Saturday, October 15, 2005


As of this am, I am no longer a "Portland Media Insider", a decision that was long in coming.

Therefore, this blog will be no more, but I hope someone will pick it up and run with it. It had its moments, but in the end, it was as hard posting as was my decision to get out of the biz. Not sure what I will do next, but I have lots of options. Maybe I'll even write something about this experience.

I leave with no "deep meaning" sign off, other than I wish my colleagues and friends well as they practice their craft. Don't be so hard on each other. Don't be hard on yourself.


New locations to check out:

PDX Media or PDX Media Watcher or OregonMediaInsiders

Friday, October 14, 2005

"Good Night and Good Luck"

I plan to be a first nighter for "Good Night and Good Luck" the movie George Clooney made about CBS, Edward R. Murrow and Sen. McCarthy.

It was a dark time in US history and the first time TV news made an impact on society.

Lots of reviewers have looked at parallels between then and now - a timid press afraid to state the obvious or be tenacious. I think there's a lot to be said. Many people are saying finally the fourth estate is starting to do its job.

Hope to hear from those of you going or wanting to go. What did you think? I'll post my thoughts tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Barely Breathing

I know... too much time is going on between posts.

Very busy with life and work (who cares?), and am trying to find another way to do this that suits me and haven't like the results in tests. So I'm posting in fits and starts. Sorry to those of you (like me) who miss the more robust times.

A couple of things - Do the Trib bosses really like Stanford re-living Portland's past two out of every three columns these days? I said I liked his book about those times, but come on - there must be something for him to bitch about these days. I know, I'll throw him a bone - what do you think about Potter's plan for downtown?

A quick glance at some overnights may be proving me and others wrong. KGW's news on WB isn't making much of a gain from its old home on PAX. I thought WB's leads would help. Time will tell.

And sweeps are around the corner (two weeks from tomorrow). Wanna guess how many special reports will focus on meth?

I also got an email about that newspaper that was going to offer a new voice. Well, it's called the NW Meridian and its publisher says it'll be more conservative in a libertarian sense. Wonder how much money is behind it and if it will survive. It starts October 19th - a week from today and publishes every other Wednesday.

Press Releases

I received an email from someone who appears to be connected with a non-profit and he is asking how to get a news release looked at by the desk and in what form. Fax? Deliver in person? email?

I told him that it's best to fax or email and follow up, but it's likely the follow up with be responded to with an "I never saw that, send it again."

Can we help this person? How can he break through the clutter of hundreds of PR, marketing and development types trying to get space in our paper or on our air?

Friday, October 07, 2005

The Trib - More Like It

It was refreshing this am to pick up the Trib.

While it doesn't have the muscle of days past, at least the front page looked more like it.

Gone (at least today) was the HUGE picture and just a couple of stories.

Today's had four stories and a normal (for them) front page picture. Nothing earth shattering or ground breaking, but still good stories.

The paper is being propped up with a number of new writers, including some who are trying to negotiate a living wage, and some free lancers.

Still wonder how long this is going to last.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Welcome Back, Peter

I thought Saturday's column showed how far behind Mr. Ames Carlin is on the local media scene.

"Ackerman departing: Over at KATU (2), "AM Northwest" host Ken Ackerman is leaving the station and a 25-year career in broadcasting when his contract expires in November. The show's new co-host is ex-KGW (8) anchor Carl Click, who also will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast."

Um, it's 5 AM for Carl, and this and the other stuff he reported happened a while back, except the KOIN sale.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Working in TV

A good questions has been asked:

Why would someone who values good journalism, wants to participate in a community's conversation and/or wants to be part of a team of hard working people, continue working in local TV news - considering what it is now in Portland.

We know it's not always awful, that our bosses and owners aren't always idiots or out to get us or cut us from the payroll.

On our best days we can show people what is happening in our world, or expose things that are a threat. At our worst, we focus too much attention on people or events that have little to do with anyone's daily lives.

So why are we doing this?

I did it because I got to see the country and move to one of the best places in the US.