Thursday, September 27, 2007
A cute, young cop stopped some of us in the parking lot, and one of my friends started saying stuff like, "I'm sorry we've been so bad officer!"...things like that...problem was that it ended up being a real cop who wanted someone to move their car. Embarassing...
But then, a fireman showed up at our door...and yes, his hose was out of control. Gross.
First of all, he only had one move. Secondly, he didn't wear any padding in the cre-otch, so everything was visible. Thirdly, he told us (while dancing) that he was a used sales car salesman during the day and stripping was his side job because it was SO fun.
It was horrible. I wish I could tell you more, but for the sake of decency, I won't. All I can say is the girls were running away from him and covering their faces. It was traumatic, and by the end of the hour, I wanted my money back.
Funny thing is, I'd do just about anything to have all my girlfriends together again, even though that was pretty tragic! This brings back memories!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
But I've been reading a lot of what people are writing in the local blogosphere about news, and I'm here to write something that's been weighing heavily on my mind.
We've all been subjected to some pretty bad news during our lifetime, but it doesn't have to always be that way.
One blogger questioned why my station did a story on speeding in neighborhoods when there were "fires/murders/suicides" going on. Huh?
First of all, in most cases fires/murders/suicides have little to do with the masses. That being said, there are always exceptions. But, for the most part, they have little to do with a wide audience. A jealous husband who murders his wife in Polk County has little to do with how you're going to live your life on the south side of Springfield. An abandoned warehouse fire in downtown Springfield has little to do with you if you live in Dallas County...and a suicide has little to do with you unless you know the person who died.
Again, all of these cases can be argued. And I promise you, no matter what, they will be covered by news organizations...STILL, is it really NEWS?
Let me tell you how most academics and journalists define news.
News can be summarized in 3 words: relevance, usefulness, and interest. The role of journalism is supposed to maintain civilization and democracy.
Within the broad standards of relevance, usefulness, and interest are more specific elements to determining what makes news. Most journalists will agree, they are as follows:
1. impact (how many people are affected)
2. conflict (recurring theme of storytelling, struggles between people, nations, or natural forces)
3. novelty (newsworthy just because it's bizarre--Springfield house sells on ebay for $1025)
4. prominence (names make news, period)
5. proximity (people concerned with what happens where they live)
6. timeliness (news is supposed to be new)
So, long story short: speeding in neighborhoods is more newsworthy than most fires/murders/suicides. Think about all the kids you've seen in the news who were hit and killed by speeding cars. Shouldn't someone try to protect our children?
And as far as the eBay story (that's the story of a Springfield house selling on eBay for $1025)...it's a novelty story. And, in the follow up, we did a story on the legalities of eBay--which also has a lot of impact with people in the Ozarks...more so than most fires/murders/suicides.
That being said, I'll have to cover a fire/murder/suicide in the future...and sooner than later.
By the way, if anyone has any suggestions on how to cure insomnia, that would be great.
Friday, September 21, 2007
The Prevo Family has announced some exciting news!
They just got their referral for Claire Addison My Prevo.
She was born July 13th in Vietnam.
The Prevo's have officially accepted her referral today,
I'll try to have a picture on here soon...
Newscast evenings, Markets 50+
Cara Connelly, Michelle Sherwood, Jeff Benscoter, Brian Vandenberg, KY3
General Assignment Within a 24-Hour Period
Dave Catanese, KY3
Angie Weidinger, KOLR
Congratulations and Good Luck!
Monday, September 17, 2007
For the first time in Korean history, domestic adoptions have surpassed international adoptions.
Nearly 60 percent of all adoptions during the first half of this year were domestic, meaning that the children were placed in homes within Korea. The breakdown is 729 out of 1,223 Korean babies, to be exact. (That's far higher than the average 41 to 42 percent the country's seen in the last five years.)
Experts say the increase is largely attributed to a new law that encourages domestic adoptions over international. Korean society has been exposed to more adoption campaigns (the government has been making efforts to shake off the country's reputation as a "baby exporting' nation.) Korean couples living there are also getting tax incentives to adopt.
Overall, the Overseas Korean Foundation estimates nearly 157,145 children have been placed internationally during the last 50 years. Citizens of the U.S., France, Sweden, and Denmark have adopted the most Korean children.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
It's about fact checkers who take their job way too seriously. Sort of reminded me of news for a brief second...
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
For example, when you buy something at a business, you pay sales tax. The business collects that money. Some businesses don't pay the state.
Another example. You work for Company A. The Company withholds a certain amount of taxes that are supposed to go the state. Company A fails to pay the state.
The Department of Revenue says there are more than a thousand businesses doing this--I found more than 450 in Southwest Missouri who are delinquent...and we're not talking chump change. The DoR says these businesses don't just owe a buck here or there...the spokesperson says it's typically a lot of dough.
One restaurant in Springfield owner told me he owed the state $20,000 in taxes...he just got behind with the ice storm. He says that he'll be paid up by the end of the week.
Still, here's a basic breakdown of our sales tax: 3% goes to the general fund. 1% goes to education, the rest goes to things like conservation and highways.
How much has the state failed to collect from businesses, you ask? The DoR says $30 TO $50 million dollars!!
Anyway, I did the story last night on KSPR, but you can see who's not squared up with the state by clicking on the DoR's website youself. Kind of interesting stuff. I popped in one a business owner to ask him why he's on the list. He was a good sport, I'm surprised he didn't kick me out of his shop.
So, next time I go to a business, do I have to pay sales tax? I don't want them to pocket my money!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Anyway, the launch date is 9-9-07.
The station's got a lot of young, agressive reporters.
Anyway, aside from everything being new in my life, I went to the park during Labor Day.
One tried to chase me, and it was scary.Then, I almost killed Jim on the way back home because the bike ride no longer seemed like a good idea.
It was hot.
I had a headache.
It felt like we were 20 miles from home...and it was all uphill.
My head and my butt were really sore by the time we made it back to the Phelps Grove Park area, where we live...
and it wasn't pretty.