You have to give the marketing department at Spirit Airlines points for creativity. They’re not about to let a juicy scandal get by them, especially if it involves Justin Beiber.
I got an email from Spirit Airlines today about some special deals. It got my attention with “JustIn time” and “before you get egg on your face.”
Smart marketing? Definitely.
Today a student, a journalism major sent me a link to an internship being offered by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Full disclosure, I’m a Vice President with the SPJ Fort Worth Chapter.
I love this description for this internship. I don’t know who wrote it, but I appreciate the honesty.
Here’s what SPJ wrote under “What we’re looking for.”
— Someone who is so organized, they know the birthdays and anniversaries of all their relatives.
— Someone who is a whiz on social media, has experience with marketing and is capable of sharing information in ways that make people listen.
— Someone who can jump from task to task with cat-like nimbleness.
— Someone who knows stuff about journalism, even a little.
— Someone who isn’t an ass and gets along with just about anyone.
— Someone who asks a lot of questions, but knows when to shut up and get to work.
— Someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
— Someone familiar with AP Style.
— Someone who cares deeply about the quality of their work.
— Someone who isn’t a wimp.
I want to work with the person who wrote the description. Clever, honest and to the point. Now the applicant will know what SPJ really needs in an intern.
If you’re interested in this internship follow this link and apply : Communications Postgraduate Internship
The deadline is January 29. Good luck!
I’m writing this blog today, because I have a friend who is going through a challenging time. My friend is a reporter.
People expect us reporters to be PERFECT. We do the best we can to not make mistakes. We work hard even when we are juggling multiple assignments and the boss is thinking of adding one more.
So with that said…
Don’t run away from co-workers or friends who are going through a challenging time, especially if it happens at work. Move towards them.
No matter the situation, always be the one who lends a word of comfort and hope. Keeping silent is not a good thing. Put yourself in that person’s place. Here’s hoping my friend, the reporter gets out of a slump.
I hope Brooke Graham of KUTV in Utah is doing fine. I saw her video of her passing out during an interview and thought this woman is a trooper. She actually passed out and then came to and kept interviewing a man on skis.
Her video of course went viral. Brooke said in her blog that she is known for passing out when she’s in high altitudes and cold temperatures. She also added…
“I could feel myself getting light headed and tried to warn the producer that I was sick. After I went down I sat up and had no idea how long I had been out but saw the camera pointed at my face and decided to keep on talking!”
Anchoring 102, anchors don’t laugh at your reporter especially when they faint. Those two anchors at Brooke’s station looked as compassionate as a tree when the camera cutaway to them laughing. They could have at least asked Brooke if she was ok or taken control and said “Brooke we’re going to make sure you’re ok” and then cut to a commercial break.
Brooke’s fainting spell landed her on national television, CNN and CBS to name a few. She and her twin sister are feature reporters at KUTV. They’re known for testing products and talk fashion on their blog.
Brooke you’re definitely one brave reporter. But take care of yourself first, TV always comes second.
The Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is breaking new ground in the 2014 contest area. This year the board voted and approved two new categories in the First Amendment Awards. Two Spanish-language categories have been added: Spanish-language General News and Spanish-language Investigative
Full disclosure, I’m the Vice President of Membership and a social media contributor for the chapter.
No one in the past had ever suggested to the board to add Spanish-language categories. This year I pitched the idea to our president Kim Pewitt Jones and VP of Awards, Tracy Everbach. They welcomed the suggestions with open arms and so did the rest of the board.
We have a huge Spanish-language media presence in North Texas with Telemundo 39, Univision 23, Al Dia and La Estrella newspapers. And then when you check across the state there are plenty of other Spanish-language media. Locally, Spanish-language news teams have done great investigative stories. They’ve also had exclusive news reports, often beating English language media.
So a big thank you to the SPJ Fort Worth board members for adding the new categories in the First Amendment awards. Now my hope is that other SPJ Chapters and the National organization can follow our lead.
TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA MEDIA CALL FOR ENTRIES
The First Amendment awards competition recognizes work that defends the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, furthers the people’s right to know how governments and businesses affect their lives, and champions the powerless and disadvantaged
Who may enter - Broadcast and print/online journalists in Texas or Oklahoma or whose work is used by news organizations in those states
FEES • $35 professional entry, $15 student entry
Deadline to enter – Jan. 15, 2014
For more information and to enter your work, follow this link: http://www.spjfw.org/pages/4awards.html
The awards will be given out at our awards/scholarship banquet in April. This year our keynote speaker is WFAA-TV’s Brett Shipp. He’s a multiple award winner and one of the best investigative reporters in the country.
For more information on scholarships follow this link: Scholarship applications, deadline is January 31st.
Good luck to everyone who enters!
There’s nothing like a marriage proposal that will make you tear up, and I don’t even know this couple. But a cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls will never forget the moment when she went from cheering on the basketball court to facing her future husband in front of thousands of Bulls fans. Get your tissues out!
News anchors eating vomit, sports anchors being out done by wild fans, and x-rated surprises! Those are actually things that have happened on “live television.”
News consultants beat into the heads of TV news managers that the audience wants to see us reporters live, live, live! That’s why when it’s snowing outside, we’re standing on an icy road telling you “It’s snowing outside.” When it’s hot outside, that’s why we’re locked in a car “live” as the heat rises and we’re almost passing out. Ok I’m exaggerating a bit.
But sometimes things can get really weird. These “live surprises” will make you laugh.
Hire these rappers! That’s what I would say to every college and university president in the U.S.
Someone posted this video on my Facebook page. It was produced by students at the University of North Texas in Denton. The UNT Rap Anthem- (Official Unofficial) is catchy and clever.
UNT should hire these marketing geniuses. What a great way to recruit new students to the school.
Congrats to the producers: Steve Meehin, Desmond Thomas, & Caleb Ward and the rest of your UNT team.
Every time I drive by a cemetery, I think of the people who were buried there. Did they live a good life? Did they accomplish everything they wanted before they left this earth? Were there any regrets?
I ran across a blog from 2011 written by a nurse that revealed the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed. After looking at the list, I felt that I was on the right track of no regrets.
Here are the 5 regrets the nurse revealed:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
When I look at the list I think I’m doing OK. I’ve always believed in being myself and not trying to “keep up with the Kardashians.” My parents taught me to be an independent person; to choose what I wanted to become in life and choose the career that would make me happy. My parents were about follow your passion and not the money.
I was also taught not to fear speaking up even if sometimes it was not the popular thing to say. I know many people who hold everything in, because they’re afraid of getting fired, not being liked or fear criticism. I couldn’t live like that and be happy.
I’ve always been good about keeping in touch with friends from my elementary and high school days. I’ve also kept in touch with college friends and many friends I made along the way in my career. And with Facebook, you really don’t have an excuse not to keep in touch.
One of the best things that happened to me was getting fired from my job in Dallas. Ok I didn’t agree with the lame reason, but that’s another blog. But getting fired gives you a big reality check on your life. I didn’t realize until that happened that my life was 24/7 news. Thank God I stopped for a moment to have a kid. That decision is another blog.
I used to work on vacation. I know–crazy! If a source called me with a story, I would immediately call in to the bosses. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a reporter, but when you put your entire heart and soul in one job–well you’re bound to miss other things in life.
Being fired is FREEDOM. Remember that if it happens to you. Today I spend time with my family, friends, and volunteer work. Being a freelance reporter may not help me buy Gucci shoes or a trip around the world, but right now I have no regrets.
I think there is one regret missing from the list. I think people regret not building a spiritual relationship with God. After 14 years working as a reporter, getting fired allowed me to go to church on Sundays.
Spiritual nourishment is important no matter what religion you follow. Sometimes that’s all you need to make you happy.
Now go out and live your life YOUR way and with no regrets.
My inspiration of the week comes from 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai. She has to be one of the bravest girls on the planet.
She’s the Pakistani activist who survived being shot by the Taliban. The Taliban targeted her because Malala has been outspoken about the need for education for girls in her homeland.
This past week she was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Malala was the youngest person nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. She’s also the author of I am Malala.
