WMTW Anchor Misses Her Shot
Tongue tied: On June 3, Meghan Torjussen was anchoring the late news on WMTW-TV in Portland and attempted to give the results of the NBA playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. Torjussen announced the contest had “just ended. It ended in a tie.”
For the record, NBA games don’t end in ties. If nobody has the lead at the end of regulation play, the two teams go to overtime. Which is what happened, with the Celtics eventually prevailing.
In the meantime, video of Torjussen’s flub went viral, and Channel 8’s reputation for irrelevance was further enhanced.
DIY reporting: The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is making it easier for anyone to do a little investigative journalism. The center has launched a new Web site called Be Your Own Watchdog, which provides links to a number of basic resources for examining issues dealing with Maine campaigns, politicians’ ethics, and legislation.
“We’re investigative reporters and we have lots of tools we use to find out things,” center co-founder John Christie said in a news release. “Be Your Own Watchdog is where we hand those tools over to you so you can figure out for yourself how our government works.”
A quick check of the sites available on BYOW indicates they’ll be useful to pros and amateurs, alike. Now, if only the center would expand the offerings beyond politics, making available similar collections of links for business, education, health care, and other areas of public interest.
Covering herself in glory: I’ve mentioned this before, but it deserves another hit. Morning Sentinel staff writer Amy Calder did an outstanding job of reporting on the issue of whether the city of Waterville should buy the newspaper’s office building for a new police station. Now that the question appears to have been settled in the negative, it’s worth noting that Calder was careful throughout the months-long process to provide a balanced presentation of the facts, including those that weighed against the city buying the building – and by extension, against her employer’s best interests.
Her editors also deserve accolades for playing her stories prominently – usually on the front page – and not trying to slant the coverage with misleading headlines.
This couldn’t have been an easy assignment for Calder – particularly during the period when the Sentinel’s parent company (MaineToday Media) was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and desperately needed the cash a sale would have brought. In spite of that added pressure, she handled the task with thoroughness, fairness, and professionalism.
Al Diamon can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.