Breaking the News: KC’s Changing Mediascape
Representatives of the Kansas City area’s journalism community examine a local media landscape buffeted by dwindling revenues, cost-saving cuts in staff and resources, and increasingly splintered audiences. They assess what lies ahead for journalism in our region, gauging the consequences of diminished community coverage.
KMBZ Radio’s Dana Wright moderates the discussion. Joining her: University of Kansas associate journalism professor Carol Holstead, KCTV5 executive producer Amanda Palumbo, Kansas City Star editorial board member and reporter Toriano Porter, KCUR 89.3 reporter Lisa Rodriguez, and Star reporter Steve Vockrodt.
Co-presented by KCUR 89.3, Generation Listen KC, and the Young Friends of the Library.
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About the Panel:
Carol is an associate professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. With undergraduate and master's degrees in theater from Kansas State University, she aspired to become a theater critic.That aspiration changed once she discovered the world of magazine publishing. For seven years, Holstead found an outlet for her journalism skills through magazine editing and design, creating a new magazine, Floral Retailing. She then joined the J-School at KU, teaching courses in magazine design, production, editing and writing.
Her list of former students who have advanced into magazine professions continues to grow. Many of her students have gone on to work at prestigious magazines such as Teen People, Redbook, Working Woman, People, Southern Living, and Gear.
Amanda Palumbo “My job is to create and manage editorial content for all dayparts. I oversee a team of executive producers, producers, reporters and our investigative unit.”
Favorite Book: The Disaster Artist (I have a slight obsession with The Room) Born and raised in south St. Louis by a pair of high school dropouts, Toriano Porter discovered a love for reading and writing at an early age. Feeling left out of the loop by his more advanced-reading middle school classmates, Toriano developed a daily habit of reading whatever he could get his hands on. Now, more than 30 years later, Toriano is an author, journalist, and speaker. He has cultivated his love for the written word into a profession filled with passion to help others. Toriano is currently a columnist and a member of the Kansas City Star's editorial board.
Reporter & afternoon newscaster
Local news picks:
“In my job I’m scanning the news all the time. Aside from regularly checking in on The [Kansas City] Star and all of our local TV stations, I also try to check in on smaller local papers.The Independence Examiner was covering the Jackson County Legislature before anyone and covers a part of our metro that doesn’t get a lot of media attention – eastern Jackson County. Northeast News is a great source and does a super job covering the city council. The Riverfront Times in St. Louis is also doing really good, insightful reporting.”
“I’ve been super into Ear Hustle lately, which brings you stories from inside San Quentin State Prison in California. Also, I listened to all of The Habitat, which is about a Mars simulation that took place in Hawaii, over 2 days.”
Kansas City Star
Favorite local news sources: KCUR, Shawnee Mission Post, The Pitch, Kansas City Business Journal.
Favorite podcast: The New Yorker Radio Hour (David Remnick is the best interviewer I've ever heard)
KCUR Statehouse Blend:
- Missouri: http://kcur.org/programs/statehouse-blend-missouri#stream/0
- Kansas: kcur.org/programs/statehouse-blend
TOPICAL LINKS OF INTEREST:
Report for America Supports Journalism Where Cutbacks Hit Hard (New York Times)
Private equity owners endanger Daily Camera’s future (Boulder Free Press)
The crisis in local journalism has become a crisis of democracy (Washington Post)
Responding to Our Oral Culture (Niemanlab.org)