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It’s about time!

Imagine my surprise when I got this email today! They finally admitted it 🙂

Off with their heads!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been enjoying the un-edited version of Inside Stormland. This week was priceless when Angela motioned ‘Off with their heads!’ Remember Angela, it’s just a flesh wound.

I would love to see some of the unedited tape from Bowlcut’s show.

Is a local TV reporter ‘trying’ to moonlight as an escort?

Last night at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting, sex trafficking watchdog Sierra told the city council during public input that she was concerned that a local TV reporter was trying to sell escort services online on an internet dating site. She said she made the station aware of the person but they seem to be in denial since the reporter still works for them. I guess they claim this person’s photo was taken from them without permission and used in this manner. A lot of he said, she said going on.

Sierra commented, “If the media was paying their employees more competitive wages they wouldn’t have none of their news reporters looking for Sugar Daddies on these websites.”

I was made aware of this last week and have seen some of the ads. While it may be a ‘gray area’ since this was on a dating site, Sierra commented that it still is a form of prostitution.

I’m willing to hear someone out, especially if they think their identity is being stolen from them. I guess if I was in a situation like this (LOL, no one would use a half-naked photo of me unless it was for a weight loss website) I would report it to the police immediately without hesitation.

We will see how this plays out.

*I am not posting the name of the reporter or the station, so if you make any guesses in the comment area they will be deleted.

 

 

Local Media websites incredibly frustrating and dysfunctional

I can’t hold it in anymore, the two news sites (that have obviously borrowed their website format from the super media sh*t piles that own them) are horrible. Beyond horrible.

As a person who hasn’t had a functioning TV in almost ten years, I depend on my large monitor and the internet to get everything I need. I actually think by only depending on the internet, I’m more informed. You can really weed thru the BS faster while surfing the net.

So now it comes to our local media. Ironically the best local media website, KDLT doesn’t have as many followers, but somehow have figured out simplicity works, they need to pass that knowledge on.

First with our only local daily. It shocks me that a media company that wants to get rid of their dead tree version and promote digital subscriptions has a website that has so many ads and videos going on that if you dare take a deep breath while viewing it you are back to the home page in a second. So which is it? Do you want to charge for your content or have paid advertisers pay for that content? You seem to want to have both which is a gigantic polished turd. I don’t know how many times I have to refresh, go back to where I thought I was in the story only to be interrupted with an ad, a video about cats, or some other distraction. Please, fire your web developers, they are failing you hugely. I just want to read your stories in peace without Morgan Freeman telling me I need a credit card.

Let’s move on to Stormland-TV. Why is every single video interrupted with an ad at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of your ‘tell me nothing’ 30 second news story? And why is every news story on mute, so I have to start over to hear only to be interrupted by another ad about corn farmers? And what’s up with the volume levels that fluctuate between an AC/DC concert and a kitten purring?

Trust me, it isn’t my ‘device’ these things happen on my phone, laptop, tablet, MAC and PC, at least they are consistent in their dysfunction.

Some would say, ‘Just give up’ but I like to stay apprised with what is going on in the community, I literally am forced to go thru these hoops just to get a tidbit of news and trust me #2 TV station is not much better.

While this blog may not have all the bells and whistles these circus clowns have incorporated, at least you can come here and read the stories without having to build a barrier around your mouse in case you accidentally hit the volume control or click on a floating ad.

The MSM might wonder why they are losing readers, please, take a look in the mirror.

STORMLAND TV Reporter must be a ‘Flock of Seagulls’ fan

City requiring ‘Pre-Registration’ for media event about Transit

So I guess now the public and media need to ‘Pre-Register’ for press conferences because there seems to be a shortage of chairs . . . kind of like the EC Campus book club meeting.

This new administration really doesn’t understand open government.

Stormland TV helps promote MMM for higher office

Trust me, when I read this, I got a little ill;

KELOLAND On the Road will premiere April 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm CT on KELOLAND TV.  In the same spirit as the popular CBS On the Road franchise, KELOLAND On the Road will feature inspirational and interesting stories from across KELOLAND.  Former Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will host the program.

“Every town has unique stories of life that motivate, inspire, and make folks feel good.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with KELOLAND to bring them to light,” said Huether.  “Watch “On the Road” one time, and you will be hooked!”

“Mike has a unique gift of engaging people and finding the hidden stories in every community,” added Jay Huizenga, Vice President and General Manager of KELOLAND Media Group.  “We look forward to what stories he will find on the road.”

