Posts by Scott Libin

About 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.

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 the latest Project for Excellence in Journalism's weekly News Coverage Index. It's been a year of wild winter weather … Read More

Feedback for Thought: Did We Do the Right Thing?

By Scott LibinPoynter 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 the 1960s. He became editor of the … Read More

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 home in New York.  They are cute, personable kids, and, as the children of a network news reporter, they watch … Read More

Covering Colleagues and Tragedy

The apparent suicide of a local television meteorologist raises questions about how newsrooms can best cover such stories when they hit close to home -- and when they don't. Read More

The last few minutes, but not the last word...

Americans are puzzled over why so many people in the world hate us. We seem so nice to ourselves. They do hate us though. We know that and we're trying to protect ourselves with more weapons. We have to do it I suppose but it might be better if we figured out how to behave … Read More