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If you are a fan of one-time NPR journalist Alex Chadwick and you haven’t had a chance to read Mike Janssen’s recent profile (Chadwick: Recharged to cover energetic beat) in Current, please take a few minutes and read this. Thank you, Mike.

Current is available in print and online. It is an editorially independent service from the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C.


Survey: The Crime News Study

Posted: March 7, 2012 in employment


Please take 3 minutes to fill out this simple survey on advertising and local crime news. It’s part of a study we’re conducting for this University of Washington class:

COM 529: Foundations: Research Strategy & Business Practice (Evans)

I’m hoping to use this blog to publish the results.

Thanks, John Yeager


Trying to keep up with the latest developments in campaign financing? Join the Sunlight Foundation in Washington, D.C., for a two-day training session for journalists. The training will take place April 21-22, 2012.


And a new 2012 fellowship was posted today. Looking for purpose?

Journalism / Broadcasting / Communications Students:  Take advantage of this

Penny LeGate’s Tips for becoming a Re-purposed Journalist:

  1. Find something you’re really passionate about.
  2. Be willing to work really hard – for free.
  3. Find a way to insert yourself into a group of like-minded people.

Seattle’s Penny LeGate just had to ask, “Where are you guys from?”‘

The TV journalist had just noticed a group of doctors wearing scrubs in the lobby of an Addis Ababa hotel. LeGate was curious.

She was on a trip to Ethiopia covering polio eradication efforts there.

“Seattle,” was the response. The doctors were traveling in Ethiopia, working at a government-run hospital, serving the poor. Addis Ababa in east Africa and Seattle, Washington are 8,365 miles apart but all of a sudden LeGate had a “local” story.

Small world.

But not so small for a re-purposed journalist like Penny LeGate. “If you know a good story, you stumble upon it. And then you grab it.” The piece about those Seattle doctors will soon air on Seattle Channel’s City Stream program.

LeGate, asked that group of doctors because she’s inquisitive. Her DNA has “news” written all over it. She started in broadcast news as a summer intern at Nebraska TV in 1976 in Kearney, Nebraska. She was born and raised in the Cornhusker state.

LeGate has anchored in Seattle, Pittsburgh, Wichita and Omaha. Many in Seattle still know her as the co-host with Brian Tracey on KING 5’s Evening Magazine from 1986 to 1995.

She anchored at KIRO 7 TV from 1997 til 2010. She remembers the sadness at leaving KIRO. LeGate’s contract wasn’t renewed. She describes KIRO as a collegial environment but she grew tired of the TV news business. And she says, “I got tired of being told I wasn’t good enough.” KIRO 7 TV has declined comment for this post.

What’s her purpose now? “I’m a pipeline from a story to the people who don’t have any awareness of my issue. She speaks all over the world. LeGate says her biggest moment was serving as keynote speaker when Bill Gates addressed a Rotary International convention in New Orleans in May.  20,000 were there.

The Rotary’s main mission is to conquer polio. She says her job is to inspire them. “I tell them their story.” I tell ’em what it’s like to be on the front lines in the war on polio. “It’s a war that thanks to Rotary, is almost over.”  She traveled recently to remote Bihar, India to chronicle the fight against polio.

“The farther out I go, the happier I am.” I love watching these people fighting the disease, the people walking to deliver the vaccine.”

LeGate says there were no cases of polio in India last year. She smiles, “That’s amazing.”

LeGate believes strongly in the issue of social justice when it comes to health. She says it’s different having polio in a nation like India. “Kids in the U.S. have had access to polio vaccine for decades. Kids in India haven’t. Being handicapped in India is a helluva lot different. These people end up as beggars.”

In March, LeGate will be taking her tenth trip to Ethiopia. She’ll be videotaping Dr. Jim Guzek, a Tri-Cities ophthalmologist and other doctors’ efforts to restore sight to the rural poor through cataracts surgery. Ethiopia has the highest rate of blindness per capita of any country in the world.

This re-purposed journalist is finally following her own heart. “Everybody thinks I’m really nice but I’m a feisty bitch.” She just turned 57. “I wouldn’t exchange the gray hair or the lines on my face for a 25-year old brain.” Her work has taken her to Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nepal, India and Nicaragua.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d see this much of the world.”

You can see LeGate’s new documentary called “Timeless Discoveries”, about 150 years of achievement in the College of Arts and Sciences. It airs on UWTV.

Are you in an “information silo”? Do you report that way? Do you know many reporters who do? This doesn’t need to be a rant on the “liberal” media. That’s too easy. Oooops, maybe I just tipped my hand. But here’s an honest question: Where do you get your news? Do you only seek that with which you agree?

Fascinating read in the WaPo, picked up locally by the Seattle Times.

Recent article in the New York Times:

“ABC’s new push to humanize the news and CBS’s heavily promoted emphasis on hard news may make NBC News the Goldilocks news division — not too hot, not too cold, just right”.