Oh, he has a ‘gift’ alright, just make sure you keep him away from your City Hall’s safe. Not sure if the Stormland Crew learned anything about covering local issues last night, but I am pretty sure this wasn’t what Woodward and Bernstein were talking about. I also look at this as a way for MMM to promote himself for a higher office run eventually and (probably) getting paid to do it. Stormland really should be ashamed of this blatant self promotion, but first you have to have some shame to be ashamed. Our local TV media has completely fell off their rockers.

WoodStein talk at Augie (Guest Post Cameraman Bruce)

Bob and Carl were in town to chat last night for the yearly Augustana Boe Forum. Tickets were scrounged up so we, Scott and me, could attend the event. It was an interesting night.

Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin moderated a comfortable chat with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein from big chairs setup on the stage. The March 19th, 2019 event was well worth attending. These are reporters who have poked da bigwigs of every political stripe for soon 50 years and appear to be ready to keep doing it.

It was fun to watch the attendees troop in from our floor level seat in front of a group from Stormland-TV. Some of the comments from behind us were hilarious, as some of them were trying to understand the subtleties of the speaker’s comments.

(DL: When Woodward asked the crowd how many people watch TV for their news, only about 10-20% raised their hands, when he asked print/internet the entire rest of the crowd raised their hands. After that I heard someone faintly behind us say ‘keloland.com’. I really only believe people watch local TV news for the local weather, but not local news.)

Also from our spot we watched many of our local authoritarians march in. We also could see these politicos appear to listen to and understand the message the two Washington reporters were trying to convey. From our perch, observing the locals added to the enjoyment of the evening. Few of them seem to be there to learn government openness. Maybe these local politico were there to improve the ongoing efforts of hiding information from those of us who look too close.

Many times during the questioning, my thoughts went to comparing our local buffoons of power with the 1970’s Washington power buffoons. It brought back the fall of 1974, when I was able to have a front row seat at the Watergate trial with Judge John Sirica presiding over the trial of several top Nixon aides, including H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and former attorney general John Mitchell. I would have never had a front row seat to history had these two men not been allowed by the Post to do their jobs to the fullest extent possible.

Washington of 1974 was an electric place following the collapse of one government and all the changes happening as the new administration was trying to start up. Without these two lowly police beat reporters, looking into a simple burglary, who knows what damage would have happened to all of us. We also have those who say these two might have damaged our system, history will tell. One thing we do know, the 1st Amendment worked. Bi-partisan politics works. We also have learned our system of education has not worked, but that is another story for another time.

A couple of side stories of interest, included hearing their insider’s view of how Republican U.S. Senators Hugh Scott and Barry Goldwater honestly told Nixon he did not have the votes to stay in power. Bob’s personal change in his view of Gerald Ford’s unconditional pardon of Nixon, one month after the resignation of Nixon was refreshing. The country in 1974 was pissed at Ford, most of America wanted revenge. Only Gerald Ford had the guts to end the collective “long national nightmare” of Richard Nixon and sacrificed his political career for it.

It was interesting to listen to these two heroes of my early adult political life, discuss their ability to “follow the money” to break the corruption and intrigue of the Nixon administration.  When the reporters brought up their comparisons between the 1970’s and now, many in the audience were definitely upset. This crowd reaction to their comparison was so divisive, Bob and Carl commented on the split crowd. As the discussion of the current administration’s documented and published 8,000 lies progressed, the crowd’s reaction even seem to catch the speakers by surprise. It also came out how little appreciation there was of their work by some in the audience.

Bob and Carl let us know many Republicans in power positions today do not like Trump and his actions but still don’t raise their collective voices to challenge it.  Our local authoritarians in the room did not like what they heard.

(DL: Former Mayor Bowlcut & Bucktooth made an appearance, as he walked along the bleachers he shook everyone’s hands like he was running for something. I guess it is not to early to announce you are challenging TenHaken).

The local authoritarians, sitting within our immediate view, did not like hearing some of their stories of how the reporters have researched corrupt politicians. Toward the end Boe Forum organizers asked two of Augie’s best and brightest to ask some questions. A lighthearted moment of the event was when one of the students accidently named the pair “Mr. Woodstein” in his question. Nice touch. These journalism students centered their comments on the fate of local media and especially newspapers. In the reporter’s answer was a dig on Gannet’s takeover of local media and their profit motivation over community news. It also reminded me of personal conversations with Al Neuharth where he was so proud of USA Today and how it would control the dialogue of the nation.

