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TV News Anchors and Journalistic Tradition

How Journalists Adapt to Technology

Kimberly Meltzer

Through the lens of TV news anchors, this book examines the impact that television news has had on traditional journalistic standards and practices. While TV news anchors boost the power, adulation, and authority of journalism in general, internally, the journalistic community feels that anchors undermine many key journalistic values. This book provides a historical overview of the impact they have had on American journalism, uncovering the changing values, codes of behavior, and boundaries of the journalistic community. In doing so, it reveals that challenges to journalistic standards provide an opportunity to engage in debate that is central to maintaining journalism’s identity, and demonstrate the ability of the community to self-regulate. The result is that news anchors are kept in check by the community, and the community is prompted to reexamine itself and evolve. The book’s findings also offer suggestions for thinking about how journalists are dealing with the latest technological challenges posed by the internet and mobile technology.


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Appendix 2 Interviews Conducted After interviewees granted me permission to record our conversations, I did so with a digital recording device. Recordings of all interviews were personally transcribed by the author. Personal Interviews Conducted (2006, 28 February) Phone interview with B.D., male newspaper reporter. (2006, 23 January) Phone interview with Wolf Blitzer, CNN. (2006, 19 January) Phone interview with G.B., female veteran television news booker. (2006, 29 July) Phone interview with G.C., female audience research analyst for broadcast TV network. (2006, 4 March) Phone interview with Brad Linder, former WHYY public radio reporter in Philadelphia. (2006, 23 February) In-person interview with Andrea Mitchell, NBC News. Interview material updated by Andrea Mitchell through personal correspondence on August 6, 2009. (2006, 17 January) Phone interview with P.K., female former veteran television news producer, CNN. (2006, 16 March) Phone interview with James Rosen, Fox News correspondent. (2006, 16 February) In-person interview with Chris Satullo, Executive Director for News and Civic Dialogue, WHYY, public broadcasting in Philadelphia, and former Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board editor. Appendix 2 186 (2006, 8 March) Phone interview with Alan Wurtzel, President of Research, NBC. Additional email correspondence from March 3, 2009.

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