Added to “Smart Phones for Smart Journalists” lineup

Tom ClydeWe have a speaker switch on our “Smart Phones for Smart Journalists” workshop on April 9 in Nashville at the Freedom Forum’s John Seigenthaler Center.

Coming up from Atlanta to hold the legal issues session is attorney and press law expert Tom Clyde. The bio:

Tom Clyde is a partner in the Atlanta office of Dow Lohnes PLLC where he has practiced since 1992 in litigation, specializing in media law.  Among other clients, he represents The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, and WSB Radio.

Tom’s practice primarily involves the defense of publishers and broadcasters accused of defamation, invasion of privacy and related claims.  In addition to media litigation, Tom regularly counsels and represents the media in connection with newsgathering matters, including hidden cameras, surreptitious recording, protecting the identity of sources and application of state and federal freedom of information laws.
Since 1996, Tom has served as co-author of the Georgia chapter of “The Open Government Guide” published by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Georgia chapter of the “Survey Libel Law,” published by the Media Law Resource Center.” 

Tom is a board member of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and currently serves as its legal committee chair.  Tom received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1988 and his J.D., with honors, from Duke University in 1992.   

He joins Rob King, vice president and editor-in-chief of ESPN Digital; Bill Tallent, CEO of iPhone app developer Mercury Intermedia and a Lenoir City native; Jeff Herr, director of Interactive Media for Lee Enterprises; and Ray Meese, Director of Photography, Ventura County Star. Here are their bios.

The workshop, which explores both mobile as a reporting tool and as a news delivery platform, is just $35 ($25 for ONA members or alumni of the Freedom Forum’s Diversity Institute). If you haven’t signed up, do it today!

The low-cost of this workshop, sponsored by ONA and the Freedom Forum, is being made possible in part through funding from Nashville-based Cell Journalist and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

HOTEL: A special room rate has been arranged at Embassy Suites, 1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN, 37203, but hurry. Call the hotel at (615) 320-8899, and ask for the Freedom Forum rate of $119. Reservations must be made before April 1. After that time, call Cara Beasley at 615-277-4963 to check the availability of rooms.

Cell Journalist Inc.    Scripps Howard Foundation

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Journalism educators can get a break on training

From Val Hoeppner at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute:

Associated Press Managing Editors’ NewsTrain program will hold a two-day workshop for newsroom editors and college educators/media advisers Sept. 23-24 at the Freedom Forum in Nashville.

Through a grant from the McCormick Foundation, 20 educators will win awards valued at up to $400 to help them attend. Applications are being accepted now through June 15.

Apply today at:

For information about the workshop:

For help or more information, contact Elaine Kramer, NewsTrain project manager at:

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Newspaper paywalls would be a ratings hit for local TV stations

richardboehne.jpgNice interview with E.W. Scripps CEO Richard Boehne over at TVNewsCheck, but I hate it when they call the company I work for “venerable.” Sounds so very musty.

Some selected quotes, but read the whole thing:

On online as a business:

There’s a reasonable amount of potential and it’s the same for the TV stations. TV stations have every bit the opportunity that the newspapers have and some would argue they have a better opportunity. Thus far, they have not taken advantage of that and in many markets they’re well behind the newspapers. But they’re catching up.

As strange as it sounds, we are focusing more and more on print and online as separate businesses and not the same.

On paywalls:

Newspapers terribly underestimate the ability of TV stations to produce content outside of their core audience. If newspapers attempt to take a lot of their local content and put it behind pay walls, I have no doubt that TV stations will rush in and fill the void. Now, I know we would certainly do that in all of our TV markets. So that just changed the equation a lot and the newspaper industry just for some reason overlooks the ability and determination that a lot of TV stations have.

On TV news:

We’re also just spending a lot of time looking at local TV news and just saying that right now it suffers from a plague of sameness. How do you break from that pack? How do you broaden the audience? How do you sort of reimagine and reinvent and think again about what local news should look like?

(Photo above by J. Knight in Westword.)

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