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  • Cell Sets Fire to Pillow, Story Sets Fire to TV Station Website

    A news report about a small fire with no injuries took the internet by storm last week. The question is why.

    The story is about a Dallas area teen who says her cellphone caught fire beneath her pillow as she slept

    The teen went to sleep with her Samsung Galaxy S4 under her pillow and awoke to a smouldering mess, according to KDFW, a Dallas-Fort Worth Fox affiliate. The father of the teen told KDFW he thinks the phone battery may have caused the meltdown, Samsung says the battery was not an original part but was a replacement unit.

    The video has generated more than 1.1 million YouTube Views, 4 million page views on the station’s website and generated even more for the other Fox owned and operated stations that posted the story. … Read more

  • Survey: Women and minorities on TV and radio reach a high that’s still pretty low


    The number of minorities at radio stations reached a ’90s-era high, and women news directors in TV reached an all-time high according to the latest report, released Monday afternoon, from RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey.

    Still, as far as minorities are concerned, the bigger picture remains unchanged. In the last 24 years, the minority population in the U.S. has risen 11 points; but the minority workforce in TV news is up less than half that (4.6), and the minority workforce in radio is up 2.2.

    Some other points from the report:

    – In TV news, minorities made up more than 22 percent of total employment, marking a 13 year high.
    – Smaller stations have more minorities.
    – On TV, “For the first time, black women outnumber black men.… Read more

  • Do local news orgs need national news?

    NetNewsCheck | The New York Times

    Former Project Thunderdome editor-in-chief Jim Brady asks whether local news organizations need to provide much national news anymore in a reflection on his time at the now-shuttered Digital First Media venture.

    Writes Brady, a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board: “Do we think local news organizations — in the disaggregated Web world we live in and the even more atomic mobile world we’re speeding into — actually need much national news anymore?”

    DFM announced the shuttering of Thunderdome in April, and it officially closed July 1.

    RELATED: What went wrong at Digital First Media — and what’s next?

    Among Thunderdome’s goals, Brady wrote, was:

    To serve as a centralized national news desk for our properties so that we didn’t have multiple papers producing the same story about the royal baby or the Kentucky Derby or the Academy Awards.

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Jerry Barsha



During 32 years of reporting on Central New York radio and television, Jerry Barsha gave meaning to the term "breaking news." He broke many exclusive stories and conducted news investigations that brought him recognition from the home audience and his peers alike.
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