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Behind the Scenes in Local News Coverage with Alan Carter of CBS2/KCAL9

CBS News personality Alan Carter joins the set this week to discuss some of the distinctions that separate local news reporting from other journalism.
Alan is an exhilarating commentator that can make any topic enthralling. We discuss the Wisconsin recall election, the hierarchy of color and coverage, social media’s impact on reporting, and the relationship between Obama, Hollywood and the gay community.

Guest Bio

Veteran journalist and writer Alan Carter joined the CBS 2/KCAL 9 web team in October 2005.
Prior to working for the duopoly, Alan was a staff writer and reporter/correspondent/columnist/critic for many magazines and newspapers including Entertainment Weekly, People, TV Guide, Soap Opera Digest (where he was also Los Angeles bureau chief) and the New York Daily News. Alan was also one of the first on-air reporters hired for the syndicated show “Extra.”
Alan also has extensive freelance magazine and online credits including CBS’ WATCH!, TV Guide, EW.com, Trivialpursuit.com, Essence, Vibe, USA Weekend, Television Week, Emmy, Redbook and the Philadelphia Enquirer, to name just a few.
Alan has also been a TV writer with credits on “The Soap Opera Awards,” a variety of clip shows for Soap Net and Fox, and “Guiding Light Turns 60!” for CBS Radio. Alan has also co-authored a book on TV’s “The Real World.”
Also in TV, Alan has been a freelance segment producer on several shows, most notably “TV’s 100 Most Memorable Moments”, a co-production from TV Land and TV Guide, and CBS’ “The Early Show.” And Alan has been on the other side of the camera as a talking head interview subject for “Inside Edition” and a host of other syndicated talk and magazine shows.

Episode Breakdown

00:01 Media Mayhem Introduction
00:59 Welcoming Alan Carter, journalist extraordinaire and game show contestant.
03:24 The Story of the Week: The Wisconsin Recall and political polls.
08:18 Political attack ads and competing with propaganda.
11:39 The cannibal trend and the water cooler discussion that makes the media work.
13:36 Scott Walker and the superpac influence on the vote.
14:41 Political polls and the media, “Dewey Defeats Truman.”
16:23 Covering crime stories and the audience for everything.
18:51 Being dismissive of stories in high crime populations.
21:55 National News racial hierarchy of coverage.
23:48 Determining the authenticity of publicly sourced video and audio.
25:57 The elements that make a lead story.
26:45 Coverage of the Trayvon Martin story.
29:31 Would you cover the story if it hadn’t had the emotional elements?
30:36 Does social media point to news stories? The Billy Joel controversy.
32:14 Local news and local elections.
33:07 Covering political corruption and getting access.
35:40 The Mayhem Round.
36:23 The pros and cons of Obama’s latest celebrity tour.
40:01 Is Obama’s tie to the gay community genuine?
43:43 Does celebrity news have a rightful place on local news?
46:32 Thanks and Goodbye!

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Guest Bio

Veteran journalist and writer Alan Carter joined the CBS 2/KCAL 9 web team in October 2005.
Prior to working for the duopoly, Alan was a staff writer and reporter/correspondent/columnist/critic for many magazines and newspapers including Entertainment Weekly, People, TV Guide, Soap Opera Digest (where he was also Los Angeles bureau chief) and the New York Daily News. Alan was also one of the first on-air reporters hired for the syndicated show “Extra.”
Alan also has extensive freelance magazine and online credits including CBS’ WATCH!, TV Guide, EW.com, Trivialpursuit.com, Essence, Vibe, USA Weekend, Television Week, Emmy, Redbook and the Philadelphia Enquirer, to name just a few.
Alan has also been a TV writer with credits on “The Soap Opera Awards,” a variety of clip shows for Soap Net and Fox, and “Guiding Light Turns 60!” for CBS Radio. Alan has also co-authored a book on TV’s “The Real World.”
Also in TV, Alan has been a freelance segment producer on several shows, most notably “TV’s 100 Most Memorable Moments”, a co-production from TV Land and TV Guide, and CBS’ “The Early Show.” And Alan has been on the other side of the camera as a talking head interview subject for “Inside Edition” and a host of other syndicated talk and magazine shows.

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