But is humanizing the news really a “new push” for any good journalist? Isn’t that an effort any good journalist brings to his/her work every day? It is for the ABC News reporters I know like former KIRO-TV (CBS Seattle) colleague David Kerley.

There’s nothing new about Kerley’s solid and original work. He’s always taking a new perspective on conventional wisdom. Take for instance one of his latest reports comparing Ronald Reagan’s re-election prospects with Barrack Obama’s. A tough stretch? Kerley makes a good case.

Kerley is easily one of the best reporters in the nation today, always seeking to bring a human face to the news, always looking for a new angle. TV network reporters like Kerley bring a level of hard work, tenacity and creativity under pressure that would wither most of us.

How To Make the World a Better Place

See what Re-purposed Journalists John Larson (PBS correspondent, former NBC Dateline reporter) and Lisa Berglund (past NPPA Photographer of the Year) can do when they go to Africa on behalf of VisionFund, a microfinance subsidiary of World Vision.

(note – The voice on the video is of course NOT John Larson’s, though John did the story development)

n 1993, World Vision International (WVI) began to implement microfinance programming to benefit the economically active poor.

 Don’t miss an upcoming Re-purposed Journalist blog post profile on both Larson and Berglund. Lisa talks about the camera with which she shot this breathtaking video.
 Lisa Berglund and D5

Looking to jump-start your career in video? Looking for a little inspiration? Looking for some tips and how to’s?  Some of the best storytellers in the nation will be in Seattle for the Northwest Video Workshop January 27-29, 2012. Scott Rensberger, Boyd Huppert and many, many more.

The Northwest Video Workshop is sponsored by KING-TV, KOMO-TV, KIRO-TV, National Press Photographers Association and NATAS Northwest.

Traveling Fast and Light

“There’s a connection with the truth that journalists have. When people become journalists they have a purpose.” – Lee Schneider

Today Lee Schneider produces documentaries, writes a blog for Huffington Post and does online strategies for businesses with a socially responsible mission. His production company creates “cause-driven” nonfiction films. At 55, Schneider has found his purpose on the digital media frontier.

But it didn’t come without a lot of searching.

“When I worked at NBC I was working for GE. That’s what I stood for. When you work for Nat Geo, (owned by Fox) you stand for Rupert Murdoch.” Schneider, a veteran of NBC Dateline, Fox and ABC’s “Good Morning America” is now directing Shelter, a documentary focusing on architects and how good design helps the homeless and victims of disasters. His documentaries have aired on History Channel, Discovery Health Channel, The Learning Channel, Bravo, Food Network, Court TV, ReelzChannel and A&E

Schneider’s been blogging since 2009. He started by writing a blog called, “500 Words on Thursday”. “I did about one hundred of them. Now I help get clients’ blogs off the ground.” Currently he averages 2-3 blogs a week. He blogs  once a week for the Huffington Post. “The voice you’re putting out there better be good. He reads Maureen Dowd, Kristof and David Carr of the New York Times. He also follows Mark Horvath’s “Hardly Normal”, another repurposed journalist who’s using new media and “tapped into a tribe.”

How does the journalist repurpose himself on the frontier of digital media? “There’s a connection with the truth that journalists have,” says Schneider. When people become journalists they have a purpose. He says he’s grateful for how the newsroom work ethic prepared him to work hard today.

Schneider began to grow weary of network news in the mid-90’s. “Why do I want to keep doing this?” he kept asking himself as he turned out investigative pieces often involving murder, rape and other forms of violence. “I produced stories I couldn’t show my kids.” But it was the reach of network broadcast news that was enticing. “I’d be done after a long day and the phone would ring and they’d ask, Can you do re-cut for Nightly?” Still, he left NBC Dateline in 1996. “It took a while but I’m out of TV. The problem wasn’t me – it was television.” But it took an adjustment.  Something happens when we work for big TV networks. There’s a sense of entitlement. And when that goes away we ask, what happened? “The technology we’re using now – WordPress is not a helicopter. And it’s not Dateline but it’s a good reach.”

Schneider’s tips to journalists searching for new purpose, or bloggers looking for tips to attract more views? “Well, that’s one way to do it, list tips” or top ten lists or “how to’s.” All journalists have skills,” Lee says. “We all know how to interview. We all know how to find people who know how to tell their story, people who can drive the narrative.” But “deciding and curating content is the issue.” Curating should be at the top of the list for any journalist trying to make sense of the digital world.

Nobody else is going to do this for you.”

When Schneider went to Haiti in August of this year to document earthquake devastation, it was just Schneider and a local videographer. Two people, two backpacks.

They arrived at the scene to start unpacking what little gear they had and someone asked Lee, “Where’s the crew?” But that was it – two people. Now with no TV news network to pick up the tab and call the shots, he’s writing up fundraising proposals to go back to Haiti. Unfinished work for the journalist who has found his purpose, travelling light and fast.

Schneider is a New York native, living in Santa Monica, California with his wife, Tabby Biddle who also blogs for Huffington Post