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Friday, September 19, 2003

LATE BREAKING
NY1 REPORTER HIT BY CAR

Rebecca Spitz, 31, was struck in the head by the van's mirror as she filed a story from the spot where sanitation workers discovered the body of a newborn baby girl in their garbage truck. 

She was unconscious and in critical condition at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital last night as family and friends - including Mayor Bloomberg - came to her bedside in hope she would pull through.

Spitz was standing just off the curb at West 121st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue around 2 p.m. when a red van knocked her to the ground. Police said the woman driving the van was not given a ticket and did not appear to be speeding.

"We're all really upset," said an NY1 reporter. "I saw her and she was laughing and acting sweet like she always does. You just never know."

Spitz, who recently became engaged while vacationing in Ireland, joined NY1 as an intern in 1993 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with an English degree.

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SHAM MARTYRS

Fired former WTVT reporter Steve Wilson, when asked how he could afford a luxury townhouse on a reporter's salary, responded.....

"Neither (wife) Jane (Akre) nor I now own--NOR HAVE WE EVER OWNED--a $1.4 million beach townhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida."

St. Johns, Florida, Tax Records

OWNER INFORMATION
Owner(s): WILSON STEPHEN G
AKRE JANE E, ETUX

Owner Relationship:HUSBAND/WIFE
Property Address:406 ROYAL TERN RD S
PONTE VEDRA BEACH FL 32082-7222

PROPERTY INFORMATION
County:ST. JOHNS
Assessor's Parcel Number:00544320310
Property Type:SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE - TOWNHOUSE
Subdivision:MARSH LNDG/SAWGRASS 32A

 

BUILDING/IMPROVEMENT CHARACTERISTICS
Building Type:SINGLE FAMILY
Number of Buildings:1
Year Built:2000
Living Square Feet:5209
Pool:YES

Pool Type:CONCRETE
Number of Stories:1.50
Construction Type:MASONRY
Construction Quality:LUXURY

LAST SALE INFORMATION
Sale Date:09/04/2002
Seller Name:WELDE DONALD J & P J TRUST
Sale Price:$1,386,700.00
Deed Type:GRANT DEED
Mortgage Amount:$300,700.00
Mortgage Type:CONVENTIONAL
Mortgage Term:30 YEARS
Lender Name:THORNBURG MTG HM LOANS
Recording Date:09/17/2002
Document Number:54282
Recording Book/Page:Book 1815, Page 499
Title Company:WATSON & OSBORNE TITLE SVCS

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NAWLINS TV LEGEND DEAD

Bill Elder, 65, a popular New Orleans anchor and award-winning investigative reporter at Belo's WWL-4-CBS, died Wednesday of complications from radiation treatment for cancer. 

During his 34-year career at WWL, he anchored the station's powerhouse noon and 5 p.m. newscasts.

He also did investigative reporting and won the George Foster Peabody Award in 1993 for an investigative series on alleged Medicaid fraud. He was a past winner of the Edward

R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, earning him the title among local viewers as "the Mike Wallace of Louisiana."

The New Orleans Times-Picayune offers only wire service coverage....

WWL-TV pays a tribute to Elder....

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DRIVING WHILE STUPID

Macon WMAZ-13-CBS sports reporter Ken Jones, 29, faces criminal charges, following an August 17 head-on collision that killed a woman.

He is expected to turn himself in today at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center, where he will be charged with felony vehicular homicide and DUI in the wreck that killed 48-year-old Ida Kathleen Buchhamer of Macon.

Test results show that Jones's blood-alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Witnesses said he was driving the wrong direction on Northside Drive and hit Buchhamer's car head on, killing her instantly.

Jones received only minor injuries.

WMAZ did not return phone calls Wednesday, and Jones's bio and photo have been removed from the station website.

Details....

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HAIR REWRITE

Atlanta TV "writer" Caroline Wilbert reworks a Chicago Tribune story on CNN's new boss Princell Hair in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

AJC editorial offices are directly adjacent to CNN, yet the article contains no original CNN quotes.

Instead, she revisits the usual industry quote machines at the Poynter Institute, the RTNDA, and...for some unknown reason....the University of Georgia.

And to think the AJC used to be one of America's great newspapers, before Richard Jewell removed its heart and soul.

