a source close to him indicates that he considered staying but the station couldn’t offer him an anchor position.

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff floats the rumor that Cerota “could end up behind the anchor desk down the freeway at KPRC.”

Sources describe Cerota’s departure from KTRK as an amicable split.

Cerota has spent most of his career in Texas, working in Abilene and Austin before eventually joining KTRK in May 2003. Read more

Sorboni Banerjee to Join WFXT Morning Newscast

It’s official: beginning next month, Sorboni Banerjee will join the WFXT morning newscast, the Boston Fox O&O announced today.

News of Banerjee’s move was first reported in April. She joins WFXT from rival WHDH, the NBC-affiliate, where she has been a reporter and weekend anchor since 2006.

“Sorboni is one of the most recognizable and respected journalists in Boston and her talents and energy are a welcome addition to the FOX25 Morning News team,” WFXT vice president and news director Paul McGonagle said in a statement.

Banerjee will start at WFXT on June 11. She will serve as an anchor and reporter for the morning newscast, which also is co-hosted by Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire.

6 Twitter Tips For TV Reporters

Has promoting your station’s stories on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and (yep, even) LinkedIn turned your pages into boring RSS feeds? You’re not alone.

According to Robert Quiqley, journalism professor at University of Texas at Austin and former social media editor at the Austin American-Statesman, one of the biggest mistakes journos make is to “just push out their content without actually interacting with anybody… So, they are missing out on a huge opportunity to engage their audience, get sources, and get feedback on their stories.”

Instead, try giving viewers a peek inside your world with exclusive content or tidbits they wouldn’t get elsewhere. In Richmond, Virginia, WWBT reporter Rachel DePompa tweets links to news stories alongside “Here’s what I’m working on now” previews and the occasional personal post, like rooting for NHL Caps or offering her condolences on the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting rampage.

Get remedies for five other common errors in The Biggest Mistakes Journalists Make in Social Media.

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Mark Bullock Promoted to Evening Anchor at WSFA

Mark Bullock has been promoted to weekday evening anchor at WSFA, the NBC-affiliate in Montgomery, AL.

In his 13 years at WSFA, Bullock has “anchored every newscast at the station and has worked every shift,” according to a statement announcing his promotion. He replaces longtime evening anchor Bob Howell, who retired last week.

“For years, I worked closely with Bob. I consider him a mentor and a friend,” Bullock said. “And while no one can fill his shoes, I am honored to have been named his replacement.” Read more

KMVT Explains Suicide Policy to Viewers

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.

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