Here what I had to say when I was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame on March 29, 2018: Thank you. Thank you to a lot of you. The very first newspaper I worked for had a circulation of precisely one – my grandmother. I was 11 years old. Every morning that summer, … Continue reading
On March 29, 2017, I was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. Here’s the list of the seven people inducted. Here are photos taken by Cutch Armstrong. Here are photos taken by me, or at least taken on my phone.
Here’s a thought experiment: What is a journalist? It used to be a pretty simple question. To be a journalist, you had to work for, well, a journal. A newspaper or magazine, certainly. Print people might grudgingly concede that television and radio journalists qualified. Everyone else? Not journalists. Well, maybe a freelancer or two. But … Continue reading
First, let’s state the obvious: You can now be your own news media. Got a blog? A Twitter account? Then you’re the media. You may not have as big a megaphone as, say, the daily newspaper or the local television station but you’re still playing the same game. And speaking of games . . . … Continue reading
If you drive through downtown of my city on the interstate, you’ll see a big billboard for one of the local television stations touting its weather coverage. Many TV stations make weather the cornerstone of their coverage, and why not? It drives ratings, especially during bad weather. Here in Roanoke, the name of WDBJ’s chief … Continue reading