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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Weatherman: Scientist or Journalist?

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Carter Evans is now with CNN. Here's an excerpt from a recent press release:

Correspondent Carter Evans will join CNN Newsource as a correspondent for “Money Matters,” a market-exclusive, multi-platform financial news service produced in conjunction with, it was announced today by Paul Crum, executive director of news operations, administration and affiliate services for CNN/U.S.

According to CNN polls, Americans consider the economy to be the most important issue affecting their lives today. CNN Newsource has marshaled expert resources to provide in-depth, customizable coverage of the economy for its affiliates, and Evans will offer markets specific information from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

“Carter is a smart business journalist with a diversified background in television and radio, both local and national,” Crum said. “The addition of Carter brings another well-rounded journalist to CNN Newsource, enabling us to give our affiliates around the nation the market news they want, when they want it and how they want it.”

For more information on Carter Evans, you can visit

CNN anchor T.J. Holmes interviews Morehouse College senior Travers Johnson on April 22 at the Atlanta University Center. Johnson was one of the winners ofthe Campus iReporter contest for the Black in America HBCU tour.
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CNN & NABJ have announced the winner to the Campus iReporter contest. Below is an excerpt from the press release and the winning iReport.

CNN, together with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), announced that Travers Johnson, a senior from Morehouse College in Atlanta, is the grand prize winner of CNN’s “Campus iReporter” contest. The contest ran in association with a tour of eight historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to promote CNN’s Black in America multiplatform programming initiative.

Johnson won a trip for two to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend for “To Be Young, Gifted and Black in America,” an iReport about whether it is a good time to be young and black in America.. His iReport was submitted through, CNN’s first uncensored, unfiltered, unedited, user-generated community Web site.

More than 11,500 students from eight HBCUs participated in the tour, which included Florida A&M, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T, Hampton University, Howard University and the Atlanta University Center, which includes Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges.

As part of the “Campus iReporter” contest, students from each school shared their firsthand accounts of the black experience through video, photo, audio or text submissions. NABJ chose one “Campus iReporter” from each school to win a digital video camera. Those winners were then eligible to submit additional footage to compete for the grand prize, also chosen by NABJ.

Reports about Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton's secret meeting last week caught Jon Stewart's attention & this was his response to CNN's coverage. (Brianna Keilar is featured in the clip.)

On Tuesday's CNN NewsRoom, we got to see her reaction to The Daily Show clip.

Thanks to Phebe & Cyn for the clips! recently did an interview with CNN's Rob Marciano. Below are a few of the great photographs and an excerpt from the article. To view the full interview, visit

How did you get into meteorology?

I've been a lifelong weather geek. I would drive my parents crazy. I knew exactly when every weather guy was on every channel, and I would switch back and forth trying to get them all. I learned early on that meteorology isn't an exact science—telling your teacher you didn't do your homework because the weatherman said it was going to snow doesn't really work.

Do you consider yourself more of a scientist or a journalist?

I studied meteorology in college at Cornell and struggled through all the math and physics prerequisites. When I'm not reporting on stories now, I'm getting the facts right, making sure everything is triple- and quadruple-checked. But in the end, we're telling stories on TV. I wouldn't go so far as to call it an art, but it's definitely a craft.

How did you decide you wanted to do weather in front of the camera?

I did a cost-benefit analysis—no, kidding. What I get to do, which my colleagues in science and governmental agencies don't, is have fun. It is fun to get on TV.

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