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March 2010

How Close is Too Close? Let's discuss!

How Close is "Too Close": Can an Accident Victim Cover the Toyota Recall?

by Jennifer Fuller, WSIU Radio Morning Host/Reporter

We've all covered stories that affect us directly. As journalists, we have to draw a line separating ourselves from the story, and maintaining integrity without a conflict of interest. But how do we continue to do this as newsrooms across Illinois (and across the nation) shrink?

How Close is TOO Close?

How Close is "Too Close": Can an Accident Victim Cover the Toyota Recall?
 by Jennifer Fuller, WSIU Radio Morning Host/Reporter

Good Article on Research and Social Media

I don't know how I would qualify my own use of social media, because I often click on links to reports, news releases, agency Web sites.  But good ole' fashion research is critical.

Congrats to all the 2009 Illinois AP Award Winners!

Bravo everyone!  See you in Oak Brook!


AP Contest Winners - Register Now for the April 17th Awards Banquet

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2009 Illinois Associated Press Broadcast Awards! The awards will be presented at the dinner on the evening of Saturday, April 17th during the INBA Spring Convention at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott. Register today for the dinner (cost - $65) by clicking here.

Want to join us for the entire weekend?  Or staying Saturday night?  The deadline is fast approaching to book your hotel room! You have until 5:00pm on Friday, April 2nd to make a reservation with the hotel and receive our discounted rate of $99, plus tax.  Click here for instructions to book your room online.



ABC News Pays for Rights to Pictures

Your thoughts?

From the Orlando Sentinel...

What did ABC News have to say about Jose Baez’s revelation that the network had paid $200,000 to his client Casey Anthony?

ABC News issued this statement: “In August 2008, we licensed exclusive rights to an extensive library of photos and home videos for use by our broadcast platforms, affiliates and international partners. No use of the material was tied to any interview.”

ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 has used the footage of slain toddler Caylee Anthony repeatedly. WFTV also has noted that it reported the $200,000 figure first, but it had the inside track to that informationi as an ABC affiliate.

In court today, Baez revealed that “$200,000 came from a deal that was done by my client with the American Broadcasting Co. ABC.”

ABC Paying for Materials, not Interviews

First, I wonder how many consecutive messages I have to post before visitors to the Forum get sick of seeing my name and start using the Forum themselves?!

Turning to a serious matter, this item from TVNewser crossed concerning ABC paying not for an interview, but for photos, etc.  Is paying for materials okay?  Is paying for interviews okay?

Lower Station Income Affecting News

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has issued its 2010 State of the News Media report.  You can find the entire report at

The executive summary might be a good place to start.  Some statistics from that executive summary will show you the financial side of the picture...

Questionable B-roll

From David Bauder of the AP - - -

NEW YORK – For the want of a better two-second picture of a tachometer, ABC News has called into question its reporting on acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles.The network's handling of a Feb. 22 "World News" story about potential problems with computer systems in Toyotas has created ethical questions and intensified bitter feelings the besieged automaker already had toward ABC.

ABC has admitted to a misjudgment and swapped out the brief dashboard video in its report, which continues to be available online. Its story illustrated a report by David Gilbert, a Southern Illinois University professor who suggested that a design flaw in Toyotas might leave a short-circuit that could cause sudden acceleration undetected by the car's computer system.

Former Asst. U.S. Attorney to Keynote INBA Convention

Former Assistant U-S Attorney and chair of the recent Illinois Reform Commission Patrick Collins will deliver the Keynote Address during the INBA Spring Convention Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 17th.

Mr. Collins was a federal prosecutor in Chicago for 12 years before joining Perkins Coie in Chicago in 2007. He played a leading role in a number of high-profile cases while at the U-S Attorney’s office, including the Operation Safe Road Investigation and the subsequent conviction of former Illinois Governor George Ryan. Mr. Collins will talk about this case and others, including the ongoing corruption probe against ousted Governor Rod Blagojevich.