While We Were Out…

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The news doesn’t stop when the world takes a break for the holidays, so we want to catch you up on some things you may have missed last week.

Let’s start out with a positive view of the future of journalism.

Paul Bass, the creator, heart and soul of the New Haven Independent and its low power radio station WNHH, says he views the times we are in as “the golden age of journalism.” Many disagree. It is easy to predict that before the year is out we will publish many much more negative assessments. But Bass believes there has never been a better time to merge the traditions of journalism with new technologies to deliver the news in various ways.

Indeed the pandemic has been the worst and best of times for journalism. Many legacy news organizations resorted to deep cuts in personnel and some closed. At the same time, dozens of local news shops were started in 2021.

Over the Christmas weekend Ayah Galal became the first woman in hijab to anchor a local newscast in Connecticut. It was also Ayah’s first time anchoring at WFSB.

Matt Buckler of the Journal Inquirer used the occasion of the Ray Dunaway’s retirement from WTIC-AM, to take a walk through the history of Hartford radio morning men.

ICYMI – The Daily Beast has confirmed the state of New York Department of Labor is investigating a gender discrimination complaint made by former Fox News host Melissa Francis(WFSB). Francis was pulled out of the Fox line-up, without explanation, in 2019 and has been off air ever since. The news here is the confirmation of the investigation, not the dispute itself.

If you have to work on Christmas Eve…

We spotted this heart warming photo on Twitter. Former Connecticut TV talent Lorenzo Hall(Fox 61) and Kaitlyn McGrath(NBC CT) now paired at WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C.