Archive for September, 2011



Over the three and a half decades since “Lou Grant” first aired, the journalism scene has changed so immensely.  The work that journalists had to go through back in the 70s was so much more grueling than it is now; without computers, journalists really needed to put their head into it and do some real solid research and work outside of the office.

“Lou Grant” really was a solid sitcom for it’s time period, and certainly is better than most of today’s crap on television.  It was a good drama that got across what the life of a journalist was like in the 1970s, plus, actor Ed Asner was able to throw in a decent amount of comedic lines to spice up the show.

After indulging into a few episodes, I realized that the show brought about several good points that all journalists should understand and incorporate into their work.  There was one moment when Grant had one of his writers edit a story that had too much of the writer’s own input.  Articles are supposed to be factual reports of an event including only the perspectives of others. Therefore, there is no need for a writer to slip his/her opinion into the story.

In the episode titled “Judge”, from season one, it is portrayed how a journalist should go about producing a story without going to far into an interviewee’s space.  If a journalist wants to be successful, he/she must know how to be able to get a story out of a subject without getting too personal.  Often times, people have breaking points as to how much information they will give out to a journalist.  If one can just be friendly and push to accommodate with the personality of the interviewee, then he/she will be able to produce a meaningful and detailed story, without getting too involved with the personal lives of the subjects.

From watching only two episodes of “Lou Grant” out of the 114 that aired, I can already tell that it is a sitcom that is not only entertaining, but also has great insight into how to live a successful life as a journalist.

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The day the towers fell was undoubtedly the turning point of the past generation.  Everyone that was old enough to comprehend the disaster will remember that dreadful day for the rest of their lives.  Over the weekend, the country came together once again, to remember those that fell on September 11, 2001, as we marked the milestone of the tenth anniversary.

After scanning through various newspapers over the weekend, it made me ponder about how I would go about editing a paper that marked the anniversary of such an important date in history.  Certainly I would want to catch the reader’s eye by creating an original and thoughtful cover page, which would differ from the generic cover of a newspaper.  There would be a collage covering the entire page, marking a timeline from the actual date of the attack, to the progression that the United States, up until present day.  I would be sure to include the usual photos of the towers being hit, and the hoisting of the flag on ground zero; but I would also have several new pictures marking the different tributes and progression of the new Freedom Tower being built at this moment.

As for the articles, I would have my journalists catch up with firefighters, police officers, and other heros that were on scene, who survived the chaotic collapse, and look into how the attack still impacts their daily lives.  What is not always understood, is that many of those that survived the wreckage, still face grueling health battles as a result of the inhalation of debris and/or various injuries that have been a plaguing force in their lives.  Family members are often interviewed each year, but I feel as though their stories and their struggles to cope, do not change much over the years.  Do not get me wrong, I thoroughly appreciate hearing those haunting stories, but I would want to focus more on the bright side of the future as a result of the attack.  With that being said, I would still include a few family stories to add a somber feel for the paper.  However, after the sorrowful, there would be articles focusing on the progression of the country as a whole over the last decade, as a result of the attack.  Sure this country has had a lot of recent downfalls with the economy as a result of the war that was sparked by September 11th, but there is still, and always will be hope.  I would emphasize on the building of the new Freedom Tower, which is taking the place of the fallen World Trade Center.  That tower is the perfect metaphor for this country at a time like this:  A building can fall, but with a little bit of group effort, it can be rebuilt to tip-top shape.  This country is in horrible economic shape right now, but with determination, it can eventually be back to where it once was.

On the anniversary of a tragedy, it is always vital for a newspaper to represent that day with solemn articles, but seeing as we are now at the tenth anniversary of 9/11, it is even more important that a paper marks the progression that the United States has made as a result, as well as what is in store for the future.

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Expected product of Freedom Tower in 2013