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  •  Don't forget dead-tree news. (4+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Mogolori, Ice Blue, skohayes

    There are actual places i the USA without "local TV."

    (d) Many of the reporters are twittering nowadays, and servicing other social media as well.  They really do not have the time for it, but the stations are being told by consultants that their reporters have to appear contemporary.  Follow their sites and join in, gently pointing to information sources that the reporters & followers might not be aware of.  Remember that the local tv stations are closely monitoring each other's tweets so that they will be alerted to any good news stories.  So, if you are gifting a specific reporter with a story idea, keep it in email so as to keep it away from the reporter's competition.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 07:24:22 PM PST

    •  These are very constructive suggestions (4+ / 0-)
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      elwior, drewfromct, skohayes, dadadata

      As a former reporter myself (dead-tree variety -- local weekly) I state from my experience on the other end of the proverbial notebook that all these ideas are good ones.  I like how the emphasis is on constructive relationships with reporters -- pointing out criticisms, but tempering it with useful story tips and information.  Reporters are human beings too and will go down a path of lesser resistance, especially if A.) they are pressed for time and B.) the source has proven itself in the past.  They also appreciate polite people. Excellent post!

      •  Except for the biggies like the NYT (0+ / 0-)

        -- which have a franchise -- most if not all local papers are struggling because the management doesn't know which way to turn. They would have had a tough time without being mashed by a recession.

        Nevertheless the writers want to do a good job and provide a different slant than the TV soundbite news.

        Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

        by dadadata on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 04:19:26 AM PST

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