On being late on the Yellowstone quake story

The Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park (Ben Pierce/Chronicle)

This tweet met me when I opened up the Twitter this morning: Today's sign of the newspaper apocalypse: YNP's 4.8 earthquake occurred 24 hrs ago, and still no word from the @bozchron — The Bozeman Magpie (@bozemanmagpie) March 31, 2014 It seems there was an earthquake in Yellowstone over the weekend, the biggest in three… Continue reading On being late on the Yellowstone quake story

A missed reporting opportunity

It must be sweeps week or close to it because the news stations in town are kicking it into high gear with special assignments and more reporting than normal.* My favorites: Who ends up paying for the county’s search and rescue operations? The answer, unsurprisingly: county taxpayers.) A local church speaks out about a handwritten… Continue reading A missed reporting opportunity

The ethics of a TV reporter’s “undercover” bus ride

It all started, as so many things do these days, with a tweet. This morning I went undercover on a school bus in Gallatin County. Why? Find out on the ABC Montana News at 5:30… http://t.co/ELOuQAsdHJ — Cody Butler (@CodyABCFOXMT) January 16, 2014 The post comes from Cody Butler, a reporter at our local ABC/Fox… Continue reading The ethics of a TV reporter’s “undercover” bus ride

More on so-called ‘common law’ grand juries

Frankly, I’m disappointed in myself this morning. At our newsroom meeting today, two of our reporters made some solid points about a story we ran on the front page of the paper — points we as editors should have brought up before the story ran. The story is about an effort by a woman in… Continue reading More on so-called ‘common law’ grand juries

Trust in newspapers hits all-time low

Short post tonight. A recent Gallup poll shows that, once again, [fewer people than ever measured before have a high level of trust in newspapers](http://rdd.me/ftf9n7ij). A total of 23 percent of Americans polled said they had a high level of trust in newspapers. The number has declined steadily since 1979, when the number was 51… Continue reading Trust in newspapers hits all-time low

The quotable Brian Schweitzer

The website Roll Call published an entertaining interview with former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today that’s making the rounds online. Judging by my past experience with Schweitzer on the handful of times I spoke with him, reporter Kyle Trygstad quoted the governor accurately. The whole interview is worth a read, but I thought I’d exerpt… Continue reading The quotable Brian Schweitzer

More NBC Montana ethics issues

I’m talking local journalism ethics again today, and once again the discussion is prompted by an NBC Montana reporter. And, once again, that reporter is Lauren Maschmedt. This time, it was [Maschmedt’s report](http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Honors-event-to-recognize-achievement-of-Bozeman-women/-/14594602/19372020/-/5i46hg/-/index.html) on a local meeting of the Bozeman Business and Professional Women and its honors program, which gives awards to outstanding women. Guess… Continue reading More NBC Montana ethics issues

NBC Montana reporter inserted into chain of evidence

**Update:** Since originally publishing this post, another link has surfaced to [the full report](http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Missing-Anaconda-woman-s-ID-found-in-Clark-Fork-River/-/14594602/19161704/-/106l8tvz/-/index.html), written by Maschmedt herself. Apparently the Will Wadley story was only a brief waiting for the full report. Indeed, the link to the Wadley verison now takes you to Maschmedt’s story. And what do we learn in the full story? Contrary… Continue reading NBC Montana reporter inserted into chain of evidence

News station sends press release saying it’s doing news

We got a press release today from the local NBC affiliate, KTVM, promoting an upcoming special report it will air next week on guns in America. The series will air at all five Bonten Media Group stations across the country and will cover topics ranging from the Second Amendment to mental health. Each of the… Continue reading News station sends press release saying it’s doing news

Do newspaper endorsements matter?

On Sunday and again in today’s paper, the Chronicle published on its opinions page the paper’s political endorsements for this election year. The [first set of endorsements](http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/article_ef1e405e-115e-11e2-9c86-001a4bcf887a.html?soc=ef1e405e-115e-11e2-9c86-001a4bcf887a) covered statewide races, such as the U.S. House of Representatives, Attorney General and Public Service commission. The [second set](http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/article_0bd652fc-12ec-11e2-9331-001a4bcf887a.html?soc=0bd652fc-12ec-11e2-9331-001a4bcf887a) dealt with House and Senate races for the state… Continue reading Do newspaper endorsements matter?