Scott Libin

Scott Libin is news director at WCCO-TV, the CBS-owned-and-operated station in Minneapolis. He joined the station in the fall of 2007 from The Poynter Institute, where he was managing editor of Poynter Online and a faculty member specializing in the areas of leadership and ethical decision-making. A broadcast journalist for many years, he also teaches newsgathering, writing and producing.


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Collector pays newspapers millions to digitize vintage photos

For many newspapers, digitizing decades of photo archives is important, but not urgent; always a goal, but never a priority; a great idea, but a huge expense. That’s why so many editors over the last few years have been so … Read more

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WJLA General Manager Bill Lord on future of TBD.com: ‘We need to be more cost conscious, and we need more page views’

In retrospect, maybe choosing the name TBD was prophetic.

Six months after its birth, the fate of the Washington, D.C., metro news site now appears to be determined — and it isn’t at all what the founding force behind the … Read more

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Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters march in Alexandria, Egypt with an Arabic sign that reads "Egypt, one nation, one blood."  (Tarek Fawzy/AP)

Egypt coverage breaks records for international news, while snow comes in a distant second nationally

Turns out a guy on a camel charging through Cairo’s crowded Tahrir Square is a more compelling story to mainstream American news media than hundreds of snow-swamped cars stalled on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive. At least that’s one implication of … Read more

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Digitizing Dad: Voices from the Analog Age

A week and a half ago, I heard my father’s voice for the first time in more than 20 years.  That would have been extraordinary enough if only because my dad died in 1983, but the words I heard so … Read more

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Minn. Bridge Collapse: Tracking Local Coverage from Afar

My mother-in-law called from Minneapolis just minutes after live coverage on local television there began. Here in Florida, my wife and I went online even before we turned on the TV — a first for me, as a longtime TV … Read more
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Update: TV News Helicopter Coverage Examined

Update:  Al Tompkins reports on developments in the aftermath of Friday’s Phoenix crash.  See Tuesday’s Morning Meeting

Also, Jill Geisler proposes an unorthodox approach to minimizing risks and maximizing resources.  See this week’s Leading Lines.




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Feedback for Thought: Did We Do the Right Thing?

By Scott Libin
Poynter Online Managing Editor

Where I work, the legendary status
of Eugene Patterson is perhaps second only to that of Nelson Poynter
himself. Patterson won a Pulitzer Prize
for his Atlanta Constitution columns
on civil rights during … Read more

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When Big News Breaks and the Boss is Gone

By Scott Libin

When an event like Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech occurs close to home, journalists and newsroom leaders confront extraordinary challenges. When it happens across the country, the decisions to be made are somewhat different. And when the … Read more
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News: The Source That Blogs Are Made Of

During the first hour of the RTNDA convention’s opening panel discussion Sunday night, the only mention of news came during an online video chat moderator Miles O’Brien had with his 14-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter back in their rooms at … Read more

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Covering Colleagues and Tragedy

When journalists report on the death of a colleague or a competitor, it’s fair to compare their work with the way they’d handle such a story involving someone with whom they had no such close connection. Do they seem more sensitive … Read more

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