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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 31, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22563.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22563

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Title Houstonian 1989
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Transcript T.V. Anchor defines media Singer Don Henley's song "Dirty Laundry" describes with its pointed lyrics how many Americans feel the news media operates. " . . . IS the head dead yet? All the noise in the newsroom got a running bet . . . get the widow on the set . . . give me dirty laundry . . . The bubble headed bleach blond comes on at five, she can tell ya 'bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye His vie^f of the media, though reflecting public opinion on the situation, does not tell all the story- Channel Two News Anchor Ron Stone holds differing views about how media gathers and distributes information. After all, he does have some thirty years in the business. Stone describes his version of the television media. "What was a big news story a few months ago is no longer a big news story. The Iran-Contra scandal is no longer a a big news story . . . half the people can't tell you who ran for president in '88. It seemed so important at the time . . . There were all those democrats and all those republicans running . . . news changes. Now the question that goes on in newsrooms is how do you change? How do you successfully change as the times are changing? And how do you avoid POP- Journalism just because it appears that it's the thing to do." Changes are a necessary evil, according to Stone. TV journalism needs to change but how should it change and what does it need to change to? "I think what you (the media) have to do is keep delivering out the facts of basic things that people ought to know about, based on what you think they ought to know about," according to tors think the subject is real news. Thereby they dictate what we see and hear, thus creating the issues that you and I talk about over a cup of coffee. Stone discourages this view by explaining why TV operates differently than other press. "The New York Times says it prints all the news thats fit to print . . . ," said Stone. "Well, a television station gives you all the news it happens to know about and A Field Producer's versatility is visible on Election Night at the Brown Convention Center. Stone. Theorists in the field of Speech & Communication call what Mr. Stone has described a version of the Agenda Setting Theory of Communication. Agenda setting occures when the news departments determine what is the news by virtue of whether the news direc- has pictures of at that particular time. We don't give you any more than that, because we don't know any more than that. And we don't pretend to know any more than that. But sometimes we worry more about getting a rat- ing than about the news." Many people agree that ratings affect the news. Detrimentaly, Stone feels that news time should be used to greater effect. "Let's take the two and a half minutes (average news story length) and put some information in it rathe- than something that appears as nostalga to the viewers." However, Stone did speak very favorable of the new look for the Scene at Five, a show which attempts to give the lighter side of the news. According to Stone, it's not always necessary to give the bad news all the time, but it is necessary to separat■ and classify the news sd that people have a better understanding of their world. "News is cyclical," according to Stone, "It flows in patterns." "We'll go along with something like the Scene at Five for a few years then we'll go bac < to something like we had before." "I feel that we (the media) should do a lot more locally ... if television news is going to be a pr - mary source of informs - tion as opposed to news," said Stone, "And there's a difference between the two." "Then the information that we're going to give aught to be infor mation that the people can use. ► Allen Manning 288 ■ Issues