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NEW SHYTOWN BOSS

As we speculated earlier this week, and can now confirm, Camille Edwards has been named news director of Chicago's NBC O&O WMAQ-5, succeeding Vickie Burns, who recently became VP of news at sister station WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.

Edwards arrives from WPVI, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia, where she has been assistant ND since 1997. She previously worked in Chicago as an executive producer at ABC-owned WLS-7 and as a producer at CBS-owned WBBM-2.

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BLOW JOB

As Hurricane Isabel lumbered toward the North Carolina coast, we took note of our Weather Channel pal Mike Seidel getting sand blasted, in the early morning hours, on Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Your surly editor loves watching his friends getting buffeted by 50 mph winds, but he wonders how long until a stray lounge chair or a razor-edged chunk of aluminum decapitates someone on live TV.

It would not be a pretty sight.

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Bad weather equals good ratings, concludes The New Jersey Star-Ledger

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"If people lose their power, it's very difficult to watch television," says Alan Mason, general manager of Time Warner's News 14 Carolina. Details of Carolina storm coverage... 

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SHAM MARTYRS

Steve Wilson and wife Jane Akre, the two former Tampa reporters who sued Fox and Tampa's WTVT five years ago....lost in court....and have since been collecting donations on their website to help defray legal expenses, now say they will comply with Florida state regulations, designed to oversee fundraising activities.

According to Wilson, now an investigative reporter for Detroit's WXYZ-7-ABC, the couple did not register with the Florida Department of Agriculture's Division of Consumer Services because they believed they qualified for an exemption. Public solicitations for money are allowed for "individuals who invite donations for a particular family in need."

The Division of Consumer Services, however, took note of the fact that Wilson and Akre have been raking in cash under the banner "Citizens Fund For The Right To Know."

Wilson now says he will comply with state regulations, but he will not produce audited records...nor will he explain how he is able to afford a $1.4 million beach townhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

"We have nothing to hide and never intended to violate even the spirit of state oversight," he told NewsBlues. "In fact, we welcome the opportunity to block further wild speculation by immediately complying with the obligations outlined to us today by the state official in charge of administering the state’s Solicitation of Contributions Act."

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BEST OF BALTO

OK, time for another one of those silly "Best Of...." editions that keep magazine budgets in the black. This time, it's Baltimore's City Paper, which proudly selects Sinclair's Mark Hyman as "Best Local TV Personality." 

Says the City Paper....

We're not giving this blow-hard the title because he's the best example of the dwindling quality of local TV news. He's the best because "The Point," his minute-long editorial spot on Fox 45's 11 o'clock news, is the most polarizing, the most infuriating, and the most pompous moment in the local TV news scape. And it's a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

The paper also names WJZ-13-CBS's Bob Turk "Best TV Weatherman"...... 

Part stump preacher, part carnival barker, part Uncle Buck, Bob Turk's "First Weather Warning" is like getting the weather from your overzealous and intensely amicable high school science teacher. He's kinda loud, he flails his arms across the blue screen, he's been around since you were wet behind the ears . . . he is the local weather, man. The guy played meteorologist as a kid. For fun. And he has a solar-powered house. In the fickle face of local news, Bob Turk is the one face who doesn't change like the daily barometric pressure.

And Sinclair Broadcast Group wins the award for "Best Power Grab."

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Longtime sports anchor Paul Davis, who's been in the business 22 years, including the past nine at Augusta's WRDW-12-CBS, is leaving television in late October.

He'll become a fund raiser for his alma mater, Graceland University, in Iowa.

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Michael Hydeck, 5:30 anchor and reporter at Sinclair's WLOS-13-ABC in Asheville, will move to weekend morning anchor/reporter at Viacom's WBZ-4-CBS in Boston, in late October.

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Reprint the business cards. 

AOL Time Warner is dropping the AOL, says the Washington Post

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Sweden's broadcasting watchdog said Wednesday it was censuring an Oprah Winfrey talk show for showing bias toward a U.S. military attack on Iraq.

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Only 14% of Americans believe U.S. news reporting has gotten better since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a survey released Wednesday by Harris Interactive. More than twice that percentage (36%) think news coverage has grown worse, while 45% believe it is about the same.

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MISSING LYNNE

Paint your surly editor with a wistful brush after hearing from Headline News legend Lynne Russell, who dropped us a quick note of thanks for our recent mention.

