January 31st, 2006 • Quill Archives
Network executives say evening news shows remain viable
Two of the three honorees wore tuxedos and stood on stage as an audience of bejeweled Hollywood television celebrities stood and applauded emphatically. The third member of the trio loomed behind them: a silent image on a screen. As footage of decades’ worth of the trio’s work was played, words that had been used to describe them lingered in the air: Anchors in times of trouble.
The way Brooke Hodges sees it, it’s not an either-or proposition. In order to be a reporter, you don’t have to make a choice between practicing journalism and being an active member of your community. When it comes to ethics in small newsrooms like hers – she’s a one-woman editorial staff with the help of a few stringers – you don’t need extensive, 53-page ethics codes like you do at The New York Times.
The headlines on the Web site highlighted the news on Feb. 20. Daimler-Chrysler was expecting its American division to break even. Consumer prices had risen. President Bush “continued his war of words with North Korea.” Just off to the right-hand side of the screen, beneath the offer for a free trial subscription to The Wall Street Journal’s online service, was a poignant blurb asking anyone with information about Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who had been abducted in Pakistan, to e-mail the paper’s managing editor, Paul Steiger.
Like many Americans, he wept. Openly. The events of Sept. 11 had moved him to tears. Most citizens wouldn’t think twice about displaying emotion about one of the most devastating events in U.S. history. What made this guy different is that he’s a newsman.