Missouri J-school Experiences Reality TV

On Friday Sept. 23, Linda Blue Bell of Entertainment Tonight, Jim Berger of High Noon Entertainment, Lance Heflin of LHelflin Filmworks and Jon Murray of Bunim/Murray Productions joined the Missouri School of Journalism in a symposium about the connections of reality and entertainment television and how they are connected journalism, news and the media.

Interesting perspective on how reality tv platform can translate to local news from #MUrealTV
AlexGrace19
September 23, 2011

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Even though the world of entertainment and reality TV can sometimes be a stretch from local news, the guests of the symposium assured the audience that basic journalism skills are what will get you far in any field. 
"You have to have the fire, to want the story." – @ExecProdLinda #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
"You always want to be first, but you never want to be wrong." – @ExecProdLinda #MUrealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
"The rules are changing." – @ExecProdLinda on knowing how to do everything #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
One of the most interesting parts was hearing Blue Bell discuss her job as ET’s executive producer. 
Linda Bell Blue’s biggest challenge as executive producer? Managing her budget and staff. #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
"To ensure a shows success is to promote it. I think the best place to promote a show is within the show." – @ExecProdLinda #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
"In every news organization, you’re either having the slowest time ever or there’s so much exciting news going on." @ExecProdLinda #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
% of women in behind-the-scenes roles (directors, writers, executive producers, etc) has declined. Learn more http://t.co/AA9FsU46 #MUrealTV
mizzourealitytv
September 23, 2011
"I only produce shows with pretty people." – Jon Murray #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
Heflin: Escalate beyond real relationships, and it’s no long reality TV. #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
"Reality television is a growth market. There’s an insatiable demand for programming." – Jim Berger #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
"It’s strange- you call them characters, even though they’re real people." – Jon Murray #MURealTV
bricesander
September 23, 2011
@MizzouRealityTV sent out this video for more education on the reality TV business. 
Reality TV Business

Video : Mark Cronin (Founder & Producer) gives expert video advice on: What makes a good reality TV producer? and more. Reality TV Production.

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Remembering 9/11

Ten years ago, I remember waking up and turning on the radio as a part of my normal morning routine. I was 11 years old and understand what was being said on the radio, but didn’t quite grasp the true importance of this event. For some reason I felt like this was important enough to tell my mom, so I ran into her room and told her while she was getting ready for work. My family and I lived in Arizona so by the time we all woke up, most of the events were just beginning.

I continued with my normal routine and before I got in the car, I saw some footage on the TV of the World Trade Center. My grandma drove my brother and me to school, but when we arrived staff and faculty were in the parking lot, telling parents and students to go home and spend time with their family. Looking back, I really do not see how big this attack was, but everyone else around me did. I knew people died and New York City was a mess with the destruction of the towers. I didn’t realize the history and background of the attacks and why it happened.

Now I am 21 years old and I can’t help but look back on the effect 9/11 has on my life and my the lives of those in my generation. As time went on after September 11, I began to understand more, as the world and media put an emphasis on conflicts with Middle East. That time from middle school to high school is drastic and I think 9/11 changes how we all live and how we grew up.

When I think about how far the nation has come, I think about the affect 9/11 has had on my generation. When the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden earlier this year, hundreds of college students gathered in the streets of Mizzou’s Greek town to celebrate the death of someone who brought pain to their country. It was fascinating for me to see this and how so many young people rejoiced at this death. I didn’t know if I should be happy, sad, grateful, or feel nothing because I am journalist. But my generation has grown up with a constant focus of the United States in the Middle East and Bush’s “War on Terror.” I’m interested to keep watching my generation as we grow older and how this shapes news and the audience.

Today, at KOMU-TV, I travelled to Jefferson City to cover a 9/11 parade, where children, families and veterans gathered to commemorate those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and those who are still protecting the freedoms of America.