SPJ Awards


The annual SPJ awards have been announced by the Connecticut chapter.

A number of Connecticut reporters and writers were honored this year.

Here’s a link to the full list: 2014 Excellence in Journalism Contest.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House


The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am






Host: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi


The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30am, online at










Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Reporter Round up:

Ken Dixon and Neil Vigdor – Hearst Connecticut Media

CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

Ouch…the Stephanopoulos Edition

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As ABC’s George Stephanopoulos tries to weather the controversy brought about by his undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation, someone is having fun at his expense on the streets near ABC News in New York.

Posters have gone up depicting Stephanopoulos and Hillary Clinton together – along with the caption “PayPal.”

There seems to be a trend in society in general, and in the media specifically, to permanently and completely end the career – and banish forever – anyone who is perceived to have crossed a line. When you are being tried in the media there are only two outcomes: Forgiveness or the ultimate punishment.

In her column this week Peggy Noonan remarked on a related trend.

Gerry’s 5, 10, 15…With Dave


ICYMI – Gerry Brooks had an account on his blog this week of an interview he did with David Letterman back in 1993.

Both were changing their jobs at the time and Gerry can tell the rest….

Weather Editor


NBC CT has a new weather editor and we will see him on screen too.

Tyler Jankoski is joining the weather team at channel 30 from WGGB/WSHM in Springfield.

We don’t know if he will be allowed to drive the station’s radical weather cruiser right away. You would think the editor would be allowed to drive, but maybe not.

More News


We’ve done a few stories in recent months about CBS This Morning and it’s not just because Gayle King works there. They seem to be doing something different and according to the ratings, it seems to be working.

CBS’s morning show, while still in third place, is gaining viewers while the morning shows at ABC and NBC are losing viewers. This might be due in part to CBS’s decision to make their morning program a destination for people looking for real news, less entertainment, fewer contests, gimmicks and skits.

The numbers suggest there is an audience for straight news and that audience is finding CBS. Not saying it’s good or bad, it just is. And it further suggests that there is always at least a niche audience looking for solid information on current events and the audience is big enough to attract advertisers and to turn a profit.

Whipple Retiring


For almost two decades Scott Whipple has been one of the main writers for the New Britain Herald.

He has announced he will retire at the end of the month after 17 years with the paper. Many don’t know the breadth of Whipple’s career in journalism and public relations before joining the Herald at age 61.

Enjoy your retirement Scott, but keep writing.




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