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Weather and Crime: It’s What They’re Watching in Milwaukee

tv_304Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV critic Duane Dudek watched the first 10 minutes of his local stations’ newscasts then broke each down into five categories of what they reported: violent crime, other crime, weather and accidents.

All stations aired variations of the same stories Monday night, but in different order and with different running times. All stations’ lead story involved the night’s frisky storm front and footage of a Nebraska tornado. Other stories included discovery of human remains at N. 13th St. and W. Juneau Ave.; increased police presence after a shooting at a convenience store, and interviews with the young girl injured in the shooting; and several traffic accidents.

The stations came out heavily weighted towards violent crime. According to Dudek, FOX affiliate WITI won the night and also led the other stations in violent crime reporting with 50.5 percent of its first ten minutes devoted to the subject. Connection? Who knows. Interesting? You bet.

WDJT-TV (Channel 58)

Violent crime: 45.6%

Other crime: 11.8%

Weather: 11.1%

Accidents: 6.8%

Other: 23.8%

Followed by: 2-minute, 44-second weather segment

Story no one else had: School drug-testing policy

Lead story after weather: Human remains found

See the other stations after the jump. Read more

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Anne State Leaving Milwaukee FOX Affiliate

state witiAnne State is leaving Milwaukee FOX affiliate WITI.

According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel media writer Duane Dudek, news director John LaPorte told WITI staffers State’s last day will be July 30. She’s reportedly headed to the West Coast.

State started at WITI in September 2010. She previously worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

Does News Director Turnover Hurt a Station’s News?

TV_SetWhen WTMJ news director Bill Berra announced he was leaving for WFLA in Tampa, FL, the Milwaukee market lost its longest serving news director.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel media writer Duane Dudek points out the three remaining news directors at Milwaukee’s network affiliated stations all have a close to two years of experience in the community compared to Berra’s nine years.

How does news director flux or stability affect what viewers see?

“Stations and companies have figured out that they can’t keep changing people every 18 months and have success,” said [on-air talent agent and media blog writer Rick] Gevers. Having veterans in news management is essential to knowing where the bodies are buried.

“They know who the mayor was before the current mayor, and the story from behind the story five years ago that a reporter is covering.” 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

Ex-WTMJ Reporter Rob Koebel: ‘My actions should be held to a higher standard’

Duane Dudek of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speaks with Rob Koebel, who recently resigned from WTMJ after a disorderly conduct arrest:

“My actions should be held to a higher standard,” the former WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reporter said.

“I’m asking for the trust of the viewers” and, as a steward of the public trust, “I was a poor steward that night.”

Koebel said his “three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” was sparked by two interviews his former wife, HLN anchor Christi Paul, did about her recently-published book, Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt. The book is her account of what she says was an emotionally abusive marriage to Koebel. Read more