Kristen Hare

Lou Grant, Murphy Brown and Perd Hapley: Readers share their favorite TV show journalists

Earlier on Friday I asked about favorite journalists from TV sitcoms and dramas. Here’s collection of some of the characters people suggested on Twitter and Facebook:… Read more

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 11.56.26 AM

Al Jazeera America journalist: Being in the military and being a journalist aren’t that different

The life of a journalist covering conflict and that of someone in the military aren’t that different, said Al Jazeera America’s Josh Rushing in a phone interview.

“My family knows that I have a backpack ready to go,” he said. “I’m gone all the time. Where am I going? Really dangerous places, so there’s that same fear.”

Journalists and people in the military even have similar motivations, he said.

“I served in the Marines because I believed I was serving a greater cause. I’m a journalist because I believe it’s serving a greater cause.”

Part of that greater cause for him is helping people understand what’s happening in a place he knows well. On Friday night, Al Jazeera America will run “Flashpoint: Fighting ISIL,” at 8 p.m.… Read more

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 10.23.32 AM

Who are your favorite TV show journalists?

Today is the anniversary of the first episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, which debuted in 1970. Poynter’s David Shedden wrote about the show and the recognition it received for today’s media history post. In February, Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark wrote about how journalists are shown in House of Cards. And on Wednesday, Lloyd Grove wrote about a new pack of TV and movie journalists for The Daily Beast.

There’s a lot to choose from, so who are your favorite journalists from sitcoms or dramas?

I have three.

Paris Geller (from The Gilmore Girls. Rory Gilmore is also a favorite, but Paris was a super-journo.) There are a lot of great moments from Paris and Rory’s time at The Yale Daily News, but they started in high school:

Betty Suarez (from Ugly Betty.) Betty starts as a secretary at a New York fashion mag, but works her way up and into the magazine’s masthead:

And Les Nessman (from WKRP in Cincinnati.… Read more

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 10.25.58 AM

‘Keep calm and carry on’: Newspapers on the no vote in Scotland


On Thursday, newspapers around the world led with a question. On Friday, they led with the answer. Voters in Scotland turned out in record numbers and voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. Here’s a collection of front pages, from Kiosko, with the results of Scotland’s no vote. (Dave Johnson of The Guardian also has a good collection of front pages here.)… Read more


Is there a market for good news? The Washington Post wants to find out


The Washington Post has good news.

The Optimist, a new newsletter, is “a collection of stories that’s part feel-good, part success-against-all-odds,” Mike Wallberg reported for Images & Voices of Hope.

“It’s an artisanal, made-with-love weekly mix that might bear some similarities to that of a show such as ‘CBS Sunday Morning,’” said David Beard, Optimist editor and Post director of digital content. “Our hope is that it offers a reflective, inspiring experience that will help readers consider new things and gear up for the week ahead.”

Here are some other sites to go to when you need a little good news:

Huffpost Good News

Today Good News!:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

GoodNewsNetwork: A sampling of curated headlines from Thursday includes “Wedding Photo From 9/11 Rubble Now in Owner’s Hand 13 Years Later,” and “Man Pays $1,000 to Feed Drive-thru Customers at Texas Chick-Fil-A.”

And since we’re talking about things that make good news, this newsroom take on “Happy” should be included.… Read more

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 8.54.54 AM

Aye or naw? Newspaper fronts focus on Scotland | Newseum

Newspapers in the U.K. and around the world focused on Scotland on Thursday and the referendum on independence. You can follow journalists reporting on the vote with my colleague Andrew Beaujon’s Twitter list. Here’s a collection of newspaper fronts from Newseum and Kisoko.

From the U.K.

From Argentina:

From Austria:

From France:

From Germany:

From Portugal:

From Spain:

From the U.S.:

Read more

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.24.00 AM

While reporting on Ebola, the smell of chlorine ‘is one of the most comforting smells in the world’

It’s like being immersed in a swimming pool. Constantly. But the smell of chlorine and bleach don’t bother Ben Solomon.

“The smell is one of the most comforting smells in the world for me,” he said in a Skype interview. “All my clothes are ruined, and I’m totally OK with it.”

Solomon, a foreign video journalist with The New York Times, is currently in Liberia. Before that, he spent three weeks in Sierra Leone, documenting the devastation of Ebola.

“It’s the most challenging story I think I’ve ever covered,” Solomon said. It’s depressing, frustrating, infuriating, but it’s also an honor, he said, “and a privilege to be able to tell these people’s stories.”

Reporting on Ebola from West Africa is hard.… Read more


People surveyed about Ferguson don’t agree about much, except that the media made things worse

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | KMOX

On Monday, Steve Giegerich with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about a survey of St. Louis County residents about events in Ferguson.

KMOX also published a story about the survey. KMOX posted the survey results, which report it was conducted “September 13th through September 14th, 2014. 604 St. Louis County residents participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match demographics of U.S.”

From Giegerich:

The survey, released Monday morning by the Kansas City-based Remington Research Group, found that 65 percent of African-American county residents believe that Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson acted unjustly when he ended Brown’s life Aug. 9 on a Ferguson street.

Conversely, 62 percent of the white residents surveyed by Remington believe the shooting death of Brown was justified.

Read more
Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 11.01.10 AM

How small newsrooms can go big when news comes to town

The final group on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In June, the community of Pinehurst hosted its third U.S. Open and fourth U.S. Women’s Open Championships. The community newspaper there knew that 400,000 spectators would come through Pinehurst, North Carolina. And with all those spectators, there would be a lot of journalists.

They also knew that, with a twice-weekly publication schedule, they’d miss a lot of news during the two weeks when golf would be dominating local life. But they already had a model in place to fix that.

In 1999, the twice-weekly paper set out to create something additional — the Open Daily. This year, with both the men and women on the same course, they created a 56- to 64-page magazine tab that ran for 18 days.… Read more

1 Comment

3 great moments from the Rob Ford story

Canadian journalists reported that Rob Ford isn’t running for mayor again. There are a lot of moments we could focus on here, from Ford calling Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale a pedophile to how Ford always manages to appear comical in photos to seeing him get autotuned along with reporter Robyn Doolittle, who wrote the book on the whole thing. But, for now, here are three that are worth remembering.

1. Journalists learned the difference between asking the right question and asking the right question. Or not.

Read more