"There have been times when I have driven by the network and felt the urge to jump out of the car and run in and take somebody by the throat," she admitted.

Princell would be well advised to re-install Ms. Lynne on the Headline News anchor desk.

So, all seriousness aside, what's she up to these days...more than two years after departing the evil empire?

"At present I’m writing another book, the working title of which is 'Enemy Of The State,' a far cry from the previous 'How to Win Friends, Kick Ass and Influence People.' The new one examines the state of personal liberties in post-9/11 America, the most appropriate title of which would be, 'We Are F*****.'”

Russell's e-mail stationery contains a quote at the bottom....

"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. I am a free man."

The Prisoner

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LEGIT ACCESS?

On Sept. 10, Access Hollywood sent out a five-alarm media alert announcing that, "according to sources," the Jennifer Lopez–Ben Affleck nuptials had been canceled, thereby throwing the known universe into an emotional tailspin.

Access publicists called it "the biggest story of the fall."

"While others were tabloiding the story up, we weren’t," producer Ron Silverstein told the New York Observer. "All that trust adds up to a big scoop."

He also said the "scoop" probably had something to do with the Dateline NBC special in July, in which Access host Pat O’Brien talked to the couple for the prime-time newsmagazine—a bit of synergy that infuriated news purists. 

Since the Dateline fracas, Silverstein has been arguing that Access is as legit as NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

"We follow the same exact standards," he said. "It’s NBC News. We’re a news operation. We just happen to report on celebrities. We start a new show from scratch every morning at 5. It’s a crazy news show. Crazy."

"There is no show that goes to more uncomfortable places," said Silverstein. "The celebrities know us. We present it in a fair way. We’ll give the facts, but it will be fair. We won’t exploit it.

"People made their sly comments after Dateline," he said, "but it’s just not true. Pat O’Brien has won how many news Emmys? Ten! We have nothing to be ashamed of. We flash it up more. Just because ours is flashier and we do it in a fast-paced, lighter way, don’t criticize us because we have a great set and great graphics—that’s presentation. The substance is there."

So expect more Access with your NBC News. "Between the Today Show and Dateline, we do three things a week now," said Silverstein. "It started out a small thing, now it’s really more and more."

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GRAMMAR GARAGE SALE

Charley Johnson, General Manager of KVLY-11-NBC in Fargo, ND, earns a FREE Mrs. Bluezette's Grammar Guide for his newsroom, after writing.....

"I think the real question should be, why would anyone NOT want at least one 'Grammar Guide' in their newsroom? 

"Now, if you could come out with a 'Pronunciation Guide' (for phonetically-challenged writers) and an 'Every Sentence Needs a Verb Guide' (for writers who think 'President Bush, tonight, raising money in the midwest' is a sentence), we could make some real progress toward coherent communication with our viewers. 

"And here's another question: are you really 'Mrs. B,' or are you the Surly Editor pretending to be 'Mrs. B?' Either way, thanks for helping keep us informed, and on a straight and narrow language path."

For anyone else who may be suffering from a Mrs. B identity crisis, we offer this photographic proof of her existence. We hope this clears up any baseless, unsubstantiated rumors that your surly editor and the grammar queen are one and the same.

Mrs.B on LEFT (in white)  -- Surly Editor on RIGHT (in black)--->

If your newsroom needs a grammar refresher, write to MrsB@newsblues.com.

Also, a tip of the grammar hat to New York University, which yesterday ordered a dozen Grammar Guides for an upcoming course.

Remember, you can buy a CASE of 35 Grammar Guides for your newsroom at a 67% discount...only $5 a book.

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MRS. BLUEZETTE'S GRAMMAR CORNER
"A PBS mind in an MTV world." MrsB@newsblues.com

So are they "mortified" or "terrified"?
A former Raleigh anchor/reporter writes:

Why do so many people, broadcasters included, seem to believe the word "mortified" is synonymous with "terrified"? I hate to hear sentences such as, "The victim's family was mortified to learn the killer was still on the loose."

Jennifer Silverman Smart

Mrs.B doesn't know why, but she does know that "mortified" means "humiliated."

>She was MORTIFIED when she realized her mic was open as she yelled at the kids.

