Saturday, February 21, 2009

Helpful Hints for Mr. Capron

Apparently, someone at the radio station reads us, so here are some suggestions to improve the newscasts:
  1. Learn the local geography. For example, just because it has a Gardner Road address, doesn't mean it's in Gardner.
  2. Local geography, part 2: No need to report items from towns outside the signal area. If you're not sure who's listening, check which schools call in their closings, which towns the obits come from, which towns the ads are for.
  3. Break the unwritten(?) rule of at least one Illinois Information Service press release per newscast. There's more than enough local action, without having to use filler.
  4. Less meeting agendas, more hard news.
  5. Ask the "locals" how to pronounce names you're not familiar with.
  6. Give the area code with the phone number.
  7. Tell which town or jurisdiction an arrest was made in.
  8. Stop the "news in review." (Although it was sadly comical to hear the accident story told twice each newscast.)
  9. Be careful what you put in a recorded newscast. Breaking stories and weather warnings can quickly become irrelevant.
  10. Listen to the Sunday newscasts so you don't repeat all of Don's stories on Monday.
  11. Stop getting news from the Streator newspaper.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jay gets his "news" from the newspaper. He had the same misinformation as the MDH regarding Rich Wolf of Gardner.

11:24 AM, February 23, 2009  
Anonymous weary taxpayer said...

Skep, aren't there more pressing issues to discuss, like our soaring taxes and spending?

9:50 AM, February 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What makes you think someone from the radio station reads your posts?

5:34 AM, February 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good tips, Skep. I love our Morris radio station, but I would add this one suggestion to them.
Please stop getting so much morning news from the Joliet newspaper. Every morning, there are at least 2 or 3 stories word for word from there. I'm getting tired of hearing the exact same news from my paper and my radio each morning.
I know the radio doesn't pay very much, but I bet you can develop the same sources that the Joliet paper uses and get the news just as fast as they do, with different quotes and more information by just calling sources now and then and asking them to call you when something big happens.
If they can do it, so can you!

2:47 PM, February 27, 2009  
Anonymous horno the eighth dwarf said...

Isn't appropriating a news story from another source, virtually verbatim, without proper attribution, plagiarism? Just wondering.

7:03 AM, February 28, 2009  
Anonymous horno selling a bridge in brooklyn said...

Skeptical, you forgot one:
12. Do not report on your personal dealings with any Nigerian finance ministers.
Did we forget any others?

7:05 AM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of the radio station and I have to say some of this stuff is really nit-picking.

Plus, i think some of you have the copying of stories backwards. Many times I hear something on the radio and the paper has it a day or two later.

Last Friday, Jay had the robbery in Wilmington just an hour after it happened. I am sure he doesn't have a team of reporters to work with.

Besides Kim

BTW: Some of those tips are pretty good. I doubt he will ever see them unless someone sends him a link or something.

11:50 AM, March 05, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Jay and the radio station. He sounds better than Hensell or Dean Tambling and he has interesting stories.

He and Mike are hilarous when they talk in the morning.

5:25 PM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger skepticalmorris said...

Good point about the Herald-News: we used to hear complaints that there was no "hard" news, only meeting agendas and press releases. Now he tosses in a few arrest reports verbatim from the H-N.

He probably thinks it's not plagiarism because he always says, "According to published reports..."

So the timeline is now: H-N > radio > MDH
except that the Herald still scoops CSJ/JDK all the time because the recorded newscasts are so old; the Herald isn't available until after the noon and afternoon newscasts have been taped!

10:34 PM, March 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:37 PM, March 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Skeptical Morris Blogmaster - get something on here about the City purchasing the Morris Papermill property. An
11th hour scheme of Brian Feeney who is up for election soon.

5:29 PM, March 17, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a lot about broadcast news journalist, and I think the author hit it right on with the suggestions he offered. Constructive criticism only makes us better.

1:55 PM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's up with the fire there?

1:35 PM, March 30, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Dick and Don being fired? larry Nelson is an ass.

1:37 PM, March 30, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring Back WCSJ's Sunday Show

3:23 PM, March 30, 2009  

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