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  • Lou Grant, Murphy Brown and Perd Hapley: Readers share their favorite TV show journalists

    Earlier on Friday I asked about favorite journalists from TV sitcoms and dramas. Here’s collection of some of the characters people suggested on Twitter and Facebook:

    Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant:

    Miranda Veracruz De La Hoya Cardinal, Married With Children:

    Murphy Brown, Murphy Brown:

    Perd Hapley, Parks and Recreation:

    Carl Kolchak, The Night Stalker:

    Lynda Day, Press Gang:

    Will McAvoy, The Newsroom:

    Wilhelmina Slater, Ugly Betty:

    Danny Concannon, The West Wing:

    Guy Smiley, Sesame Street:

    Thanks to everyone who sent in their favorites. Here’s a Storify with all the reactions so far:

  • Toronto newsweekly falls short on Buffy The Vampire Slayer trivia

    Toronto’s NOW magazine had to issue a correction due its lack of Buffy The Vampire Slayer knowledge:

    This article originally stated that Joyce Summers, the mother of Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s titular character, succumbed to a cancerous tumour. As pointed out by Queen’s Park Briefing’s John Michael McGrath, Summers in fact died from an aneurysm [sic] that resulted from the tumour’s removal.

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  • Al Jazeera America journalist: Being in the military and being a journalist aren’t that different

    The life of a journalist covering conflict and that of someone in the military aren’t that different, said Al Jazeera America’s Josh Rushing in a phone interview.

    “My family knows that I have a backpack ready to go,” he said. “I’m gone all the time. Where am I going? Really dangerous places, so there’s that same fear.”

    Journalists and people in the military even have similar motivations, he said.

    “I served in the Marines because I believed I was serving a greater cause. I’m a journalist because I believe it’s serving a greater cause.”

    Part of that greater cause for him is helping people understand what’s happening in a place he knows well. On Friday night, Al Jazeera America will run “Flashpoint: Fighting ISIL,” at 8 p.m.… Read more


Nevart Apikian

The Post-Standard

A chance assignment, plus an opportunity to cover entertainers and their shows during her first year as a professional journalist, resulted in Nevart Apikian's lifelong career writing about music, musicians, actors, movies and theater.
Nevart, a Syracuse native, took her first job at the Sullivan County Evening News in Monticello soon after graduating from Syracuse University. She spent a year covering stories about the courts, county government, town meetings and other news events. But, she also wrote about the entertainers who played the numerous Catskill Mountain resort hotels around Monticello.

After a year, she returned to Syracuse and a reporting job with The Post-Standard. As she recalls, "many assignments later, I covered the touring First Drama Quartet in (Bernard) Shaw's 'Don Juan in Hell.' This led to my becoming the theater and movie critic of the newspaper for more than 25 years."

During that time, Nevart found Syracuse "rich in music, theater and art. I was fortunate in being able to write about the Syracuse Symphony, Syracuse Opera and Syracuse Stage, and the many excellent community theaters, and about television. I recall fondly the former Lyric Circus in Skaneateles and the Pompeian Players."

One of her most interesting experiences, says Nevart, a first-generation American, is the trip she took to Armenia, where her parents were born. During the trip she visited Yerevan, the capital of that small country which lies in the shadow of Mt. Ararat near the Black Sea. The journey also gave her an opportunity to practice the Armenian she learned as a child in Syracuse.

Nevart is a past president of Theta Sigma Phi, a journalism honorary now known as Women in Communications, and of the Central New York Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. She also is a member of Civic Morning Musicals and the Trip Committee of the Everson Museum of Art.

In looking back on her career in the newsroom, she notes the changes from a time when reporters and writers worked to the click-clack and bell ringing of typewriters to the almost silent word processors of present day computers. She says she is grateful for all of the unique stories she covered and interesting people she met. An example of her unique assignments is among Nevart's prized souvenirs -- a photo of her on an elephant, taken when she covered a circus visit to Syracuse. --Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:15 )
 
"It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about."
--Tom Brokaw, NBC News

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Richard Long

Herald-Journal

Herald American

Skaneateles Press

Richard Long's career has spanned the world and embraced such endeavors as reporter, columnist, author, playwright, documentary filmmaker, director and producer.
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