Behind The Scenes
22Jul/140

My Appearance on Green Mountain Mornings [07.22.14]

podcastQuick post to promote my latest appearance on Green Mountain Mornings (WKVT 1490AM and 100.3FM in the Brattleboro area). Today's discussion, with host Chris Lenois, includes: the Reformer's recent report, following a FOIA request, on the police-involved shooting from last April; local folks traveling overseas and sharing their stories; online-exclusive video content; and more ....

[NOTE: My commentary begins at the 9 minute mark.]

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.

25Jun/140

New features editor on Live & Local [06.24.14]

podcastTypically I use this space to promote my appearance on area radio talk show Live & Local .... However, other duties pulled me away, this week, and so I asked the Reformer's new features editor, Cicely Eastman, to fill in for me. Today's discussion includes: changes to the Reformer's arts coverage; online efforts; her background; and more! ....

Listen to it here.

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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.

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.

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.

16Apr/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [04.15.14]

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 the news of the week and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. This week's discussion includes: Traffic snarls following the unexpected closing of Interstate 91 over the weekend; The ongoing investigation into a police-shooting at a local hotel; And the future of Vermont Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Listen to it here.

25Mar/140

My Appearance on Live & Local [03.25.14]

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, today, to discuss the news of the week and journalism in general with host Chris Lenois. Planned discussion include: The fallout from last weekend's annual Representative Town Meeting in Brattleboro (coverage and my impressions); coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines Jet; and the Reformer’s policies regarding candidates for elected office.

Listen to it here.

14Mar/140

Reporting on sex offenders in the news

An interesting discussion in the newsroom, earlier today, on exactly how -- or even if -- a newspaper should report on sex offenders who move into the community.

As day managing editor Bob Audette put it: On the one hand it's a reader service and people should be aware if one of these people is moving into the community; On the other, these folks have served their time and deserve a second chance at a normal life (if they're on the "up and up").

Shadow figureTruthfully, this information is at anyone's figertips. Both Bob and myself signed up for alerts from the Vermont Department of Public Service Victim Crime Information Center. This information is public knowledge. But, the truth is, a lot of people just aren't aware of this service. So, if one of the main duties of a news outlet is to keep the public informed, isn't this just another reader service?

To be honest, until today's discussion, I didn't have an opinion on this one way or the other. But, after an editorial board meeting of the minds, the following decision was made: Starting in the next published Police Log, the Reformer will begin listing sex offenders who have recently been released into the community. Though we will be listing the name, age and offense of the offender, we will not be printing his or her photo or address.

That information will also run with the following disclaimer: However, for those in the community who would like to register to receive notifications, which include photos, go to icrimewatch.net/register.php?AgencyID=55275.

But, as with many decisions such as this, I'm interested to find out what members of the community think, as well. Do you believe it's a news outlet's responsibility to publish this type of information? Or do your believe once an offender has served his sentence he should be left alone to live in relative anonymity? Send me an e-mail or leave a comment, here.

[UPDATE: This conversation is also taking place over on the Brattleboro Reformer's Facebook page: take a look.]