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Today's word on journalism

Monday, October 22, 2007

Can't Scare the Old Gray Lady:

"Good journalism for an intelligent general audience is hard. And we’re really good at it. Taking on The Times is not as easy as waving a credit card and proclaiming yourself 'fair and balanced. . . .' We have every reason to feel confident that we can hold our own if [Rupert] Murdoch decides to build The Journal beyond its business-reader base. In all the Murdoch parlor-gaming, I don’t hear anyone suggesting that he would attempt to match the depth of our coverage in culture, science, education, health, religion, sports, lifestyle, etc., etc. Not to mention business coverage that even devout Journal readers find they can't afford to miss."

-- Bill Keller, editor, New York Times, on Murdoch's promised Wall Street Journal challenge to Times national dominance, Oct. 16, 2007


UPR going digital by end of the year

By Riki Richards

September 6, 2007 | Utah Public Radio (UPR) has been informed it will receive grants allowing the Logan-based station to start broadcasting in a digital signal.

UPR has been approved for two grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that will total about $85,000 each, said Cathy Ives, general manager of Utah Public Radio. She said one of the grants will be for KUSU and the other will be for KUSR, which are the two translators that serve Cache Valley. The grants require a match for half of the total amount. The Associated Students of Utah State University (ASUSU) provided the match, which will be about $20,000 now and about $20,000 later, said Ives.

When all of the paperwork is completed, Ives said UPR will be able to use three additional streams for separate broadcasts as well as continue its regular broadcasting in analog signal.

She said the first stream, HD1, will be the same programming now broadcast on KUSU and KUSR, which is news in the morning, classical music at midday and news in the evening. The second new stream, HD2, will be "counter programming" for the first stream, said Ives. It will include classical music in the morning, news during midday and classical music again in the evening, she said.

The third stream, HD3, will be a student-run broadcast that, Ives said, is something students have been wanting for a long time but haven't been able to afford. She said a basic radio course, "Special Topics: Radio," is being taught this fall in the department of journalism and communication at Utah State.

Ives said she hopes the paperwork will be finished and the station will be able to start broadcasting by the beginning of next year. The only way will to pick up the digital broadcasts is through an HD radio.


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