Behind The Scenes
16Jul/140

My Appearance on Green Mountain Mornings [07.15.14]

podcastRegular readers will now I've had a weekly appearance on local radio program Live & Local for 7-plus years ... but Live & Local is no more (read more about that, here). In it's place is Green Mountain Mornings, which airs 6 to 9 a.m. Mondays through Fridays on WKVT 100.3FM and 1490AM (in the Brattleboro area). However, my weekly contributions on local news, topics and the journalism industry will continue, with host Chris Lenois. In my first appearance on the show, we discuss: Entergy's payment to Vermont to offset the closing of Vermont Yankee and how that money should be used; Brattleboro Community Television's national recognition and community news coverage in general; parenting columnist Jill Stahl Tyler; and the variety of ways the Reformer publishes different types of information.

Listen to it here.

18Jun/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [06.17.14]

podcastQuick post to promote my latest appearance on Live & Local (WKVT 1490AM and 100.3FM in the Brattleboro area). I was the in-studio guest this week, to discuss news from the past several days and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. Today's discussion includes: Vermont's GMO labeling efforts; picking sides in terms of news coverage; election/candidate coverage; and more ....

Listen to it here.

12Jun/141

Meet the Reformer’s new features editor

When a small newsroom loses a member, especially one who has held a position for several years, it can be a daunting task to replace them. Such was the challenge I was unexpectedly faced with when, a few weeks ago, longtime arts editor Jon Potter resigned to take a new job with Brattleboro-based Lachis Arts/Corportation (read more about that, here).

As tracking down a replacement, along with many other newsroom responsibilities, dominated a lot of my time over the past few weeks, I was remiss in taking to this blog to publicly voice my positive opinion of Jon and the work we've done together in my time in Brattleboro. In short, for those who don't know, I began my career in the same seat -- albeit at a different news outlet -- that Jon held at the Reformer. We found much common ground in those shared experiences ... along with the many Friday night shifts we shared putting together the Weekend Reformer. Jon had a fantastic handle on the local arts scene, many contacts, and strived weekly to put together a solid arts section, chock-full of local content from all corners of the local entertainment scene.

[Good luck, Jon. It was a pleasure working with you!]

All that said, Jon departure opens the door for the opportunity to re-image the shift that aspect of coverage. As it turns out, I did not need to look far to find a person to fill that void. Cicely Eastman has been a longtime member of the Reformer, most recently as the special sections editor and online content contributor.

Much like when photo editor Zach Stephens departed last year -- and I converted that position to multi-media editor (a position now held by Kayla Rice) -- I shifted the vision of what Jon's former position should and/or could be: Cicely will serve as the features editor, overseeing the Reformer's arts coverage, assigning stories to the reporters, and handling the production of various editorial elements being created in the newsroom (specifically the weekly arts section Ovation! -- but, for example, she also assisted this week with our annual Graduation special section).

Here's a short piece I put together for Reformer.com announcing Cicely's appointment:

11Jun/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [06.10.14]

podcastQuick post to promote my latest appearance on Live & Local (WKVT 1490AM and 100.3FM in the Brattleboro area). I was the in-studio guest this week, to discuss news from the past several days and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. Today's discussion includes: coverage of "accident" stories, with reference of the recent crash involving Selectboard Chairman David Gartenstein; properly vetting information before publishing the news; a local man crashing into an area post office; the departure of longtime arts editor Jon Potter; and more ....

Listen to it here.

28May/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [05.27.14]

podcastQuick post to promote my latest appearance on Live & Local (WKVT 1490AM and 100.3FM in the Brattleboro area). I was the in-studio guest this week, to discuss news from the past several days and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. Today's discussion includes: Memorial Day observations; the protest at Santa’s Land; news from Wilmington; the growing popularity of lacrosse; and more ....

Listen to it here.

21May/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [05.20.14]

podcastQuick post to promote my latest appearance on Live & Local (WKVT 1490AM and 100.3FM in the Brattleboro area). I was the in-studio guest this week, to discuss news from the past several days and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. Today's discussion includes: recent coverage of town elections; drug raids in the Bellows Falls area; the student sit-in at Hinsdale High School; feral pigs; and more ....

Listen to it here.

13May/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [05.13.14]

podcastQuick post to promote my latest appearance on Live & Local (WKVT 1490AM and 100.3FM in the Brattleboro area). I was the in-studio guest this week, to discuss news from the past several days and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. Today's discussion includes: Recent coverage of the legislative session in Montpelier; municipal politics; and abandoned beaver dams. ....

Listen to it here.

6May/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [05.06.14]

podcastQuick post to promote my latest appearance on Live & Local (WKVT 1490AM and 100.3FM in the Brattleboro area). I once again needed to call in to the show, this week, to discuss the news of the week and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. Today's discussion includes: Vernon’s special Town Meeting and decision to eliminate the town police department; controversial remarks made by the Rockingham/Bellows Falls municipal manager (including how and why to cover those types of stories); and letters to the editor about sex offender registries. ....

Listen to it here.

30Apr/140

It’s nice to be noticed

The editorial staff over at Rolling Stone recently made mention of one of the Reformer's recent editorials on Vermont's heroin crisis. (To be fair, we were referring to Rolling Stone's recent coverage, too).

Rolling Stone

It just goes to show, especially in this day and age, that regardless of how large (or small) you perceive your readership to be, people are always reading.

[For point of reference, here's a link to the editorial Rolling Stone was referencing.]

29Apr/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [04.29.14]

podcastQuick post to promote my latest appearance on Live & Local (WKVT 1490AM and 100.3FM in the Brattleboro area). Due to a rash of sickness through the house, I called in to the show, this week, to discuss the news of the week and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. This week's discussion includes: recent police-related news coverage; newspapers sharing content; various budget issued and re-votes happening around Windham County; and much more ....

Listen to it here.