I saw many interviews with her this week while she visited the U.S., but I thought Jon Stewart did one of the best interviews. Though the topic was serious, every once in a while Stewart got a laugh out of Malala. He told her “Nothing feels better than making you laugh.”
More sources: Malala Fund
I told you in my last blog that I was hoping someone would see Marina Shifrin’s “I Quit” video and see her creativity and courage. Well Queen Latifah noticed this young video producer’s talents and invited her on her talk show.
Marina’s video has surpassed 12 million views on YouTube as of October 3rd. Just in case you’re not one of the millions who has seen it—it’s Marina quitting her job on camera as she dances to a Kanye West song.
Today, Marina told Queen Latifah that she has no regrets about the video “No sometimes I think you need to forcefully close one door, in order for the other to open a little bit easier.”
By the end of the segment, Queen Latifah asked Marina “So are you looking for a job?”
Marina “Yeah, do you, are you hiring?”
Latifah “I like to be surrounded by cool,creative and interesting people.”
Queen Latifah created a position for a producer of digital content, and offered it to Marina. She thought Latifah was joking.
It was no joke.
Marina Shifrin is a video producer. A few days ago she turned the camera on herself and decided to send a message to her boss in a video she posted on YouTube. I QUIT!
As I write this blog she is close to 10 million views on YouTube. And from many of the comments on YouTube and on her blog—she hit a nerve. People don’t feel appreciated or inspired at work.
Marina set out to be a journalist six years ago when she graduated from the University of Missouri which has a great journalism program. But after 6 years–she’s done. She talks about it in her blog.
Marina quit her job at an animation company in Taiwan where she was producing news videos. On her own video she posted “For almost two years I’ve sacrificed my relationships, time and energy for this job.”
What do you think? Would you quit in a video?
Marina pointed out in her video ”And my boss only cares about the quantity and how many views each video gets.”
Well her former boss was not going to let Marina get all the attention. A few days after she posted her “I Quit” video he posted his own video response.
By the looks of likes, dislikes and comments; most people like what Marina has done, but her former boss isn’t getting much love.
I’ve already heard talk show hosts, journalists, and people on Facebook say Marina’s video is going to hurt her. Come on–we’ve all felt like her at least once in our careers.
I’m going to be more positive.
I think a good news boss out there is going to see this woman for her creativity and courage, and hire her. I hope Marina will find a new job where she can write from her heart and stay in the field of journalism.
Marina, journalism is like a marriage. Sometimes you have to get a divorce to find the right soulmate. Good luck!
Before today I had never heard of Dylan Garity or ” The National Poetry Slam.”
But one video now has me wanting to meet him. Garity through is poetry has shined the light on ESL (English as a second language) teachers and students.
Garity’s sister teaches ESL to children in Boston who can’t speak English. By the sounds of his poem she’s frustrated with the rules and regulations that are getting in the way of educating the ESL students. But his poem also points out the weaknesses of ESL. Is it failing our kids?
Here’s Garity’s “Rigged Game” poem—in his words.
When I heard that WXYZ-TV in Detroit recently had a reunion for former and current news employees, I thought what a great idea. I’ve worked at seven television stations. Dozens of my coworkers moved on to other TV stations or got out of the business all together.
I’ve always wondered what happened to many of my old TV friends. Four women planned the WXYZ reunion and 300 former employees showed up. What a great way to reconnect and share memories.
I may have to steal the idea. Check out the event>>reunion covered by WXYZ.
Latinos have made great contributions in music. One of my favorite singers is Ruben Blades.
Blades is a Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, actor, and Latin jazz musician. He attended Harvard Law school and is also an activist.
As songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of Central American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova as well as experimental tempos and politically inspired Nuyorican salsa to his music. (Wikipedia info)
Enjoy his music.
I was 10-year-old when President Lyndon B. Johnson designated September as Hispanic Heritage Month. President Reagan would later expand the honor to four weeks from September 15-October 15.
I appreciate that our country honors what Hispanics/Latinos have contributed to the U.S. in the past and in the present. As a Mexican-American, I celebrate my Hispanic/Latino heritage every day.
You don’t have to be Hispanic to learn more about us.
This month we should all open our hearts and minds as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The more we learn about each other the better foundation we have in our country and the more we chip away at the problem of racism.
