silly debate over whether blogging is "journalism." It all depends.
Some bloggers report and research their items as aggressively as some
newspaper, magazine and TV journalists. Some apply careful journalistic
scrutiny to reporting done by others. Still others simply masticate
news reports first served elsewhere, removing the flavor until the
reports reach a form they consider politically or ideologically
digestible. At the bottom of the barrel are blogs engaging in
persiflage and lies. The blogosphere per se is just another information
A few days ago, Zach Klein, a Fort Wayne native who lives in NYC, noticed this poster (via Bert Ehrmann of Dangerous Universe) for sale on AllPosters.com.
Some of Zach's readers spent a few days trying to figure out the what
images were used inside each letter, but were stumped by a few
locations that don't seem to exist anymore. For a closer look, you can
buy a 24 x 18 inch copy -- for the low price of $62.99.
There's an interesting discussion happening on the message boards at dslreports.com about what Fort Wayne customers think of Verizon's new fiber optic home service (FIOS).
have a friend who lives in a addition off of Ardmore near Elmhurst H.S.
who already has it. They were out last week in my back yard connecting
cable to the pole (Calhoun/Paulding area, Hillcrest Addition) and the
installer would be back later to run the cable to the house. I can't
wait to finally dump Comcast for FIOS and DishTV. I figured out that i
will save roughly 25.00/month for TV & Internet services after I
dump Comcast. I will also most like switch to VoiceWing or Vonage and
save an additional 20.00+/month on phone service.
had mine installed on Tuesday and have had nothing but trouble.
Constant reboots of the piece of crap dlink they left here. Also its a
used router. WTF . How do i know its used your asking??? Well there's
writing on the back in marker vz_fios3 gamelab3.. I am really
disappointed in the tech support also. Any how I have changed the dlink
out w/a multitech routefinder and still have to reset it at least 4
times a day. Speeds are very inconsistent also.
live in New Haven. But our address should be Fort Wayne. Not sure why,
but I live in the George Town area. Anyway, I filled out some kind of
form a few months back requesting service for Verizon FIOS. It said the
neighborhoods with the most request, would be the first to receive the
services. Three weeks ago, I received a phone call from one of
Verizon's contractor asking me did I bury anything in my backyard
within the last 2 yrs. I said, nope. Ok then she said, we will send
someone out to mark any gas lines or buried cables in your backyard. A
week few days later, they sent out someone to mark the gas lines with
orange paint and flags. Then a week later, another Verizon contractor
came out did some prep work on the phone box on the side of the house.
Then a few days after that, they come back out to bury the fiber optic
cable from the main to my house. Yeah baby!! He then said the final
step would be for someone to come back out and install the new box. He
said that wont be until a week or two. So I should be receiving a phone
call soon, to hook up the box and service! Should be next week
sometimes after Halloween. I did ask Verizon FIOS about the TV service.
She said, they cant offer TV service yet because they waiting on the
city of Fort Wayne officials to reach a agreement. HMMM!! Tell those
morons officials to hurry up!!! Once that happens, then my home would
final be rid of Comcast after all these years!! Been paying $80 per
month for digital cable and $45 per month for high speed internet. My
cable bill would be cut in half, but my high speed internet would be
the same price but with double download speed.
Verizon came to my workplace, they had a map of the area and the
different sections of the city marked off. The south and south east
sections of Fort Wayne weren't suppose to be ready by the end of the
year. I don't remember though what the exact boundary lines were. I
think they were more towards teh east of Lafayette or maybe even to the
east of Anthony. I though the Calhoun area was going to be available
because I was thinking my church could upgrade our frame relay DSL line
Fort Wayne Politics has a post in response to Ben Lanka's article
in today's JG about Republican's current county-wide dominance. Most of
the post is on Republicans in Name Only, but there's also some
speculation on the 2007 mayoral race:
Possible 2007 Democrat Mayoral Candidates:
Councilman John Shoaff Councilman Tim Pape Current Mayor Graham Richard
Possible Republican Candidates:
Councilman John Crawford Matt Kelty Former Mayor Paul Helmke
Kara Hull reports
on Tri-State's new policy on speaking to the press, which sounds like
it may have been hatched at Granite Broadcasting or Fort Wayne
University launched a policy this month that bars students and
employees from talking with professional journalists without permission
from the school’s marketing department.
policy, sent via e-mail to all employees and students Oct. 14,
instructs the campus community not to answer questions from reporters
without prior permission from the university’s Department of Brand
& Integrated Marketing. If a reporter contacts employees or
students without the knowledge of the marketing department, they should
refuse to answer questions and contact the department, the policy
The policy also instructs students not to invite reporters or media representatives onto campus or into a dormitory.
The policy – which [Patrick Johansen, director of Tri-State’s marketing department]
said he crafted after 10 months of research – was created, in part, to
protect student privacy and isn’t intended to silence their voices, he
said. He said there will be no sanctions against students who violate
the rule. The rule will also provide a learning experience for students
and employees who aren’t trained to talk to the media, Johansen said.
is not a gag order,” he said. “The policy is not in any way trying to
place a gag order on campus or stifle communication. We’re just trying
to help everyone understand this is a serious business and it should be
Johansen said he has worked at other
universities that have similar policies in place and felt Tri-State
needed a media policy, too.
Students may not understand how
information they provide to a reporter could be used, Johansen said,
and the policy lets them know they’re not obligated to talk. It also
protects their expectation of privacy in their on-campus rooms, he said.
