Monday, June 25, 2012

The View From My Workdesk

Last week I prepared a radio story based on the Atlantic article "Can Google Predict the Impact of Racism on a Presidential Election?" Maybe because my report ran near the end of the 6pm Friday newscast (and maybe just because it aired on a late, late summer Friday afternoon), I didn't get the feedback I would have expected. One of the gentlemen I interviewed is very active on facebook and usually gets good response to items he posts on the social network: no one commented on the article or on what he had to say.

I guess everyone was exhausted after a week of work and commuting and what-have-you. It's an interesting and important story, certainly worthy of 3 minutes of your time!

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Then there was a story I worked on and it turned out to be one of those that just never made it to broadcast: a piece about the dust-up between the Daily Freeman and the Poughkeepsie Journal over the Journal lifting text from the Freeman without attribution. That one played out the weekend of June 9-10... funny how last week plagiarization reared its ugly head once again on a national scale...

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Last but not least there's the Tuesday primary election: thanks to redistricting, Dutchess County Democratic Legislator Joel Tyner is running against fellow dem Julian Schreibman for a district seat that Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) currently represents. The demographic in the new district is slightly more Democratic than the 20th District that Gibson won from Democrat Scott Murphy in the Republican landslide of 2010.

Covering the race has been interesting, to say the least!
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