Thursday, December 29, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
NEW CAREER SERVICE FOR ALUMNI:
The School's Career Center has started a new service for alumni. It now provides information about journalism jobs that require at least two years of experience. Jobs will be posted on the School's Web site and the list will be sent to subscribers through a biweekly e-mail. The new service will be for jobs that require 2-4, 3-5, 5-7 and 10 or more years of experience. Alumni who wish to find out about these positions and to be added to our listserv should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Journalism Jobs." If a graduate was registered with the Journalism Career Center as a student, no additional fee is required. New registration is $40.
Also, Emily mentioned that she's been promoted to Assistant Director of Annual Giving at KU Endowment doing direct mail campaigns, so good work out of her!
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
So, good work out of both of them!
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
The links on the right do work now. And all the posting tools should be back up and running, so send those comments (a.k.a. gossip) in now!
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Anyway, until I get a couple of hours to rebuild what I had, some of the links will not work including those for the "Where Are They Now" sections and the "Alumni Contact List."
Also, to post a new message, you'll have to send it to me directly at email@example.com.
Thanks and I'll update you later,
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
Sunday, October 23, 2005
I watched our KUJH DVD from 2002 the other night.
So funny! Remember, the days when Jessica Salazar was a.k.a. Maria?
...or Scott Smith's salty balls...
hmph...or the time Bieke ran down Jayhawk Boulevard in drag?
and Julie's graduation party...
Hi, hope you guys are all doing well...take care and drop me a line sometime! I'll be at the same place, probably for the rest of my life.
Editor's Note... I don't think I remember that drag part. Maybe I was too liquored up.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
This is Kyle Loudis, Barry's younger brother. saw on your blog about my bro's new job. He IS in Manhattan working for CSTV as the Midwest region coordinator. He's loving the big city. Sold his car, in the process of selling his assets, and is enjoying chinese food at 4:00am, as every other NYite. Any more questions - drop a note.
Editor's Note: So thanks to Kyle for keeping us informed even if his brother is a slacker and doesn't tell us things anymore.
Friday, October 21, 2005
LR guide to the new newswriting
In the old days (prior to, say, 1993 or so) there used to be specific guidelines at stations for use of on-air terminology. This was done so the viewers could understand the importance of stories in relation to each other. Now, so many of the terms are mixed messages. If you have seen that Edward R. Murrow movie, you may be confused by some of the terms used in the film because they are now badly dated. In the interest of public service, Lost Remote presents what news terms used to mean, and what they mean today.
BY STEVE SAFRAN
"We interrupt this program to bring you a Special Report":
OLD: The president has been shot.
NEW: A cute girl is missing.
OLD: The president will resign.
NEW: There's a car on the side of the road with a flat.
OLD: Man will land on the moon within the hour.
NEW: Man landed on Pam Anderson over the weekend.
OLD: We are the only people he would do an interview with.
NEW: We are the only people he would do an interview with from 7:43 am - 7:48 am.
NEW: Live (on tape or possibly an :01 generic for everyone)!
"Storm Central is in full gear!"
OLD: A major, possibly record-breaking storm is headed our way and there is important information you need to know for your safety.
NEW: It's looking sorta cloudy, isn't it?
"We have a crew on the way."
OLD: We have a crew on the way.
NEW: We just saw the story on the other channel and we're calling in our truck guy from his day off.
"We have new details..."
OLD: We have found out additional facts that are new and pertinent to your understanding of this complex story.
NEW: We got nothin', but we're rewriting the copy in the present tense.
"Our Team Coverage"
OLD: Four reporters on a big story that requires several locations to tell properly.
NEW: Eighteen reporters on a non-story, possibly standing within inches of each other.
"We are sending out our chopper."
OLD: Because there's a riot in the streets, and aerials will provide perspective as to its intensity, range and danger.
NEW: Because the promos say we will.
"We are the number one news station in town!"
OLD: We won in the ratings.
NEW: We won in the ratings among 34-59 year old middle-income white females earning $34,500 - $52,875 with two or fewer kids who are expected to purchase shoes in the next quarter.
"Go to our website for more information."
OLD: Go to our website for the exact same information.
NEW: Go to our website for more information buried among car ads, Google ads, our marketing message, our "community" work, team bios, show schedules and how to buy advertising on our channel.
"We are making calls right now to find out more."
OLD: We are making calls to our contacts who can give us the inside scoop.
NEW: We are waiting for the AP update thingy to go "ping"!
"This story will have major impact here at home."
OLD: Ways the national or international story directly impacts our community.
NEW: Someone in our 250 square mile area has a cousin who knows someone there.
"There has been a major outbreak of a deadly virus."
OLD: 35,000 people are infected and it is spreading out of control.
NEW: It showed up in a dead bird.
"This just in..."
OLD: We just found this out and we want you to know about it.
NEW: We finally got the prompter to work.
"Jeff Smith is on assignment."
OLD: Jeff Smith is doing a weeklong investigation into City Hall corruption.
NEW: Jeff Smith is holding out for more money.
"Our reporter joins us by videophone."
OLD: Because we wanted to get this to you quickly, and it's the best we can do right now.
NEW: Because it's a shitload cheaper than a live truck, a truck op, a cameraman and satellite time.
"Visit our blog."
OLD: Our what?
NEW: Our GM saw someone else doing it, so here it is.
"Are your children in danger? Watch us tonight to find out."
OLD: Yes, there is contaminated water at our playground that is making children ill.
NEW: No they aren't. Good tease writing, though.
"There is controversy tonight over..."
OLD: Two big shots are debating an important matter relating to politics, business or the community.
NEW: Someone thinks Lindsay Lohan and Calista Flockhart are too thin.
"Exclusive new undercover videotape..."
OLD: You mayor smoking crack with a hooker while stealing money from the city for more drugs.
NEW: Paris Hilton.
"You won't believe what we uncovered."
OLD: A smoking gun clearly showing the governor and his cronies on the take.
NEW: Something we took off "The Smoking Gun" website.
"That story when we return."
OLD: We have two minutes of commercials now, then we'll tell you the story.
NEW: It's buried in the "F" block, about 45 minutes from now.
"You are watching WXXX - the Emmy's station of the year."
OLD: We won "station of the year" this year.
NEW: We won it 16 years ago. Before there was competition.
"We are having technical difficulties."
OLD: Something broke. We're fixing it.
NEW: It never worked in the first place.
"Don't miss our News at Five!"
OLD: Watch us. There has been a lot going on today.
NEW: Please watch us or we're getting ditched for Dr. Phil.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Now, you have no excuse.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Also, Free State Communication's acquisiton of KTKA in Topeka has officially gone through. Now, the company is looking to hire a full news staff from photogs, news reporters, sports reporters, editors... you name it, they're hiring. The news director is John Rinkenbaugh, who, as I understand it, worked at KSNT earlier in his career. Now granted, it would mean working in Topeka, but you could live in Lawrence and commute.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Dick has completed the latest Alumni Newsletter. It's a pretty good read including some interesting first-hand accounts of alums in the hurricane zone.
Also, there is confirmation of Dick's permanent promotion to GM. Hooray!!!
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Alrighty.. I'm done. On a side note.. it's almost time for me to start job hunting.. so let's start posting some openings!!
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Also, I have unconfirmed reports that Barry Loudis has moved on from the KU athletic department and is now working for College Sports Television is some capacity. However, this is second hand knowledge, so I don't know exactly what he's doing. Maybe he could drop me a line and let us all know.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
OK, that's it for me. Hope everyone's having a good summer.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Bambi and I became parents a few weeks back. We had a little boy - Tyson James (we call him Ty).
I'm still out of the news business and still as happy as ever. Though now back in the sports world at the Golf Course Superintendents Association in Lawrence.
Any alums out there and in the area, drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Yes, I'm moving up in the world - quite literally, Fairway is north of Lawrence and heading to KCTV 5 News - Live. Late-Breaking. Investigative.
And, I'm becoming a corporate shill, not that I have a problem with that. I'll be producing the daily topical news promos that will air on KCTV 5 Live. Late-Breaking. Investigative. as a part of America's Number 1 Network - CBS. (I'm practicing the whole promotions thing. How's it working?)
But, the biggest plus out of the whole new job thingie, no more photoging, and I'll be working on a non-linear machine for pretty much all the editing that I do during the course of the day.
My wife and I are moving in just a couple of weeks to Overland Park, and I'll be starting at 5 on the 27th.
It's addition by subtraction (6 - 1 = 5, get it?) and I couldn't be happier with the chance at this new job.
Topeka has been nice this past year, but I'm not fond of commuting, not to mention Melissa and I both know more people living in KC than we ever met in Topeka, so it'll be cool. Hopefully we'll see some of you locals around.
Friday, July 15, 2005
I now reside in Los Angeles, the smoggiest city in all the land. I work for an "integrated entertainment marketing firm" called Creative Domain. Basically we are a film and television advertising vendor. I began as an assistant editor in February, and was promoted to editor in April. As far as jobs go, I couldn't ask for more. I have an incredible boss, and I sit around all day cutting commercials for my favorite t.v. shows and movies. There is the pandora's box of egos to deal with, but I suppose that is Hollywood. I signed a non-compete contract for two years, and who knows if I'll stay or go after that. I was looking on the site to see if any other KUers had made it out this way, but alas I found none. I wish you all the best, and please, contact me anytime @ email@example.com or 512-228-7777.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Also, there may be another of us with a job change to annouce soon. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Monday, July 04, 2005
Sunday, June 26, 2005
So I will tell you that I have indeed arrived in lovely Providence, RI. I started Tuesday, and right now I'm going through that lovely "training" stage where they don't really let you do anything. I should be TD'ing by next week however, so that will be exciting.
The part that really makes me happy is the big city part. Not to drop names or anything, but my girlfriend Lauren and I were walking through the park along the Charles River in Boston today and who should walk by but Matt Damon. No kidding. We sit down a little ways down the path, and he doubles back and works out right in front of us with his personal trainer. Not that I'm lame and starstruck or anything, but I totally am.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
It all has to do with an interview with Lost Remote did with TV consultant Michael Rosenblum who says that two-person crews to report a story will soon pass us by. As the story says, "Why should you listen? Rosenblum coined the "VJ" name and brought one-man-bands to NY1 back in 1992. Since then he's trained VJs at the BBC, Oxygen Media and New York Times Television, just to name a few. And the VJ movement is just getting started. Earlier this month, KRON-TV surprised local TV newsrooms everywhere with the announcement that it will soon transition to VJs."
It's a very interesting read, and the detailed comments (more than 50) from people in and out of the business discussing the ramifications of this approach is riviting. Read it here...
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Everything is going ok so far down here in Abilene. By the way, I am doing my first LIVE shot today during the 6:00pm newscast. Wish me luck. Take care everyone.
Mike Alzamora #35
Friday, May 13, 2005
By Michael Hooper
A company affiliated with The Lawrence Journal-World has agreed to purchase KTKA-TV, Channel 49, for $6.2 million, according to an application and purchase agreement accepted Monday by the Federal Communications Commission.
Free State Communications LLC has agreed to buy the television station and building, 2121 S.W. Chelsea, from Northeast Kansas Broadcast Services Inc., Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Free State Communications lists its address as 609 New Hampshire, Lawrence, which is the address of The Journal-World.
e sale because it was pending. Free State Communications lists Gage as its resident agent, according to the Kansas secretary of state's Web site. The 50-page sale agreement was signed on behalf of Free State Communications by Patrick Knorr, general manager of Sunflower Broadband, the World Co.'s Internet service provider.
Berl Brechner, president of Northeast Kansas Broadcast Services Inc., said the sale is pending a 30-day comment period, with final approval scheduled for this summer.
Meanwhile, Emmis Communications, owner of KSNT-TV, Channel 27, in Topeka, announced Tuesday it has put its television assets up for sale.
Emmis, of Indianapolis, owns 16 television stations, including KSNW-TV NBC 3 in Wichita.
"Our decision to explore strategic alternatives for our television assets comes from our ongoing dedication to lowering our debt and putting us in a better position for growth," said Jeffrey Smulyan, chief executive officer, president and chairman of Emmis.
Earlier this year, Brechner sold radio station KTPK-FM/Topeka for $5.7 million to JMJ Broadcasting Co. KTPK is located in the KTKA-TV building.
Brechner said he was selling the properties for "family and personal reasons."
"It's time for us to make these changes," he said.
Brian Byrnes, vice president with Media Venture Partners, the broker in the deal, said the World Co. was acquiring a good station in a well-equipped building.
"It's a fine station," Byrnes said. "The Brechner family did a great job over the years. The World Co. will do a great job, too.
"It's a terrific facility. It's well equipped. It's got good people, and I know the World Co. has good people. It will be an excellent marriage."
Ann Brill, dean of the journalism school at The University of Kansas, said Dolph C. Simons, chairman of the World Co., has a history of putting money back into properties and making them better. The World's convergence of online, television and print properties has become a model for other media all over the world, she said.
"They've been winning awards and setting trends," she said. "It will be fascinating to watch what they do with this station. It's not going to be business as usual. I expect innovation and overall good for the audience."
KTKA-TV, the ABC affiliate, dropped its local news team about three years ago. The station went on the air in 1983 as KLDH-TV. After Brechner bought the station in 1986, it was given new call letters, KTKA-TV.
KTKA-TV has about 30 employees, according to an article by The Journal-World.
Dolph Simons, grandson of Journal-World founder W.C. Simons, has been editor and publisher of the newspaper since 1962.
The World Co. also owns newspapers in Tonganoxie, Baldwin City, Basehor, Bonner Springs, Eudora, Lansing, Shawnee and DeSoto. A related enterprise created by The World Co., WorldWest LLC, owns newspapers in Payson, Ariz., and Steamboat Springs and Craig, Colo.
The company also owns the cable television franchise for Lawrence and activated service to customers in December 1971. More than 80 percent of Lawrence's households receive cable television on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. Sunflower also offers cable television service in Douglas County, Eudora, Tonganoxie, Basehor and Piper.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
We're supposed to have local news up and running (again) in Topeka by the fall. Drop me a line - firstname.lastname@example.org - if anybody you know needs a job.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
.. as to why I post this here.. I was walking by the chain link fence outside of the memorial and noticed a KU key chain. It reminded me of home and friends. Hope everyone is doing well.. because I know many of us (me included of course) aren't staying in touch as well as we should be.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Answer: I don't know about her reading this page but this is from ABC.com
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Me in 3 words: Animated, outgoing, honest
My greatest achievement to date: I was the first person in my family to complete college.
Why I haven't found the man of my dreams: I am very picky and have high moral values.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Sat Apr 9, 7:49 PM ET Television - AP
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jeff Varner, who was bumped from "Survivor" in 2001, has a new job in reality television: TV newsman. Varner will join WGHP, the Fox affiliate based in High Point, as a weekend anchor, the station announced Friday.
Prior to his stint on "Survivor," Varner worked as an Internet project manager in New York City and earned a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Still, he says his "Survivor" ties have created some career challenges.
"I have the label of reality-show contestant tattooed across my face," he told the News & Record in an earlier interview. "I have a journalism degree, the experience, and I can write better than most producers. But I know I have to work three times as hard because credibility is a big issue."
After his ejection from "Survivor," Varner's charm earned him a series of television appearances and jobs, including one as an interviewer and correspondent for the TV Guide channel.
"Jeff brings to the table charisma, energy and his strong desire to return home," said Karen Koutsky, WGHP's vice president of news.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
On another note, he can now boss everyone around, and you know how crazy drunk with power he can be... ;)
Monday, March 28, 2005
I hate all the ads on this Web site.
If you want to see what your successors at KUJH-TV are doing these days, check out our new Web site at tv.ku.edu. This is a product of the new online editing class.
Editor's Note: If you want a free website that's fairly easy to manage, you have to live with the fact that there are ads. It's sad but true.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
By the way, if you're frustrated by Internet Explorer and Netscape both as much as I am, go get the Firefox brower if you haven't already. It's faster, and the Live Bookmarks fuction for reading news sites like CNN rules.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Why do I think that? Just read the press release our station put out on Wednesday afternoon.
At WWTV-WWUP/TV, 9&10 News, we believe that the role of a local television broadcaster is to serve our local community. We offered our online poll concerning the airing of the Dan Rather special as a way to let our Northern Michigan viewers voice their opinion.
Unfortunately, this simple act of broadcasting localism has been grossly misinterpreted. We were simply trying to maintain the great tradition of local viewer input that is the foundation of our modern day broadcasting system. It was never our intent to embarrass Mr. Rather or the CBS Network.
We have always valued our over 50 year relationship with the CBS network and look forward to many more years of our affiliation.
Therefore we have suspended the poll and will broadcast the program in its entirety.
We apologize for any misunderstandings our actions may have caused.
William E. Kring
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
And the shit has hit the fan...
We got an article written about us from the AP yesterday that ran in the morning papers.
That also led to a story on CNN this morning. And, Lost Remote (www.lostremote.com), a TV blog I read picked up the story which means it’s just a matter of time before the blog-o-sphere starts posting all willy-nilly.
AndI'm told that Les Moonves called the station last night to demand we air the special.
Ah, the fun continues.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Feature, hard news, enterprise, in-depth all are fair game. In particular, I would like entire newscasts that demonstrate the Four Keys to Winning Newscasts, below. Thank you in advance.
The Four Keys to Winning Newscasts
1. Win the Lead Story
Purpose of the lead story to draw viewers into newscast and make them watch.
If they don't "buy" lead, they'll never see anything else you've worked hard on all day!
Choose a high impact story that affects as many people as possible.
Use all resources necessary to win the story.
Don't ignore sports and weather
2. Win the Key Stories Not all stories created equal!
Use resources on the key stories that make an impact.
Make sure you take care of your key stories before assigning resources to anything else.
3. Win your Points of DifferenceT
he elements your viewers can get only from your newscast.
Elements that illustrate your storytelling personality and define your image.
Points of Difference give viewers a reason to tune in today!
What are some points of difference in local newscasts?
4. Create Memorable Moments
Make people remember your stories and your newscast.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Monday, February 14, 2005
WPLG thought some unscrupulous men were riding around in a van
enticing women to strip down and get nasty inside a van, only to find
out the entire thing is staged. Watch Local 10 get taken for a ride by
The Porn Bus.
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
My favorite is the first one:
I'm outside somewhere. I see a plane falling. It crashes just a few blocks away in a ball of flames. I dial the assignment desk. It rings and rings and rings.
Finally someone picks up. They don't know who I am. I scream, "Put me on the air!" They hang up.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
By the way, if any of you missed the Super Bowl commercials, you can see them again online at www.ifilm.com
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
I thought it was about time I stopped in and gave an update, although it was already listed in the fantastic Dick Nelson publication, KUJH alumni newsletter #4.
I have moved to Los Angeles as of 10 days ago, and it has been pretty hectic to say the very least. As Dick reported, I began doing freelance production, but I have garnered interest from a few post production and entertainment advertising companies here in town. I am beginning a trial run, which is a precursor to full time work, with a company called Creative Domain. They do everything under the sun when it comes to film and television advertising. I would be working in a brand new division of dvd production, creating featurettes, outtakes, and special scenes for both movie and tv dvds. Like I said, it is still in the preliminary stages, but I'm incredibly excited about it, and my future opportunities here in la la land.
Drop me a line whenever you have a sed, and let me know how things are going.
Oh, and I have no plans to get married in the near future. Thought that warranted mention based on the recent history of kujhalumni.com
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
More Job Openings --
If anyone is looking to move, my station has 3
openings in news: a reporter, producer, and
photographer. There's more info on our website
www.wbay.com WBAY, the ABC affiliate in Green Bay,
WI. Feel free to e-mail me if you're interested.
Also, if anyone knows of any sports reporter or
weekend anchor openings in Top 35 markets, could you
drop me a line? It's slow now since the season is
over, just waiting to see if Favre will return or
Saturday, January 15, 2005