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Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 6 October 2010 1:30pm
 
I was just watching NBC's 'Today' show and, because of the Journalism course and Media Writing Course I am doing, I am listening to how journalists report the news in a whole different way.

The Today show on NBC just did a segment on overweight children and how their own parents overreact to them. Matt Lauer, the show's host said,

"I have a problem with this report, but let's forget my opinion."

Now my issue with that is, he has already put his opinion out there...so the last part of his statement is redundant. He should never have commented on the segment. It is not the first time he has done it.

I'd love to know what journalists you all like, either print or broadcast, and why you like them.

Looking forward to reading your responses guys and learning a bit more about the world too! Thanks L
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by johnnythemonkey on 6 October 2010 5:14pm
 
My youngest daughter is studying journalism atm, so she has to be my favourite. :)

I admire the BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen.
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 6 October 2010 6:07pm
 
OK John, I have read a little bit about Bowen on Wiki. The BBC's Middle East Editor as of June 2005. He has come under fire quite a few times and there is controversy surrounding his reporting too.

"In April 2009, the Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC Trust published a report into three complaints, including one by CAMERA, brought against two news items involving Bowen. The complaints included 24 allegations of breaching BBC guidelines on accuracy and impartiality of which three were fully or partially upheld. The BBC Trust's censure was based on articles about Har Homa in the 1960s, how the Six-Day War affected the Middle East, and an article on the aftermath of the aforementioned war. Jeremy Bowen has voiced opposition to the censure, calling it a result of a "campaign group in the USA", most likely referring to the organization Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and calling said organization "the enemies of impartiality". Although there was no finding of anti-Israel bias against Bowen, Antony Lerman writing in The Guardian said that he should have used clearer language and been more precise in some aspects of the piece. Also, on a claim that was found to be lacking in accuracy because it was not properly sourced, the committee accepted that Bowen had been provided with the information by an authoritative source. A website article was amended and Bowen did not face any disciplinary measures."

BTW Goodluck to your youngest in her career!!
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 6 October 2010 6:13pm
 
Does anyone know more information about this "Balen Report" mentioned in the wiki article I just read about Bowen? Why did the solicitor, Steven Sugar, working for Forsters want to get a copy of it anyway?
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 6 October 2010 6:19pm
 
Cool I've answered my own question and John's favorite Journalist is actually mentioned in it too!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/feb/11/bbc-middle-east-report-balen
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by TERRY S on 6 October 2010 6:49pm
 
When i lived at home, we always used to watch News at Ten on ITV. My favourire reporter was an Irish man called Bill Neely. He was gorgeous and had a beautiful accent. I could have listened to him all day. I haven't watched ITV since moving to Leeds, as I use the net, so can't tell you if he is still there. For those who have no idea who I am talking about, watch this (he's the guy in the helicopter):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcoHJHo8d6k
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 6 October 2010 9:23pm
 
He's either from Donegal or somewhere in Northern Ireland. He's not listed in the current ITV website for "Meet the team."

You are right Terry, he's not too hard on the eyes.

So far we have John likes Jeremy Bowen, I don't know the reason why, hopefully because he's a decent reporter.
Terry likes Peter Neely because he is gorgeous.

Right! Anyone else? :-)
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by sighthound on 7 October 2010 11:27am
 
Loretto, You are absolutely right about your opinion about Matt Lauer. There is NO WAY that he is a "journalist" in any respected meaning of that term. He replaced Bryant Gumbal who IS an intelligent journalist. Gumbal was always smart enough to pick up on interviewees's dissimulations but Lauer lets all kinds of obvious lies by the people he is interviewing get past him if those lies agree with his preconceptions.

If you want to study a master of interviewing, look to Scott Simon on NPR on Saturday mornings. I've never seen any better interviewer ANYWHERE!
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 7 October 2010 12:19pm
 
Great journalist Geraldine, I've discovered a youtube channel that will be helpful also. Here is Scott Simon on How to Tell a Story,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiX_WNdJu6w
 
Re: Who is your favorite journalist and why do you like her/him? by Loretto on 7 October 2010 2:56pm
 
Geraldine do you remember this one?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a0x5VVBO68
 
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