"Terrified" means "deeply afraid."
So

>The victim's family was TERRIFIED to learn the killer was still on the loose.

And speaking of "loose," notice that it has two o's.
"Lose" has only one.

>When the mic connection is LOOSE, we LOSE audio.

Another frequently misused pair of words: flounder and founder.
"Founder" has made the news recently:

The bombings came at a time of rising anger and despair on both sides, as the Bush administration's Middle East peace plan founders. (nytimes.com 9-10-03)

"Founder" means it sinks to the bottom.
"Flounder" means something or someone moves in a clumsy or confused way.

>If we don't focus and let ourselves FLOUNDER during this book, we may see our numbers FOUNDER.

And with that, Mrs. B leaves you with an appropriate quotation:

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, "It might have been." --John Greenleaf Whittier, poet (1807-1892)

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Monday, September 15, 2003

BREAKING NEWS
TEYA RYAN RESIGNS

Teya Ryan has "resigned" as executive vice president and general manager of CNN/U.S.  The announcement was made shortly after noon on Monday by CNN President Jim Walton, who indicated that Ryan would remain through the transition as a "consultant."

She will be replaced by Princell Hair, current vice president of news for the Viacom Stations Group, where he has ridden herd on a portfolio of 39 TV stations.

Hair's television career has been marked by a meteoric rise. He served briefly as news director of El Lay's KCBS-2.  Before that, he was ND of Baltimore's WBAL-11-NBC and NBC's Chicago O&O WMAQ-5.  He has also worked in Miami (WPLG & WSVN), Detroit (WDIV) and Orlando (WKMG).

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MINNEAPOLIS ND

Jeff Kiernan, current news director at Milwaukee's WTMJ-4-NBC (where he's been for 15 years), has been named the new ND at Minneapolis's CBS O&O WCCO-4, replacing Maria Reitan, who "resigned" last month.

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REPORTERS LIVING LARGE

Steve Wilson, the "chief investigative reporter for WXYZ-TV, the Scripps-Howard flagship ABC affiliate in Detroit," who was accused Friday by Atlanta's Creative Loafing newspaper of misappropriating money from a legal defense fund and using it to purchase a $1.4 million home in Ponte Vedra Beach, has refused to talk to NewsBlues unless we give him the "same kind of unedited 'news release' access to your readers that you allowed (Creative Loafing Sr Editor John) Sugg." 

We declined

"I see your policy is to simply print whatever release anyone sends you," harumphed Wilson.

NewsBlues asked him to respond to two simple questions...

"How can two TV reporters afford such a house?

"Were the funds collected from your website used in the purchase of this home?"

Creative Loafing article suggests that the money may have come from "uninformed do-gooders" who contributed to Wilson and Akre's "legal defense fund."

The two sued Fox Television five years ago, claiming they "pressured (them) to deliberately distort a news story-and then fired (them) after (they) resisted." Fox denied the claim and fought back.

A Tampa jury initially awarded Akre $425,000 for wrongful termination, but the award was later overturned on appeal.

"Every penny contributed to this fund goes to pay for legal expenses remaining from the trial as well as continuing expenses related to the appeal process—paralegals, transcripts of testimony, etc—only the direct expenses of this lawsuit," says their website. "Jane & Steve receive none of these funds for their personal use."

Where, then, did the money come from?

"It's not at all that simple," explains Wilson. 

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Endorsed by The Society of Professional Journalists, this special first edition is being used by college and university professors and is also ideal for high school broadcast journalism classes.

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Friday, September 12, 2003

CREATIVE LOAFING

You may remember Steve Wilson and Jane Akre, the husband-and-wife "reporting" team that produced a hysterical, poorly written investigation of Monsanto's cattle-fed growth hormone five years ago then screamed bloody murder when their bosses at Tampa's WTVT-13 asked them to make some copy changes.

Wilson and Akre were fired by the station for repeated acts of insubordination.

They then sued WTVT under a Florida whistleblower law and immediately began a vigorous campaign of fundraising and self-promotion

They implied impoverishment on their website, telling uninformed do-gooders that "we have decided to put our pride aside and ask all of you who will benefit from our struggle to help shoulder the burden of legal expenses."

Their web still contains a "Click Here to Help Jane and Steve" link.

