Tuesday, July 17, 2007

That Newspaper To Radio News Migration

OMW hears from a reliable source that yet another local newspaper type is trading in print for a radio microphone.

Word out of a certain building on Exchange Street is that Akron Beacon Journal reporter Kymberli Hagelberg is exiting the newspaper, bound for a reporting gig at ideastream NPR outlet WCPN/90.3 Cleveland.

The job change for Hagelberg would be the second such move in recent weeks.

Long-time Canton Repository managing editor M.L. Schultze left the Canton newspaper to take the news director post at WCPN's primary Northeast Ohio competitor, Kent State University-owned NPR outlet WKSU/89.7 Kent.

Now, we realize that radio news itself isn't the most stable profession, and stations have cut back on it in recent years.

But the public radio news battle in Northeast Ohio has been heated, and a number of moves have been made at both WCPN and WKSU - sometimes between the two stations, as staffers move back and forth.

And apparently both operations feel a little journalistic injection from the print side of things is a needed boost to their newsrooms.

And of course, there's that Major Instability Factor regarding new ownership at both the Beacon Journal and the Repository.

The Beacon cut a large number of staffers, and consolidated other positions, when new owner Black Press took the reins. And the Repository was recently purchased by a company called GateHouse...


Tom Erickson said...

Sorry to see Kymberli Hagelberg leave the ABJ. She did a good job covering summit county government. Lets hope the new county beat reporter can pick up where Kymberli left off.

Good Luck Kymberli!!!!

Anonymous said...

As soon as you close the comments section here nobody will come to this site anymore

Anonymous said...

Another reason why public radio is so boring. Dry and boring newspaper people leaving for dry and boring public radio. Newspaper people with little if any radio experience. Public radio needs innovative people from the commercial broadcasting who want to try new things they can't do on the commercial side. Instead you have people from one dying industry (newspapers) bringing their dead ideas to another.

Anonymous said...

"{Another reason why public radio is so boring."

Could have fooled me. What station are you listening to?

Anonymous said...

These smart reporters are discovering what the rest of us did 5 years ago, PRINT IS DEAD.
Nobody reads 500 word stories anymore. It's a soundbyte world.

Despite her best efforts, sadly interest in Summit County Government is about the same as interest in the radio show of the above poster.

Mike Trivisonno said...

I agree with Anon at 3:47 as soon as the comments are closed this place will be more deserted than the east bank of the flats are.

Anonymous said...

Most reporters are just libs who want to push an agenda but are too cowardly to put their names on a ballot box so they hide behind cameras, microphones, and bylines, releasing a daily stream of bias and selective facts.

Being increasingly unable to foist their crap in a medium that relies on making a profit, they run away once again to a world that exists because of government handouts.

And that's where these little airheads have now taken their prattle.

The last refuge of Sharon Reed wannabees. NPR.

Anonymous said...

People still read newspapers! Just listen to radio news reports, TV news and bloggers. We all know 90 percent of their news starts with a newspaper story.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the comments section should be closed...amazing to read some posts.

Welcome Kymberli and M.L. to broadcast storytelling...despite all the snide comments from some of those above it's still all about the telling of the story. Good writing and creative journalism, regardless of conveyance, is still in demand. Even in this on-demand world...there's just more choices.

Looking forward to your work!

Anonymous said...

People come here to read stuff and then post their comments. Why do you think discussion boards are so popular? If all you are doing is coming here to read news about Radio and TV there are hundreds of websites like this. The comments section makes it unique

Anonymous said...

congrats to both ms. hagelberg and ms. schultze...both are journalists, and as such, will take their craft and their standards with them. the losses of the beacon and repository are the gains of npr...good luck ladies.

Anonymous said...

OMW does a great job of posting only verified information, or in the case of rumor - indentifying it as such. I like to see read informed comments - but stuff like public radio people are "just libs" with an agenda makes me wretch. If only NPR was more like Rush, then life would be good.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, did I miss something? Please explain why OMW is going to be deserted when this comment section is closed? I'm afraid I missed the point.

Perhaps I spent too many years with my head pinched between a set of headphones or something.

Anonymous said...

What makes both public radio stations in Cleveland so boring is crummy upper management. Because of low pay, they can't attract anyone with any business expertise. And because of low pay, the Peter principle is in play--you're not in charge because you're the most talented, you're in charge because you;ve been there the longest and can't get a job anywhere else.

Mike Conley said...

Media is everchanging forum of communications. Is print dead? Not entirely... but it's future is definitely NOT what those of us in print thought it would be 15 years ago.

As reported today, the ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulation) will start tallying both print AND online subscribers when reporting circulation numbers. This should - should - help newspapers when it comes to presenting figures to advertisers and with advertising rates.

Remember, with arrival of FM radio, AM radio was expected to meet a rapid demise. It has evolved with times and survived. The print media should do the same.

J said...

"Most reporters are just libs who want to push an agenda but are too cowardly to put their names on a ballot box so they hide behind cameras, microphones, and bylines, releasing a daily stream of bias and selective facts."

That's strange comment coming from someone named Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

yes...just what public radio needs...more "innovative" people from commercial radio? And who might those people be? The cookie cutter clear channel talk show hosts who take their marching orders from the daily repub talking points? Bathroom humor experts like Opie and Anthony? Loud mouth folks who eat on the air? Please keep your innovators away from boring public radio.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be a lot of angry liberals on this comment thread. I guess you are upset that your beloved democrat congress has a 14% approval rating

Ohio Media Watch said...

The political debate is over there:


As in, away from this blog.

We'll take advantage of the self-imposed 24 hour "close the comments" rule we've been lazy about enforcing.

Oh, and since we're here...

Re: "As soon as you close the comments section here nobody will come to this site anymore"

You obviously do not see the private feedback we receive from dozens of people.

If you think "nobody will come here anymore" is something that will affect our decision making process about the comments, you're way off.

We have said many, many times that the comments "came with the blog", and we have no intent on running a forum or message board.

The only reason folks say stuff like the quote from the anonymous 3:47 poster yesterday is simple.

This blog is widely, widely read in local media, and if we take away comments, these folks won't get to make anonymous pot shots at people in local media - that'd be potentially read by those people.

They'd have to go slinking back to Cleveland.com's Listening Party and Television boards, which many actual working professionals have abandoned in the past few months.

So, taking away the comments takes away their anonymous stage, as it were.

We're always considering such a move, but it's not happening - yet. We might move to requiring a Google sign-in, which would at least stop the drive-by anonymous pot shots.

We'll keep everyone up to date. For now, this is closed.

-The Management