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Connecting at UMC

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Folks are milling around here at the Food, Fuel, and Society Conference, drinking coffee, and chowing down on some breakfast bagels and fruit.

So far, I’ve met Donna Vestal, editor of Harvest Public Media. Harvest is a consortium of six member stations focusing on issues related to agriculture. They’re brand new. Only a few months old, according to Vestal. They’re working with a small staff on a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Their two-year goal is to be self-sufficient. Their goal at this conference is to make connections and build their mission for reporting in the future. Check out their Facebook page.

I’ve also met Dave Swenson, an economist from the University of Iowa. He’ll be at this morning’s breakout session, “Biofuels or Bust.” (Still time to get your questions in, *nudge* *nudge*.) Swenson said he plans to talk about some of the problems in developing biofuels. Basically, he said, even though develop seems to be moving forward in states, including Kentucky, innovation is stagnant.

Looking forward to meeting new people and bringing back some good ideas to the WKMS newsroom.

You can watch this morning’s sessions (including the keynote with Ira Flatow) and check out the live blog here.

Written by Angela Hatton

October 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

Let’s Get Ready to Conference

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Greetings from Columbia! The city is a busy college town with hip shops and trendy restaurants, but outside the city the rolling farmland isn’t that much different from western Kentucky. And the local NPR station, KBIA’s call letters? 91.3. I’m right at home.

Tomorrow is the Food, Fuel, and Society Conference. There’s still time to send me some questions about biofuel and immigrant farm labor. For example, one thing I’ve heard so far is that E-85 fuel seems to burn faster than traditional gasoline. So, the question is are ethanol-makers are aware of that, and are other biofuels (like switchgrass) better as gasoline replacements?

P. S. If you’re ever in Columbia, check out India House for some good Indian food in generous portions.

WKMS likes the food of India.

Written by Angela Hatton

October 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

WKMS Goes to Missouri

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Today I’ll be celebrating Columbus Day by driving to Columbia, Missouri, for the Food, Fuel, and Society Conference at University of Missouri, Columbia’s Reynolds Institute for Journalism. Now that’s a mouthful.

Ira Flatow, the host of NPR’s  Science Friday is the featured guest speaker at tomorrow’s conference. The focus will be better practices in agriculture reporting.  It’s not just plowing and planting, people. I’ll be talking to other reporters, farmers, professors, and analysts. And you can participate too. Here’s how:

I’ll be attending two panel discussions. One on bio-fuels, and the other on immigrant farm labor. If you’ve got a question you’d like me to ask, leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post.

To find out more about what’s new in the world of agriculture, visit Harvest Public Media’s Facebook page.  You can follow them on Twitter too.

Hey, WKMS is on Facebook and Twitter too!

More later from the Show-Me State!

Written by Angela Hatton

October 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

Photos from Vegas are here

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As promised, here is just one of the photos from WKMS’s trip to Vegas. It was a very informative, very fun trip.

Follow this link to see the rest of the album.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

October 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

Headed back to the Bluegrass

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Bec FeldhausAfter a few days in a place designed to trap you inside, I’m happy to find my way out and start the journey back home to Kentucky.

The convention was informative, social and overall a very enjoyable time. One noticeable thing though, is the higher number of those from the western part of the country. Though many people didn’t know where our listening area was before this convention, they sure do now! At least a few.

This post wraps up the blogging for now. Check back to the Front Blog to see pictures of the WKMS bumper sticker out and about in Vegas.

See you back in the Four Rivers Region very soon.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

October 6, 2010 at 10:59 am

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Last post for the business day

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Bec FeldhausIt was a whirl-wind day of training sessions and I’m spent – educated, but spent.

On the docket this evening: showing the WKMS sticker around town to put with the traveling WKMS sticker photos, soon to come. Then to see a show. Tonight are the closing ceremonies and tomorrow I fly back to Kentucky.

Though I’ve enjoyed the time here, I look forward to getting back to news in the Four Rivers Region.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

October 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Voila, a Western Kentucky connection

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Bec FeldhausRight now I’m in a session about the News Gear that will enhance the story. Gear as means to an end. The professor and leader? Dr. Kerry Northrup, a very new professor of multi-media to Western Kentucky University.

I knew there would be someone from the Commonwealth.

Back from lunch and ready to learn.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

October 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Asking the tough questions

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Bec FeldhausThis session is “The Art of the Interview.”

At WKMS we cover issues that affect the Four Rivers Region and the better questions we ask, the more complete news we can bring you. After listening to Rob Curley with the Las Vegas Sun, I have a lot of great inspiration to bring back to Murray.

I’m not the only newsie on the move. Reporter Angela Hatton heads off for a training session in Missouri next week. We never stop our education so your news can be the most cutting-edge, informative content it can be.

How far will WKMS go bring you better news? Well let’s put it this way. Reporters have been to Paris, TN, Paris, France and the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, and that’s just this year.

Looking forward to a lunch break and then back to training!

Off to a show tonight. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

October 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm

These reporters have been everywhere, man

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Bec FeldhausGood morning from Sin City.

Just finished a session on networking and the art of the resume. Participants had the chance to practice introducing themselves to past presidents of the Society of Professional Journalists. It was a very enlightening session.

Here’s a picture of my adventure to the Bellagio. The ceiling is breath-taking.

Next, it’s off to listen to new media correspondent Rob Curley from right here in Las Vegas.

WKMS at the Bellagio!

Last night was fruitful. I saw the dancing fountains, played the slots (which are more complicated than one might thing) saw the Chihully glass in the Bellagio and galavanted around Caesar’s Palace. No Murray connections today, but I have high hopes.

Check back to the Front Blog and after the trip where I’ll show pictures of the traveling WKMS bumper sticker!

Thanks for coming along with me on my trip to Vegas. Many more updates to come.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

October 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Social Networks: The Safe Way

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One step closer to the Four Rivers Region. The current session includes thoughts from Mike Farrell with the University of Kentucky’s First Amendment Center. In the same state, that’s a start!

Also, during the Mark of Excellence awards luncheon, Murray State’s own Christopher Bryant won an award for best Public Service Announcement for the importance of the First Amendment. Another gentleman approached me after the ceremony and told me he was a proud Murray State University graduate. He now resides in Louisiana.

It’s not even 4pm here, and I’ve already found a few connections to WKMS. It bodes well for the tonight and tomorrow.

It’s almost time to test out some award-winning Vegas buffets. I’ll have a crab leg in your honor.

More to come.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

October 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm