Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Former KJHKer is on Will Ferrell's website Funny or Die

Do you recognize the woman in this video? Hint: She is a former KJHK News Director. You can it FUNNY or does it need to DIE?!

The Kegger

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Be Back in a Little Over a Week

Hey, everyone! It's finally time for me to get hitched! I'll be the Dominican Republic for over a week. A couple people have the ability to post while I'm gone, although I'm not sure if they will or not. In any case, I'll be back to do so in 10 days, so I'll talk to you then (and I'll have pictures!). For now, I'll just leave you with this one I found online. I'm very excited!


This is Very Interesting

Lawsuits reveal a time of turbulence at KCTV
A gain in ratings came at a high human cost in the newsroom, court filings indicate.
The Kansas City Star

Recent lawsuits have shed new light on the dramatic makeover that turned “KCTV-5 News at 10” into the most-watched newscast in town.
KCTV, the CBS affiliate owned by Iowa-based Meredith Corp., had long been called a “country club” both by outsiders and the veteran journalists who toiled comfortably there.
In 2001, however, sagging ratings brought new management and a bruising culture change. All but a handful of on-air talent was replaced. The unobtrusive style of KCTV newscasts was replaced with a hard-charging approach characterized by the slogan “Live. Late-Breaking. Investigative.” The makeover catapulted KCTV back into the ratings race.
Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas from 2005 to 2007 allege, however, that this turnaround came at a high human cost.
Stuart A. Lebow, who directed newscasts at KCTV from 1996 to 2003, said that age discrimination and harassment were widespread inside the newsroom during this period, resulting in dozens of older staffers leaving.
According to Lebow’s lawsuit, senior employees were singled out for criticism, reassigned to less desirable shifts and generally treated differently from younger, more recent hires.

Read the rest

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

KUJH Awards

SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards
Winners in broadcast and online in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards competition (Region 7) include the following from KUJH. Congratulations to all the winners.

Television General News Reporting
• Second Place: Lynzee Ford, University of Kansas, “Animal Masks”
• Third Place: Brianna Auza, University of Kansas, “Backpacks”

Television Feature
• First Place: Whitney Mathews, University of Kansas, “Competitive Eating”

Online Feature Reporting
• Second Place: Heather Brummitt and Heidi Fedak, University of Kansas, “Seniors dance to their health”

Online In-Depth Reporting
• First Place: Patrick Shehan and Matthew Goble, University of Kansas, “Drought affects Kansans”*

Online Sports Reporting
• First Place: James Pinick and Andrew Baker, University of Kansas, “Evolution of KU cheerleading"*

Online Opinion & Commentary
• Second Place: Heidi Fedak and Micahel Phillips, University of Kansas, “eHub”

Best Affiliated Web site
• Second Place: KUJH-TV Staff, University of Kansas, “”
* Originally produced as TV packages.


Thursday, May 03, 2007

Regent Has Arrived

You were right...
CBS11 here in DFW is definately changing at the hands of its new news director - Regent Ducas. It's crime all the time!... similar to NBC5. Take a look at some of the local critiques...


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Producing Position in KC

Hello everyone!  We have a producer position open at KCTV5.  Right now, it's listed as a part-time AP job, but I think it would be worth checking out -- to see if it might turn into a full-time position.  For what it's worth, it's a work environment that definitely allows for promotions.  I started out producing the morning show 3 years ago and am now doing the 10pm.  We're getting a new news director and we've heard nothing but good things about her.  Please contact me if you're interested!  You can e-mail me at or

Thanks guys!
Julie Kellogg