Just few lessons relearned on Tuesday night: 1) no matter who is in power, money is the root of all corruption. 2) The ability of corrupt individuals who believe in and have the goal of absolute power to control our lives must be kept in check. 3) Our local government efforts are in the mode of their 1972 efforts to follow the money, power and money run hand in hand. 4) Authoritarians have no business being part of American politics, power or life.

The real life versions of Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman of the movie have aged well. Long may they continue to poke at the pompous buffoons of power. We need it more now than ever.

Digital media is still popular . . .

Ms. Schwan wrote a great article about how digital media still works, if you do it right;

One headline proclaimed “BuzzFeed and the digital meltdown” and explored the challenges facing the once-darling of digital media. The next headline read “Decline in readers, ads leads hundreds of newspapers to fold.” It detailed a Montana community that lost its newspaper and now looks to a one-man operation for news, mostly through his Facebook posts.

Take those two examples, multiply them out across the nation, and you’ve got a glimpse at what media leaders are grappling with as they attempt to build sustainable business models.

In midst of the latest ‘reporter shield law’ signed by Governor Noem, I still find it a bit odd that they excluded journalists who are independent and work exclusively on the internet. Yes, there is a world of difference from what Jodi does and what I do, but we still work in the same platform, opposite of the failing one;

I used to half-joke when I was in the newspaper industry that, as a business editor, I had pretty good job security.

Someone would have to write the story about whenever the place went out of business, and it seemed logical the role would fall to whomever was left writing about business. By that point, it was really only me, anyway.

It became clear to me that my future wasn’t in that industry, though, during an earnings call in late 2016 when my company’s CEO was asked to “score” the opportunity for continued expense reduction. He compared it to being in the third inning of a baseball game. In other words, they saw plenty of room to further cut costs. I’m not sure where they would consider themselves at today, but I suspect they haven’t reached the seventh-inning stretch.

And it’s just not the dead tree version that is actually dying, the digital format our local newspaper applies is dying also. It’s almost like they are trying to kill off the traditional paper by putting stories online sometimes 2-5 days before they print in the paper. Only to direct people to a website that you have to pay to read (which I felt was a horrible idea). I always thought that they should have kept the online FREE and posted teasers to stories that you could read in the daily printed subscription getting people to read both. I was even surprised with all the stories about flooding emergencies in SF, they still were not offering FREE online readership (I think they had one story available for FREE?).

Jodi says it best, digital media works depending on your platform and opportunities. I often have people tell me across the state that they wouldn’t know what was going on in city government if they didn’t read my site;

I don’t know if this is the future business model for local media, but it’s working so far, and it definitely can grow more. I would argue it has to in order to deliver what the community needs and deserves.

The sad irony is that, in the case of Sioux Falls, there has never been more to talk about. We’ve never had this level of development and industry change. We’ve also never encountered the corresponding challenges that growth brings to a community in quite this way. Look even at this week, when unprecedented weather demanded we have credible information-gatherers spread throughout the state.

In short, there have never been more stories to tell in this city. And it’s sad to me that there is a decreasing number of journalists to tell them. It motivates me to figure out a better way. And two years into it, at least I can say I’m on my way. Thank you so much to all who help make it possible.

I would agree, there are so many stories out their to be covered and lack of experience, lack of creativity, lack of resources, lack of historical knowledge and just plain lack of people and lack of good leadership if there is any leadership at all. This all reared it’s head last week when KSFY reporter, Vanessa Gomez accused city councilors Starr and Stehly of ‘putting her in the middle’. Uh, it’s kind of your job to ferret out the truth (I will give you a hint, it wasn’t coming from TJ TypeOver and City Hall). Ironically shortly after their press conference there was an announcement from city hall to run 3 pothole shifts with a goal to get caught up by April.

Maybe other media digital platforms are failing, because essentially they have a losing team. Sorry Jodi, I wasn’t as polite about it.

I’m a credentialed journalist of ONE

In South Dakota, you can get a badge for almost anything!

As I have stated before, there is no credentialing of journalists in South Dakota. You can certainly belong to the SD Newspaper Association, you can also work for a TV station or newspaper in which you collect a paycheck. You can also have a degree in communications and journalism. But in SD, there is NO organization that will give you credentials.

I find it ironic that a state legislature and governor’s office find it necessary that you have credentials to carry a pen, but you only need a holster to carry a gun.

Their misunderstandings between the 1st & 2nd Amendments are astounding.