When Oprah speaks, people listen, well that is until she was on Chicago’s WGN-TV. I love how this morning anchor team handled an awkward but funny situation.
Check out this promotion I got from Spirit Airlines in my email on Wednesday afternoon. You have to hand it to the marketing department at Spirit, they figured out a way to take advantage of Anthony Weiner’s sexting controversy.
As you may recall, the former U.S. Congressman and current New York City mayoral candidate admits he sent lewd photos and texts to a woman who told her story to TheDirty.com.
We’ll have to see how this “Weiner Rises Again” special works out for Spirit.
KTVU-TV in the Bay Area can’t take all the blame for their terrible mistake of airing fake names of the Asiana Air pilots as “Ho Lee Fuk” and “Sum Ting Wong.” KTVU apparently called to confirm the list of four names with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). An intern at the agency confirmed the fake names.
After that confirmation the anchor read the names on the noon newscast on July 12, and minutes later apologized for the mistake. On Friday night, NTSB confirmed its mistake in a press release.
The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.
The NTSB does not release or confirm the names of crew members or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today’s incident.
Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated. (More)
On Friday (July 12), KTVU apologized on its social media pages for the mistake, and so did the NTSB.
Then on the evening news, KTVU anchor Frank Somerville apologized to the viewers:
Tonight we want to take a moment to say we are sorry. Earlier today during our noon newscast we misidentified the pilots in the Asiana Airline crash. We made several mistakes when we received this information. First of all, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out.
Then during our phone call to the NTSB, where the person confirmed the spellings of the of the names, we never asked that person to give us their position within the agency. We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were, and then we rushed their names on to our noon newscast.
The anchor goes on to read the statement released by the NTSB and then finishes the KTVU apology:
Now even with this serious statement from the NTSB, we want you to know here we accept full responsibility for this mistake. We issued an apology later in the noon newscast. We also apologized on our website, and on our social media sites. That fact is we have a lot of good people here at Channel 2 and on behalf of all of us, I want to tell you that we pride ourselves on getting it right, and having the highest of standards and integrity.
Clearly today that did not happen. We made a mistake. So again from all of us here at KTVU, we can only offer our sincerest apology in this case.
As journalists we can all learn from this horrible and embarrassing situation. For some reason, I don’t think we’ve heard the last about this issue.
Read these names out loud.
Sum Ting Wong. What does that sound like?
Wi Tu Lo. Any ideas?
Ho Lee Fuk. Yep, sounds like what I’m thinking.
Those were the names that a noon anchor reported Friday on KTVU-TV as the names of the pilots involved in the San Francisco plane crash last weekend. Here’s the problem–those are all fake names.
Now check out the video.
My contacts out in the Bay area say that KTVU immediately apologized.
“Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash. These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for the error.”
Gawker reports that NTSB Public Affairs Officer Peter Knudson told them NTSB’s policy is to never give out pilot names in these situations. Meanwhile, KTVU’s VP and GM has issued an apology on the station’s website that partly reads:
“Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again.”
IN MY OPINION
KTVU-TV is a good news station. I have friends who work there now and in the past. Pranks like these are pulled on television and radio stations all the time. Yes, people send in fake information on fake stationary via email and fax, but most of the time it doesn’t make it past the computer or fax machine.
The Fox station has learned an embarrassing lesson. As journalists we have to be on alert all the time and slow down, make those extra phone calls to confirm, confirm, and confirm.
More importantly, read the copy out loud in your head. I’m not sure who did that at KTVU, but something that simple would have helped in this situation.
I’ve been watching hours and hours of the tornado coverage in Moore, Oklahoma. The two-mile wide tornado took out everything in its path. Right now
51 people are said to be dead and 20 of those are children, but those numbers are changing. ( Update 5/21: State officials lowered the number of fatalities after rescue crews recovered the bodies of 24 people.)
Covering this assignment is not easy for reporters. I’ve covered more than a dozen tornado disasters in my career.
I covered the 1999 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. I remember arriving a couple of hours after a huge tornado destroyed parts of the city. It did look like a war zone–everything destroyed.
