Fund for Parker and Ward

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The Radio Television Digital News Organization is setting up a special fund, along with two partner organizations, to raise money on behalf of the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

The two young journalists while shot to death while doing a live shot last week near Roanoke, Virginia.

Proceeds will help the families of the shooting victims.

A number of groups, both national and local, are also helping to raise funds.

AP Update

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Many of you remember or worked with Cara Rubinsky and Noreen Gillespie when they worked at the AP bureau in Hartford.

This summer they both received promotions inside the AP.

Rubinsky is now associate Europe editor.

Gillespie was recently named deputy sports editor.

Thought you’d want to know.

H/T – Steve Feica

Commentary

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Here’s a collection of commentary from the weekend on the shooting deaths last week of Virginia television journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

Mike Lupica – NYDN: Bloodiest Reality TV Show H/T Steve Kalb

Dexter Thomas – LA Times: Are We Afraid to Watch White People Dying? H/T Tina A. Brown

Steve Chapman – Chicago Tribune: Gun Myths and the Roanoke Shootings

Scott Simon – NPR – Good Journalists Gone Too Soon

Bryony Gordon – Daily Telegraph, UK: Could This Lead to Change?

Jeffrey Lieberman – NYT: How to Halt the Violence

Alison Parker’s Parents Talk to WDBJ

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ICYMI – NBC CT “First Alert” morning traffic reporter Heidi Voight was anchoring the news this weekend. Before coming to WVIT she anchored the news at WWLP in Springfield, MA.

We caught her at 11 on Saturday night with meteorologist Bob Maxon – who just celebrated 20 years with the station. A tough shift for the morning crew.

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H/T – Jim Amman

Stand Up and Be Counted

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A trained seal should have nothing in common with a journalist.

We have to admit we were a bit surprised last week when the press corps assembled at the now famous Ramos/Trump news conference did nothing when Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was thrown out of the room.

As surprising to this observer was the fact that none of the other reporters walked out of the news conference in support of Ramos.

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Over the weekend Robert Mann made the same observation writing for Salon.

This docile approach by the press to news conferences is a relatively recent development. It is one thing to be deferential to crime victims or emergency management officials at the scene of a crime or natural disaster, but politicians and government leaders are not in the same league. They have chosen to engage in the public forum and once they have made that decision they should expect a free for all.

We’re glad to say that here in Connecticut the press corps hasn’t lost its edge when it comes to standing up against politicians who try too hard to make the rules. This standard was on display earlier this year in what has come to be known as “The Hughes Incident.”

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am

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Host: Dennis House

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy(D)

Flashback: Former Sen. Tom Dodd reacts to Robert Kennedy’s entry into the 1968 presidential race.

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on the Virginia shootings and the vote on the Iran nuclear agreement

Jim Wadleigh – CEO of Connecticut’s Health Exchange

Mike Tetreau(D), First Selectman, Fairfield – Potential move by General Electric

 

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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

Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris

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)

Grow on the Move

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Former WTNH weather forecaster Erica Grow is moving back up the east coast closer to Connecticut(although we are not sure CT is the goal).

She’s been at WUSA in Washington, D.C. since 2012, but now has signed on for the weekend morning weather job at WNBC-4 in New York. Before News 8, Grow was working in Philadelphia.

 

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