Paul Bass


Journalism is a business that often puts a premium on moving around from market to market in the search for the opportunity to make more money or cover bigger and bigger stories.

And then there is Paul Bass. In some ways he embodies the values of an older style of journalism that rewarded writers who covered the same beats for decades and developed a highly nuanced understanding of a city’s history and its people.

The Hartford Courant does a well deserved profile on Bass, who has spent the last 30 years devoted to covering the city of New Haven. As most Laurel readers know Bass is the editor of the New Haven Independent. He is often called on to speak as an expert in making on-line journalism work.

Bass is director of the Online Journalism Project which also publishes the Branford Eagle and the Valley Independent.

CT Mirror Expanding


The Connecticut News Project Inc., the organization behind The Connecticut, has announced plans to expand its web offerings.

Trend CT and CT Viewpoints will launch next month. The news broke on the Mirror website and was emailed to the Mirror’s mailing list.

Trend CT will mine publicly available data and transform it into easy to use and understand info graphics and other formats. CT Viewpoints will expand the Mirror’s ability to publish commentary, including op-eds from public officials and others with an interest in the public policy conversation.


News Junkie


Couldn’t help but notice over the weekend that less than 3 weeks after giving birth to the newest CT News Junkie, Christine Stuart is back on the beat, at least part time.

Her byline appeared on the CT News Junkie site, not once but twice! Once sharing a story with Hugh McQuaid.

We have been unable to independently confirm that daughter Caitlin has been enlisted for light editing duties.

Stoecker Leaving


After more than five years, Jeff Stoecker, a news anchor and member of NBC CT’s Troubleshooters team, is leaving the station. His last day is Wednesday.

The word went out to staff Sunday afternoon. No word on where he’s headed next, but management gave him a warm send off, thanked him for his work and wished him “nothing but the best” as he “pursues new opportunities.” We’ll keep you posted.

Before coming to Hartford, Jeff worked in Albany where his work included covering the prostitution scandal that forced the resignation of former Governor Eliot Spitzer.

New Anchor at Fox CT

Lorenzo Hall is joining Fox CT as a weekday anchor/reporter; he will co-anchor the 4 pm news alongside Jenn Bernstein.  Lorenzo is a D.C. native and he comes to the market from WTVR, the CBS affiliate in Richmond, VA.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House

GOP Response to Governor Malloy’s(D) Budget:

Rep. Chris Davis(R)

Helping the World from Connecticut:

Michael Nyenhuis – CEO of Americares

Hartford Baseball:

Josh Solomon, Owner, New Britain Rock Cats

Mayor Pedro Segarra

City Council President Shawn Wooden

Flashback: Hartford Civic Center Hysteria: Bill O’Reilly – January 1980


The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am






Host: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Governor’s Budget:

Sen. Martin Looney(D)

Sen. Len Fasano(R)


Mayor Mark Boughton(R) – Danbury

Anthem Cyberattack:

Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris


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

Senator Bob Duff(D)

Rep. Themis Klarides(R)

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)



Fox CT newsroom employees have voted in support of unionization.

It’s the second time in the last two years there’s been an attempt to organize the small staff at channel 61. The first vote failed. The final vote this time was 35 to 17.



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