As a reporter, your job may be one of collecting information, but there is no doubt it hits you emotionally. I’ve been fortunate not to have to cover the recovery of the dead at any disaster area I’ve been sent to. But let me tell you–it hurts seeing people around you in shock, crying, confused or grieving. I try to get through such an assignment by saying to myself “I’m helping people, I helping people.”
KFOR-TV had veteran reporter, Lance West immediately on the scene of the May 20th tornado. For hours he covered the destruction, and rescue efforts. Suddenly when the story shifted from rescue to recovery, you realized everything was taking its toll on Lance.
I appreciate that the news anchors understood that Lance was having a hard time giving his report. I also appreciate that the producer realized it was time to take the camera off Lance.
Shifting gears, please give to the Red Cross. They’re on the ground helping all the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Now is the time to reach out.
KFOR-TV immediately started collecting bottled water, diapers, boots, tools, gloves and non-perishible food and more at their TV station. KOCO-TV has Feed the Children in their parking lot collecting donations.
Good luck to the Oklahoma reporters and news photographers who will continue covering this story long after all the national media is gone.
Kmart is getting a lot of attention for its new ad that has gone viral. The commercial tells shoppers to “ship their pants.” Yes, “ship” not “sh#@.”
And it doesn’t stop there.
Kmart put out this commercial to let customers know it is offering free shipping. Andrew Stein, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Kmart told Good Morning America that the commercial will air on cable television after 10pm ET. He says they are purposely putting the ad on TV during hours when kids won’t see it.
Call it crazy or genius, but the commercial has paid off for the guy who created it . John Flannery has been promoted at his agency.
Fort Worth, Texas is in desperate need of bilingual teachers. The city has a huge Spanish-speaking community . Here’s a note I got from Carmen Orozoco via LinkedIn.com. My hope is that some of you reporters will do a story on this need. It’s a great people story.
For those of you who are not journalists, just spread the word to your friends who are bilingual professionals and may want to become teachers.
The number one factor that determines whether or not a student will succeed is the person standing at the front of the classroom every day. My name is Carmen Orozco and I work with the Fort Worth Teaching Fellows program (FWTF). FWTF is an initiative of the Fort Worth Independent School District to bring in top talent from various professional fields and transform students’ lives through teaching.
There is a shortage of bilingual teachers in FWISD, so we need your help. It appears from your profile that you are bilingual, and I was impressed with your background and record of achievement. As a high-quality professional, you may have contacts in your network that might be interested in having a conversation with us in learning more about becoming a bilingual teacher. Many strong applications come directly from referrals – colleagues, family, and friends spreading the word about Fort Worth Teaching Fellows. Who in your professional network might be interested in becoming an elementary bilingual teacher?
Our next application deadline is April 29, although we’re planning to extend for bilingual candidates. Could you take a few minutes to support Fort Worth Teaching Fellows and help us deliver on the promise of a quality education for all children? Please reply with any names of people we should contact or let me know if you’d rather hop on the phone to chat. Or perhaps, you might be interested….
Let me know at your earliest convenience.
FYI anyone interested can contact Carmen at firstname.lastname@example.org
By now you’ve’ heard about A.J. Clemente or seen the video when he drops the F-bomb and s-bomb at the start of his news show. A.J. was quickly fired by his North Dakota station on his first day as a news anchor.
The first time I saw the video, I felt for sorry for him. But thanks to social media–there is a positive for this rookie in the news business.
His video has gone viral and A.J. is now a web star. He’s living his “15 minutes of fame.”
Tuesday night he was part of Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue. (2:46 into video). David Letterman also mentioned him. He’s the top search name on Google, and A.J. continues to gain more and more followers on Twitter.
Wednesday, A.J. made pit stops at The Today Show, Kelly and Michael Live, and Inside Edition.
THE STORY BEHIND THAT TERRIBLE START
On the Today Show, A.J. was humble, apologetic and explained why those words slipped out of his mouth. He says he had no idea he was on the air. He had no IFB (ear piece), no stage manager giving him time cues, and he was frustrated because he couldn’t pronounce a name right. When the red light on the studio camera lit up, A.J. was still looking down at his script. Here’s more from the Today show:
There is life after a bad experience. Hopefully after all the attention dies down, A.J. will be offered another job. He can report, shoot and edit and of course…anchor.
