What is a journalist these days?

What is a journalist these days?

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

Why don’t newspapers hire meteorologists?

Why don’t newspapers hire meteorologists?

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