You're up, troops.
What's your take on TV news, Sin City-style?
Rather than readers responding column by column, we're inviting comments on a wide range of topics about how TV news conducts itself. Select opinions will be printed in a future column (subject to editing for content and length) and many more posted at the Vegas Voice blog on the R-J website.
An e-mail address and phone number to leave responses are at the end of this column. You must provide your full name and phone number for verification purposes. Private phone numbers and addresses will not be printed or posted. But first and last names will be included in comments we share.
(As for anonymous online commentators: Anyone can spew poison, without the courage to stand behind his or her words, only the cowardice to hurl stink bombs and duck. At least within the confines of this column, those clinging to anonymity as cover for their vitriol will be ignored.)
Keep comments concise. Preference goes to those that are civil and thoughtful, not nasty and personal.
Comment on any aspect of TV news, but explain your opinions. Suggested topics:
Whose news do you like or dislike? Best and worst anchor teams? What type of stories should be done more often? Less often? Viewers complain about excessive crime coverage, but would you watch more stories about education, business, politics and economics? Who has the best mix of stories?
Does any station overdramatize the news? Does any station lean left or right, ideologically? Do you want to see analysts such as News-3's Jon Ralston or Channel 8's Steve Sebelius? Do you detect partisanship in their analysis? Do sports reports still interest you?
Weathercasts: Overdone or unfairly attacked? Amount of news: Enough, not enough, or too much? Given that this is Las Vegas, is there enough entertainment news? Would you like to see news scheduled at other hours? What's your favorite morning show? Should there be more or less national and international news?
What types of stories do and don't justify breaking into regular programming? Do you use station websites to read more about stories you've seen? Which on-air people do you admire? Which ones who've left Las Vegas do you miss?
Whose set, music and graphics are best? Who has the best slogan? Who does the most and least amusing "happy talk"? What running features do you like or dislike? Has news been racially balanced, interviewing people of various races equally in different types of stories? What are big news cliches?
Finally, which aforementioned subjects -- or any others -- should be addressed in Mediaology?
Below, the process begins.
Contact reporter Steve Bornfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0256.