I’m on the move…

I have accepted a job as a general assignments reporter at KTAL-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana. I’ve lived in the viewing area for the last four years, so it will be an excellent opportunity to cover stories affecting my friends and neighbors.

I hope to continue my government reporting at KTAL, as the focus turns to the upcoming 4th District Congressional race and the presidential election.

I’m planning to update you with stories of my first few days of work, then continue with my regular features and opinions posts.

Video series focuses on preserving our past, protecting our future

Living in Natchitoches, reminders of the city’s rich history are everywhere you go.  From antebellum homes, colonial fort sites, and historical markers, preserving our history is imperative.  Fortunately for Natchitoches, there isn’t a shortage of those with an interest in preserving the past for future generations.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, headquartered on NSU’s campus, provides the country with education, research, and preservation training for historical structures and objects.

The Center is making great strides in the field and are disseminating their research to the general public through new media.  The NCPTT utilizes a slew of new media to reach people of all ages. Social networking and other new media are having some very significant implications in modern journalism, so it’s refreshing to see this group pioneer this medium.

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Getting a balanced diet of news coverage

Professionals and their audiences alike can agree that the state of journalism isn’t at its peak. Tired of your time being wasted with stories of Paris and Britney? Who is to blame? Unfortunately, finger pointing isn’t going to solve the problem, because we’re all guilty of accepting second-rate news coverage.

As a journalist, it’s frustrating to see sloppy reporting. Facts left unchecked lead to false attributions, which damages credibility. Building a relationship of trust between the viewer and the reporter is how journalism operates.

It’s also frustrating to see my friends and family getting their news from only one source.  They end up receiving all the day’s most important news from one outlet in a watered-down form. Continue reading