Why You Have to do More than a Police Blotter Newscast

Often we use this blog to share TV station best practices. Perhaps we'll tell you about a station’s new, unique or different approach to serve the viewer/user. In today's edition, however, the “best practice” comes not from a TV station but from local police and fire departments and their ability to get news and information [...]

By | 2017-04-26T16:12:57+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Future of Journalism: Youthful Optimism

“Hi, I’m Hayden, nice to meet you,” she said in a rush. We had never met and we had three minutes to connect.  She is a 20-year-old journalism student and in her eyes, I’m certain, I was some old guy with gray hair and a dubious understanding of her world. “What do you see yourself [...]

Weather App Promotion: So What’s Different?

Here at CJ&N we constantly share with each other promos that we see from various stations. Many are great spots about upcoming special sweeps pieces. Others promote station brands. More and more frequently, we see stations producing a promo for one of their apps.  Not a bad thing, right? But this past week another one [...]

By | 2017-04-17T16:56:31+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Local TV: Wallflower at the Big Dance?

I just returned from a weekend trip out of state to see relatives – a whole house full of young couples, new babies and familiar old faces.  In addition to lots of food and laughter, it gave me new appreciation for how people who aren’t in the “media bubble” see the world these days. I love [...]

Facebook & TV Newsrooms: Advice That Will Surprise You

I’m so excited. I just got off a call with Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, THAT Zuckerberg, the brain of Facebook. He called to thank me and thank you. He talked about how stations have really embraced Facebook. “It’s so great that stations are putting so much of their video and producing content on Facebook live on [...]

Alternative Facts, “Fake News” & Local TV

In a focus group I sat in on last week, one local news viewer said,  “There are plenty of places I can turn to for opinion, no matter if it is left, right or something else.  I watch the local news because it isn’t like that.”  According to our research, his viewpoint is shared by [...]

By | 2017-01-24T20:46:41+00:00 January 24th, 2017|CJ&N, Election Coverage, Strategy|0 Comments

Election Lesson: We ARE the “Media Elites “!

Many say we “missed it.” I think they’re right. Critics say the media didn’t get it because they are “media elites” who are out of touch with the people. And I think they’re right. Honestly, I didn’t quite understand the meaning of “media elites” at first. But I think I do now. Many of us [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:28:00+00:00 November 11th, 2016|CJ&N, Election Coverage, Strategy|0 Comments

Election Day Coverage: An Opportunity to Get it Right

Disgust. Uneasiness.  Anger. As voters put an end to election season tomorrow (hopefully), these aren’t the feelings generally associated with declaring winners.  Those words also apply to how many people view the news media. So for news organizations, striking the right tone on election night is important. Here are some big picture thoughts before you [...]

Using Coaching to Give Your Staff Room to Grow

A discussion this morning with my colleagues on offering push notifications prompted further discussion and thought about why it’s so common in this business to boil things down to yea or nay.  Crosstalk or no crosstalk, instead of, what kind, or how to do the best. It is a frustration of many managers I work with [...]

Reaching Viewers With Your App Promotion

You’ll hear it in almost every newscast: “…And you can download our app for breaking news and weather.” In many newscasts, it’s said the same way every day around the same time. In fact, odds are the copy is in the “format master” so the producer or anchors don’t have to add it. Unfortunately, it [...]