Anytime I see a camera or a microphone, I assume they are on. I ALWAYS assume they are on.
Even when I was waiting to do a live shot and I knew I was not on the air yet, I never said anything while I had a microphone on. You just never know what can accidentally come out of your mouth.
Today, A.J.Clemente knows what I’m talking about. His first day on the job as an anchor at KFYR-TV in North Dakota was also his last day. Here’s why–his first words on the air were (excuse my language) “fuckin’ shit.” The video has gone viral.
I get the feeling that A.J. was just nervous and it happened. But there’s another lesson here. If you are in the habit of using curse words, it’s time to clean up your language and break yourself of such a habit, especially if you want to be in radio and television news.
A.J. did apologize on Twitter and let everyone know he was let go.
Today A.J. has more Twitter followers, and is fielding interview requests from radio and television programs from around the country. But as I told him on Twitter:
“This is your 15 minutes of fame, use them wisely. We all make mistakes. Be humble, send a strong message and move on.”
My hope is that A.J.’s ego doesn’t get lost in this attention and that in the end someone gives him another chance. He made a mistake, but hopefully he’ll use it to teach other journalists not to make the same one.
Update: (Tuesday afternoon) A.J. has been booked on The Today Show for Wednesday morning. He posted information on his Twitter page.
UPDATE: Boston police captured Tsarnaev about two hours after I posted this blog. He’s now in custody of the feds.
19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a Twitter account. About now the FBI has probably contacted the people the suspect has communicated with since he opened his account. As I write this blog, law enforcement officers are still looking for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and the city is on lockdown.
I was looking over Tsarnaev tweets and put together a collection of some of the more interesting ones he’s posted since January 2013. I don’t like reading anything into them, but you do wonder what he was thinking when he wrote a few of them.
There’s a tweet the day of the bombing and the two following days.
If you want to look at all the suspects tweets. Go to @J_tsar
At this hour (5:51pm, April 19) Boston police have no idea where the suspect could be. Several thousand people are now following Tsarnaev on Twitter.
All wait to see if he will tweet something?
Here are my “live” tweets on the news conference on Tuesday morning that was live on CNN. Federal and local law enforcement gave the latest on the two blasts in Boston.
[View the story "Latest on the Boston Marathon Explosions" on Storify]
Law enforcement officers in Kaufman County say they discovered a threat on Facebook made against a prosecutor as they were investigating the murders of District Attorney, Mike McLelland and his wife.
Robert Allan Miller is behind bars charged with Terroristic Threats. Investigators say there is “nothing” to link Miller to the murders of the McLelland’s or assistant district attorney, Mark Haase.
Here’s the press release issued by the FBI on April 5th.
I’m sad to hear that film critic, Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4th. He is one of those celebrities who I was fortunate to meet in my early years as a journalist.
In 1984-85, I was a news writer at WLS-TV in Chicago. Roger Ebert had a weekly movie segment at the station. I happened to sit next to his WLS producer.
When I met him he was nice, I also thought he was a bit shy. One time we starting talking while he was waiting for his producer to get done editing his video package. Roger was surprised to learn I was Latina. He thought I was Hawaiian, because then I had long hair.
He knew I was a news writer at the station, but eventually I was able to tell him that my goal was to go back on television as a news reporter. Prior to my job at WLS, I was a TV reporter in Toledo.
I told him that my dream job would be to cover the cop beat. He happened to be one of the first who told me that I needed guts and tenacity to do a good job. He told me it was hard work, and commitment. He also told me not to waste time being a news writer if I wanted to be a on-air reporter.
I was at WLS-TV less than a year. I never got to say goodbye to Roger, but when I got a job in Corpus Christi, Texas, I did send him a postcard to let him know I was back on TV. I don’t know if he ever got my postcard. Maybe it ended up on a pile of letters from his fans. All I know is that I never forgot what he told me.
Rest in Peace Roger. Thank you for sharing your passion for films and your words of wisdom with me.
Here’s a nice story produced by WLS-TV on the life of Roger Ebert>>Video