Guest blogging in Disneydom

I’ll be participating in a group blog at the Newspaper Association of Ameria’s CONNECTIONS confab starting this weekend in Orlando.
See the blog here.
There’s a group of 29 foks that volunteered to blog at the show — heck, that’s a virtual newsroom of writers.
Should keep us out of trouble!

The Cottars

The Cottars, click to see larger image Wow, what an impressive sounding album from a pair of sisters and brothers from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
I got their new album, Forerunner, a few days ago and it’s really nice. And it’s the band’s third. The first came out in 2002 and they seem to have been together since 2000. Forerunner is their U.S. debut album.
The Cottars are four teens: two girls 16 and two guys 18.
Ciar´┐Żn and Fiona MacGillivray are the children of Canadian author/composer, Allister MacGillivray. The other half of the group is Roseanne and Jimmy MacKenzie.

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Getting the story

Two good tales of “getting the story” from over the weekend.
Terry Morrow tells in his blog how he got to talk to local-boy-turned-superstar-country-singer Kenny Chesney — and no other media did — during his low-profile show show at a local nightclub on “the Strip” on Sunday night.

After 20 years as a reporter, my biggest rush is still getting to an elusive celebrity, the person no one else can touch. Ah! I know it makes me a loser to say that’s what gets my juices flowing, but, hey, it’s true.

And Corpus Christ Caller-Times editor tells in a column how the paper broke the VP hunting story on Sunday afternooon.

We broke the national story at 1:48 p.m. Sunday with an e-mail alert and a story on our Web site, 48 minutes before the Associated Press moved anything on the story and a full hour before CNN issued an e-mail alert.

We got the story the way dedicated journalists have tracked down news for years – through strong, consistent building of sources and good, old-fashioned reporting.

Both are pretty good reads.