To turbo charge their fundraising following defeat of their lawsuit, they claim they'll have to pay Fox's legal costs, as much as $3 million. That's a gross exaggeration. Fox won fees only for the relatively minor portion spent during the appeal of a jury decision.

Now Atlanta's Creative Loafing reports that Wilson and Akre have purchased a 5,000-square-foot, $1.4 million luxury townhouse near Jacksonville, Fla.

According to county records, the townhouse purchase on Ponte Vedra Beach shows only a $300,000 mortgage -- indicating a $1.1 million down payment.

When confronted with the records, Wilson last week refused to disclose any accounting of money he collected for the lawsuit. He claimed there were errors in the public records, but he refused to cite the specific mistakes or even to say whether they were significant.

Hatened litigation if Creative Loafing ran the information that he claimed was erroneous. Florida law, as with most states, protects reporting on the contents of public records.

According to the Wilson and Akre website, "Every penny contributed to this fund goes to pay for legal expenses remaining from the trial as well as continuing expenses related to the appeal process—paralegals, transcripts of testimony, etc—only the direct expenses of this lawsuit. Jane & Steve receive none of these funds for their personal use."

Don't miss this report by Creative Loafing Senior Editor John Sugg, who covered the entire Wilson/Akre circus when he was editor of CL's Tampa sister paper, the Weekly Planet.

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SHOOTING THE MESSENGER

The Justice Department may file a criminal complaint against ABC News over a story designed to reveal flaws in homeland security measures.

The story, which aired on last night's edition of "World News Tonight" and was reported by ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross and producer Rhonda Schwartz, detailed how ABC smuggled fifteen pounds of depleted uranium from Djakarta, Indonesia through the Port of Los Angeles.

According to Ross, the FBI first learned of the shipment early last week after a series of calls were made from a Customs dispatcher in Los Angeles.

Agents later showed up at ABC News' bureau offices. They sought footage from an ABC freelance cameraman, and - according to Ross - agents blocked the home driveway of one of the story's consultants when he was attempting to back out. The consultant, Tom Cochran, a physicist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, "thought he was being robbed."

A spokesman for Homeland Security told The Associated Press, "We believe ABC News may have broken the law, and we are pursuing the appropriate course of action. It is a question whether or not journalists should be breaking the law in the pursuit of a news story. It's not right for a reporter to rob a bank to prove the bank has lax security."

Details.....

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HOT POTATO

The Republican-controlled Senate dealt a blow to the Bush Administration Tuesday, voting to rescind new Federal Communications Commission rules that would allow large media companies to get even bigger.

By a vote of 55 to 40, the Senate approved a resolution that would roll back the F.C.C. regulations allowing television networks to own more local stations and that would have permitted conglomerates to own newspaper, television and radio stations in a single metropolitan market.

The resolution faces a tougher battle in the House and a possible veto by President Bush.

Details in the New York Times....

Writes New York Times political columnist William Safire....

F.C.C. chairman Michael Powell, sensing that not even his friendship with Senator John McCain nor his backing by Big Media is stopping the popular groundswell, has resorted to a fear appeal: that stopping more gobbling up of local stations by the broadcast networks will be the ruination of "free TV."

That's the ludicrous party line being peddled by G.E., which owns NBC.

But four-fifths of broadcast network TV is now delivered to homes by cable or satellite — not free — and NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox are making money hand over fist.

"Powell's Last Stand" on this false argument has become an embarrassment to the Bush White House, which has been foolishly threatening to veto any disapproval of the F.C.C.'s abdication of the public interest.

Don't miss Safire's brutal commentary in today's Times.....

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EXPANDING NEXSTAR

Texas-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group has signed an agreement to buy Quorum Broadcasting of Franklin, Tenn.

Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Quorum owns television stations in 10 markets and has local service agreements in four of its markets with stations owned by VHR Broadcasting or Mission Broadcasting of Amarillo.

Details....

Meanwhile, Nexstar has announced plans to go public in October. Initial public offerings are expected to sell in the $13-$15 range per share.

More....

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DOLPHIN SKINNED

Chris Baker reports in the Washington Times that Redskins' owner Daniel M. Snyder confronted WTTG-5-Fox photog Carlos Castro during a team practice session and ordered him to remove his teal-and-orange Miami Dolphin cap. (NOT the hat shown here)

Castro, described as a "proud Cuban American," declined...electing to keep his hat on because he felt Snyder was rude.

