Category Archives: Journalism

A Decision (Musings on Relocating, Jobs, Etc.)

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When I graduated in May, I made a decision. I made a decision to relocate to New York City. I’ve found this is not a decision to go into lightly, and to be honest, I’ve be doing more prep work than anything else.

Some readers will think I’m crazy. Others will have questions. Am I going into this with my eyes open? Yes.

I too, have had some fanciful notions, a not uncommon occurrence with those who want to move to New York.  The bright lights, the people. Yes, the urge to go eastward beckons, but my Not to long ago, I found myself musing about a brownstone in Harlem. A very expensive prospect indeed, but one I think is possible.

So far, I have been applying to jobs with eye toward relocation, and then focusing on journalism jobs once relocated. I’ve decided to mix this up. I’m now applying to jobs that pertain to what I want to to do, in particular 24-hour news.  To give you an idea of where I’m applying are Patch.com (where I freelance here in St. Louis…I speak more about this in a later blog), News 12 Networks (in particular Bronx and Queens), NY1, and FiOS1.  I’m applying to jobs in print journalism as well.

To be honest, I’m in the stage of my career where I’m working on transitioning my resume from a college-media based one to a professional one. I suppose it could be rightly called a pro-sumer resume.

One of the things I’ve been keeping an eye on is the rental market in New York. I’ll confess to getting a surprise on rent. The average rent in NYC for a 1 bedroom or studio could easily garner you a reasonably sized house, so I’ve modified my approach on this as well. I’m looking chiefly at sublet rentals.  I don’t take up much space,  plus I’ll be helping a new arrival like myself.

I haven’t gotten in touch with the alumni office in NYC yet, but will soon. Even though I feel confident on my ability to familiarize myself with my surroundings quite quickly (I pride myself on an almost encyclopedic knowledge of St. Louis), I’ll need about a month or more to familiarize myself with a city that is smaller than St. Louis County, but has nearly 12 times as many people as the City of St. Louis.

Worry not. I like a  challenge. There will be more blog entries like these (some with video) over the next few months, as I try to navigate the process. You can also follow my progress through MySomeday.com

WCBS’s Megan Glaros is coming to WBBM

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Chicago–Lewis Lazarre of the Chicago Sun Times is reporting that meteorologist Megan Glaros, who was most recently seen on New York’s WCBS is coming to Chicago to join fellow WCBS alums Steve Bartelstein and Kate Sullivan.

This comes as WBBM shuffles it anchoring lineup and replaces the low-rated “Monsters and Money in the Morning,” CBS2’s attempt to strike a different chord in morning news programs. Lazarre says that Glaros was interested in making the move back to Chicago, where she graduated from Indiana University. She will most likely end up on new, and probably traditional CBS2 morning news progam.

WBBM has been making a lot of changes with the announcement of local news legends Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson returning to Chicago airwaves to anchor the 6pm news, with Kate Sullivan joining Rob Johnson for the 5 and 10 pm newscasts.

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KSDK’s Mike Garrity to WMUR in New Hampshire

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St. Louis–Mike Garrity, one of the assignment reporters at KSDK is leaving for the East Coast to New England to work for WMUR the powerhouse Hearst ABC affiliate in Manchester New Hampshire, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Deb Peterson.

Peterson reports that “Garrity, who has been with KSDK-TV (Channel 5) since 2007, said he believes his last day here will be Sept. 11 and that he is scheduled to start work in New Hampshire on Sept. 20.” Garrity told Peterson that he wanted to live closer to his family.

Congrats to Mike.

Send your messages to his twitter account @MSGarrity

WCBS Alum Steve Bartelstein comes to WBBM

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Chicago–Steve Bartelstein, who has seen his share of controversies at WABC and WCBS in New York is transitioning from the Big Apple to the city of broad shoulders, Chicago, reports Robert Feder. Feder reports Bartelstein was

“was once fired from WABC-TV for sleeping through a news update, and later quit WCBS-TV, saying he felt “tired of this place not appreciating me for what I do for them.”’

Bartelstein joins Kate Sullivan, also of WCBS.  The reason for so much talent from New York?  Dave Friend is the former News Director at WCBS, and current VP of news operations at WBBM.

Feder thinks that Bartelstein might be headed for “Monsters and Money in the Morning,” WBBM’s response to a traditional 5 to 7 am newscast.

Read more here.

Is Victoria Recano gone at KTLA?

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Los Angeles — The TVSpy message boards are atwitter at the removal of St. Louis-native Victoria Recano’s picture and bio removal from Tribune’s KTLA’s website. KTLA is a sister station to KPLR in St. Louis.

Recano, 34, started her TV career in St. Louis as part of Team 11 at KPLR-TV at the age of 15. then owned by Koplar Communications.  She later worked as reporter at KPLR.  Her picture on KTLA’s site has been replaced with KDNL-alum Derrin Horton. More after the break.

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SPJ Region 7 Conference

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Omaha, NE — I’ll have a full write-up later today, but I’m at the Region 7 Society for Professional Journalists Region 7 Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. I’ve been tweeting throughout the day at twitter.com/kjohnson04.

So follow my tweets here in Omaha and later on today before and after the flight back to St. Louis.

Former KMOV’er Anne State Out at WBBM

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Ann State

Anne State

Chicago–Remember Anne State? The former reporter/anchor who worked at KMOV from 2000 to 2002 was released at the end of her contract last week. Her last on-air date was on Thursday, 23 March, reports Robert Feder on his blog.

State was hired by WBBM from KNSD in San Diego to replace outgoing anchor Diann Burns in an anchor shake-up instituted by former GM Joe Ahern. She was paired with anchor Rob Johnson for the 6 and 10pm newscasts until last year, when her duties were cut back to the 6pm. Rob Johnson still anchors 5, 6 and 10pm editions of CBS 2 News solo.

In a brief statement released Friday, Jeff Kiernan, vice president and news director at Channel 2, said:

“We appreciate Anne’s contributions and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Huda Back on St. Louis Airwaves…at KMOV

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Jasmine Huda

Jasmine Huda

St. Louis–KSDK alum Jasmine Huda will back on the airwaves at KMOV-TV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis. Huda left KSDK at the end of her contract back in January after an agreement could not be reached.  Huda will offiically join the News4 St. Louis team in a couple of weeks, but will not be on the air until August 1, when her no-compete ends. Until then, she’ll be off-air as a producer.

From the Post Dispatch’s Deb Peterson:

Channel 4 insiders say Huda, 31, will become a reporter, probably in the 10 p.m. time slot, and will also be a fill-in anchor.Allan Cohen, general manager of KMOV, said he was pleased the station was able to negotiate a deal with Huda. He noted that she is not replacing anyone at the station and is an addition to the staff.

“We’re absolutely delighted that she’s decided to join our station,” Cohen said. “But she really made me feel old when I found out that she had been in the same high school class (Ladue High) as my daughter, Stacie.”

My take: KSDK keeps allowing good talent to leave; Huda will be an immense asset to KMOV. She proved repeatedly while at KSDK she’s a solid reporter.  Glad she stayed in town, and she’ll round out the reporting and anchor team at KMOV nicely.