Can I take photos of public records?

Even Tennessee lawmakers sometimes tire of government open records silliness.

During a meeting of the Tennessee Legislature’s Joint Government Operations Committee earlier this week, Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, asked representatives of the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, the Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to ensure their open records policies allow residents to take photographs of public.

The music business is back; are there clues for news?

The music business has been growing for the last few years after going into a decline in 1999. And it doesn’t have to do with buying MP3s .

The news and music industries have long been compared; they were disrupted by the Internet at about the same time and forever changed.

Are there still lessons to be learned between the two industries. Would a “Spotify model” work for news? Some efforts have been tried and failed from traditional media companies, the tech powers that control the platforms and entrepreneurial startups.

Music Sales by format

No one does it alone

From StoryCorps and NPR:

“As soon as we got into the school, the principal was calling the roll. He said, ‘Bill Weaver,’ and I said, ‘My name is William.’ And he said, ‘Oh, you’re a smart N-word.’ I’d been in school maybe 30 minutes and he suspended me,” Weaver, 67, says, while recounting his first day at school during a recent visit to StoryCorps.

Weaver, who is now the chief of surgery at Fayetteville VA Medical Center in North Carolina, says he doesn’t remember a day that a teacher didn’t tell him that he “didn’t belong.”

Journalism training opportunity in Knoxville in October

From the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters president Whit Adamson:

The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins will be conducting an Electronic Journalism Seminar for radio and television on Saturday, October 7 in Knoxville. Time and location TBA.

The program will include sessions on “Telling the Story”, “Cool Tools of the Trade”, and “Critical Thinking in Today’s World”. King & Ballow’s Doug Pierce will be on the program to discuss today’s social media liability and the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government’s (TCOG) Deborah Fisher will tell us the latest changes in government transparencies.

 

Rich Boehne takes a look at back at E.W. Scripps

Rich Boehne has stepped down as CEO of the E.W. Scripps company. Here’s a look back in an article on the Scripps-owned WCPO website.

Ken Lowe, CEO of Knoxville-based Scripps Networks Interactive said:

“I don’t think his goal was to ever exit the newspaper business. His idea was to figure out a way to get through the transition so the Scripps name would still be recognized as a force in journalism … so, I don’t say this lightly. I’m not sure there would be an E.W. Scripps if Rich had not stepped in after we split. When you look at the cards Rich was dealt back in 2008 and the way he’s played them, I just don’t think anybody could have done a better job.”

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