MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- A few years ago I visited Dallas, Texas, and sat on the grassy knoll, the location from which some people believe a second gunman shot President Kennedy. I could see the Texas Book Depository, Elm Street was right in front of me, and the triple-overpass was just a short walk away. I walked by where Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club used to be, stopped at the Texas Theater where Oswald was arrested, and stood on the spot where the infamous picture of Oswald and his rifle may or may not have been taken.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- William Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein both talked about the value of a name, and they seemed to reach the same conclusion: not much value at all. It’s the attributes of the name, what it stands for, that really matters. Call it what you will, it’s the actual “thing” that really counts, not what you call it. So perhaps maybe it’s time to rethink what we mean by “journalism” and “newspaper.”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- Well, it's Halloween season. Time for trick-or-treat, time to get the be-jeebers scared out of yourself, and, if you believe Linus, time for the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the Pun'kin Patch. This is also as good a time as any to return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when radio was the theater of the mind, and the collective psyche of the nation had the wits scared out of it by Orson Wells, the Mercury Theater, and the War of the Worlds.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- Flip through the television dial and you'll find all sports, all the time. It seemed like just a few years ago all we had was a few minutes at the end of the evening news. Now we've got not just sports stories, but sports stations and indeed, entire sports networks. But I got to thinking just how far we've come, over the last several years, in terms of broadcast sports.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- One of the big questions we’ve had to deal with since the inception of the Internet is, “Who exactly is a journalist?”
We’re pretty sure correspondents for major news outlets count. What about freelance reporters? Or lately, what about so-called “I-reporters,” apparently anyone with a cell phone camera who happens to take a picture of a newsworthy, or sometimes not-so-newsworthy, event?