The hat brouhaha has turned Castro into a kind of folk hero among the local TV reporters and photogs who cover the Redskins, some of whom complain about shabby treatment from Snyder and company.

Details....

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LOVELY LISA

According to Monday Night Football announcer John Madden, "We were in Denver [a preseason game] and they threw out over to [Broncos receiver] Rod Smith, and Lisa (Guerrero) was a little too close. The defensive back and the receiver and the ball were all coming. And I noticed she not only turned her back, but closed her eyes."

And, we presume, she let out a little squeal.

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WELL, LET'S JUST CALL IT A WIN

Those fun-loving folks down at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a quarter-page ad in Monday's edition congratulating Atlanta Falcon head coach Dan Reeves on his 200th career win.

One teensy problem.

Reeves and the Falcons lost to the Redskins 33-31 on Sunday.

Details....

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ANOTHER WHAS DEFECTION

Top rated noon anchor Barry Bernson’s last day at Louisville's WHAS-11-ABC will be Friday, after 18 years at the station. 

"It's my decision," said Bernson. "They haven't forced me out or even hinted that I should leave, but I have been without a contract for two years, and I just felt this was the right time to move along."

Bernson began his reporting career at WAVE radio in 1969. He moved to WAVE-TV three years later, left to work in Chicago at WMAQ-5-NBC in 1976 and came back to WHAS-TV in 1985.

Local gossip boards speculate that he may be headed to WDRB’s FOX in the Morning.

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Anchor Deb Collins is leaving Lincoln's KOLN-10-CBS to become spokeswoman for the Nebraska State Patrol.

She replaces Terri Teuber, another former KOLN anchor, who resigned to work as Governor Mike Johanns' spokeswoman. 

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DC's WJLA-7-ABC is in discussions with Frank Sesno, a former CNN vice president and Washington bureau chief, about a gig at the station.

"They are a good group of people. We are having conversations," said Sesno, who left CNN in the September 2001 purge ("What purge?") after 17 years. He now teaches journalism at George Mason University.

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GRAMMAR GIVEAWAY

Griff Potter, Assistant News Director at Milwaukee's WTMJ-4-NBC, writes: "As a daily fan of your column, Mrs. B, I'd love to take you up on the offer of a copy of your book. Your common sense, yet insightful, tips improve the quality of our newswriting and provide fodder for spirited newsroom discussions. Thanks for the great work."

And thanks for the nice words, Griff. A FREE Mrs. Bluezette's Grammar Guide is winging its way to your Milwaukee newsroom.

By the way, Griff's boss, Jeff Kiernan leaves soon for the top job at Minneapolis's WCCO.

 

We also want to send out special thanks to CNN honcho Jerry DeMink, who sent us a pair of gorgeous CNN golf shirts in exchange for grammar guides.

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MRS. BLUEZETTE'S GRAMMAR CORNER
"A PBS mind in an MTV world." MrsB@newsblues.com

Mrs. B found this in her emailbox recently:

I just have a quick question.. which one is correct?

As the temperatures rise so "does" the number of auto thefts.
or
As the temperatures rise so "do" the number of auto thefts.

"THE number" takes a singular verb.
So the correct sentence would be:

>As the temperatures rise so DOES the number of auto thefts.

Here's another example:

>THE NUMBER of unskilled workers IS small.

"A number" takes a plural verb.

>A NUMBER of women ARE victims of the glass ceiling.

Here's a tip for remembering.
"A" comes in the alphabet before "the."
"Plural" comes before "singular" ("p" before "s" in the alphabet).
So "a number" gets paired with a plural verb, and "the number" with a singular verb.

MRS. B's GRAMMAR GUIDE contains nearly 200 of Mrs. B's more notable columns, fully indexed for finding easy answers to tough questions, quickly. The rugged spiral binder allows the book to lie flat on your desk for ready reference.

Endorsed by The Society of Professional Journalists, this special first edition is being used by college and university professors and is also ideal for high school broadcast journalism classes.

Cost is $14.95 plus $3.50 shipping and handling.  Mrs.B is also offering the GUIDE in digital format, delivered directly to your e-mail box as an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file, for only $8.95. (no shipping)

CLICK TO ORDER NOW


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