John Bell


John Bell, known by many in the Connecticut news world for his @newsbell Twitter feed, has been named managing editor at Fox CT.

News Director Coleen Marren made the announcement Friday. Bell has been doing freelance work for the station. His new position will have him working on daily stories for television and the web, managing the assignment desk and working on special projects, according to an internal memo obtained by The Laurel.


Meerkat Trending


A few years ago, politicians often complained they could no longer have a serious, thoughtful interview with reporters, because journalists were all carrying small video cameras and trying to turn routine interviews into great video moments.

Now, the news business has changed gears again with the Meerkat app that allows anyone with an iPhone to stream video live over Twitter. Some are predicting this marks a major change in how news organizations cover stories; particularly the coverage of the coming presidential campaign.

Friday, Kasie Hunt of MSNBC, conducted the first Meerkat interview with a White House press secretary. The full interview is posted in the story we’ve linked to here. Notice how Hunt replaces a full camera crew simply by placing her phone on the desk between her and her interview subject and switching the camera viewpoint during the Q and A. She gets better at it as the interview goes on, as is often the case with new technology.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House


Senator Toni Boucher(R) and Rep. Tony Guerra(D)

Discussion of Casinos, Clinton, Rowland, Malloy, Murphy with:

Tanya Meck, Jodi Latina, Tom Dudchik

Flashback: Clinton loses CT Primary, March 1992

Report by Deb Kent

The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am






Host: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Registrars of Voters:

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill(D)

Taxis vs. Ride-Sharing companies:

Bill Scalzi, President/CEO Metro Taxi, West Haven

Joseph Miller, General Manager, Curtin Transportation Group

“Team 26″ – Reducing Gun Violence:

Monte Frank, team founder

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

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes(D)

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)

Pour Policy


This seems like someone’s idea of getting the boss to pay for the drinks, but it’s a good idea and it does not diminish the spirit behind the goal.

The CT Mirror has announced its “Policy Pairings Series.”

Over the next two months(April and May) the Mirror will co-host policy discussions, moderated by Mirror staff, at four different breweries in Connecticut.

The beer and policy series is being sponsored by the CT 20×17 campaign.

News Habits


Good news and a continuing vexing problem revealed in a new report from the American Press Institute.

The good news is, the generation of news consumers brought up on the Internet is very interested in what people in the news business consider hard news. The study shows the average millennial follows four to five hard news stories at a time, but they prefer to do it on their own using a variety of methods.

Instead of turning on the nightly news or reading a morning paper, this group of news consumers seeks out its own sources – which may or may not include traditional news media.

So the continuing challenging problem for news industry leaders is; how to make your news organization a “go to” source on the pathway to good information?

Vance Over and Out


Out going State Police spokesman J. Paul Vance sent a farewell note to the Connecticut news media before starting his new assignment as head of the traffic division.

Despite Vance’s professionalism in the weeks since his new assignment was announced there is still skepticism inside news media circles about the real story. Here’s News 8’s post, including the Vance letter in full.



Have you heard of the news app Watchup?

It lets you build your own newscast, based on available content, for viewing on your phone or tablet.

Now, Fox CT, is part of the Watchup line up after Tribune Media signed a partnership deal with the app company. In addition to Fox CT, the deal involves local stations in almost thirty local markets.


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