This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Journalism

Lane speaking to a group of high school students at Northwestern State University’s J-Day 2008.

I recently had the opportunity to return to my alma mater to participate in the 41st annual Northwestern State University J-Day. Journalism Day gives discerning high school students the opportunity to attend hands-on workshops and lectures at NSU.

Professionals talk with students about the changing field of journalism and mass communications and give advice on how to get ahead in this competitive industry.

Paired with fellow NSU22 alumna Katie Lopez, who is now a reporter at KADN-TV, we shared our experiences at NSU and talked about the importance of hands-on, practical learning opportunities. Students asked how the internet is affecting broadcast journalism as well as what it’s like being a multi-faceted journalist.

The lecture made me realize how dramatically the field  has changed even in the short time I’ve been a professional.

Today, we work under tighter deadlines and budgets, sometimes wearing more hats than ever before. Not only are we producing stories for daily newscasts, but also writing and editing stories for digital platforms or content sharing.  Continue reading

Caring. Committed. Proud.

Caring. Committed. Proud… not your usual “Action News” or “On Your Side” marketing slogan. I’ve recently made a move to KTRE-TV in Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Texas to be the 6 and 10 p.m. anchor and executive producer.

The slogan, which represents this station’s commitment to meaningful news coverage is known throughout the region. Over the years I’ve had the fortune of spending time in or working at several television stations.  Continue reading

No More Pain at the Pump?

A month ago, I was seriously considering taking out a loan to be able to afford filling up my gas tank. I can remember filling up my car in high school for about $1.19. I know gas prices have been much lower than that in my lifetime, but I never honestly expected to see a gallon of gas below 2 dollars again. The amount of money I spent filling up was simply disgusting. Each week, I kept inching closer to 80 bucks for a full tank.  I’d close my eyes and pray that the machine would malfunction and pump a few more drops in for free. Of course I had better chances of winning the lottery, but a guy can dream, right?

In the near-term, lower gas prices is a welcome relief, right? I wonder if the dramatic dip in prices will actually make things worse down the road. Hopefully drivers don’t return to their gas-guzzling habits of the past and submit themselves to the death grip of big oil and foreign influences. We’ve seen a dramatic decrease in the number of drivers on the road and an equally significant drop in the number of big trucks and SUVs rolling off showroom floors. Continue reading