From the policy:
member of the campus community should interact with media
representatives without prior approval from the Department of Brand
& Integrated Marketing.
polite to the reporter but do not answer any questions. (‘I have no
comment’ is always appropriate when talking to a reporter.)
If possible, ask the reporter what the story is about, ask for a list of questions, and ask what his/her deadline is.
Contact the Department of Brand & Integrated Marketing as soon as possible.
former federal judge Jesse Eschbach died Tuesday, a flood of memories
washed over those who had dealt with the highly respected jurist during
the 38 years he spent on the bench.
One of those involved two
former Fort Wayne newspaper reporters and the extent to which the judge
would go to be fair with the media.
The reporters – Nancy
Laughlin and the late Jerry Shackelford, both of The Journal Gazette –
were in the federal building one day covering a proceeding in
Eschbach’s court. A short time after it concluded, they made their way
down the hall to the elevator and waited to go to the first floor.
a few moments, the elevator stopped at their floor and the doors slid
open. Standing inside, by himself, was the judge. To the surprise of
the reporters, Eschbach stepped out of the car and told them to take
Shackelford remembered Eschbach pulling him aside a
few days later when he ran into the judge outside the building. “I
don’t want you to think I don’t like reporters,” said Eschbach, who had
a reputation as the sort who was always ready to discuss a point of law
or legal process with reporters as long as it didn’t involve a
particular case. “I just don’t want anyone to think I was singling you
out for special treatment."
Those of you in the televison business know that the November sweeps
are right around the corner. Sweeps are periods used for measuring
television audiences (based on Nielsen Ratings)
and determining advertising rates. February, May, July, and November
are all sweeps months, and this year's November sweeps are from Nov. 2
The upcoming sweeps have plenty of drama built in. 21Alive
had consistently finished at the top of the ratings, but in the two
ratings periods since Granite Broadcasting bought NBC 33, News Channel
15 came out on top. Add in Granite's current financial woes, and you
can bet there are plenty of people at WPTA who will be on pins and
needles during the next few weeks.
Of course, the only people
who really count when it comes to sweeps are those viewers that have
been chosen by Nielsen (the company that tabulates the ratings) to keep
a diary of what programs they watch.
But what if sweeps were
confined to FWOb readers? (Clearly a much more intelligent and
media-savvy group than the general populace...)
I've created a
blog poll to answer that very question. (It's at the top of the
sidebar.) Just select which news program you prefer, and when the
results of the November sweeps are released, we'll compare them with
the FWOb sweeps. (If you're reading this from 21Alive HQ or that of its
partner in news, the Journal Gazette, rest assured that there's no way
for anyone to trace your vote...)
a respected bond analyst who has followed the company since 2001 said
the $180 million Granite will earn from its sale of stations in Detroit
and San Francisco this quarter will only be enough to keep the company
afloat for another year — at best.
“Even if they pay down some
of their debt, the stations they have left can’t generate enough income
to cover their interest payments,” analyst Shelly Lombard, of Gimme
Credit, said last week.
[...]The sales price Granite is getting
for its WB stations in San Francisco and Detroit was a disappointment
to shareholders, bond holders and other creditors. “People were hoping
for $250 million,” Lombard said.
“What worked against Granite is
that buyers knew they needed to sell,” Lombard added. “It’s like
selling a house in the middle of a divorce. Everyone knows you’re
The company said it plans to use $30 million of the
sale proceeds for general corporate purposes, including interest and
operating expenses. It also will acquire a $2.5-million stake in AM
Media, which is buying the stations. The remaining $147.5 million could
be used either to either repay debt or buy more major
But Granite faces serious financial problems next year no matter how it chooses to use the proceeds from the station sales.
New York company’s current debt totals $460 million, including $405
million in bonds. The annual interest is about $45 million.
Granite uses $147.5 million to pay down debt, it would reduce its
annual interest payments to about $30 million. But it would only be
able to generate about $20 million to $25 million in earnings with its
current holdings, Lombard estimated.
If Granite uses the $147.5
million for expansion, it could improve its earnings to $30 million to
$40 million in 2006. That would fall short of the $45 million needed
for interest payments if the debt isn’t reduced.
Good reporting by Lipp, but this isn't likely to be welcome news over on Butler Road.
Sunday's JG featured two articles on downtown revitalization: a report on the future of the Downtown Improvement District and a profile of new DID director Dan Carmody.
50, puts consensus and cooperation at the top of his list of factors
necessary to spur downtown development and vibrancy.
are,” he says, “three legs to every downtown stool: The corporate side,
the public side and the small business and small property side. All
three have to work together or you can’t succeed.”
he gets to Fort Wayne, Carmody says, the city’s three rivers will be an
integral part of economic development planning.
“The rivers,” he says, “are a huge opportunity. I just really haven’t thought through how that might be tapped.”
is the only place that’s gonna have a pedestrian experience,” he says.
“It’s not a very pretty experience in most downtowns and certainly
there’s a lot of work left to be done (in Fort Wayne’s) downtown.”
reading about Carmody, one can't help but get excited about the
possiblility that he's just the kind of leader we need to take the
reins right now. Yes, studies are nice, but sometimes we hide behind
them and tout them as a sign of progress without taking any real
action. And what we need is action.
The good news: the Fort
Wayne community is firmly behind the idea that we need to revitalize
downtown. Now we just need a Pied Piper to get us to where we want to