Tonight: A Watershed Moment in Arkansas Journalism

If you keep up with this blog and other fine sites in Arkansas in you know that tonight is quite possibly the most important night in the History of Arkansas Journalism As We Know It.

Brummett's Weapon of Choice

Brummett's Weapon of Choice

Barring a plague of frogs, we plan to be at the Arkansas Press Association at 7 p.m. for the throwdown between KATV new media impresario Kristin Fisher and Arkansas News Bureau columnist/reporter/skeptic-in-chief John Brummett. They’ll be debating new media, the Intertubes and What It All Means for journos.

It’s all been leading up to this moment.

Although we’re unclear of tonight’s ground rules, we think it’d be fitting if Fisher’s responses were limited to 140 characters and Brummett had to typeset his unwieldy rants on a 19th century Linotype as sort of a metaphoric (and TV-friendly) representation of just what’s at stake here. The frenzied moment when Brummett inevitably spells dozens of lead, lettered blocks on the floor, Jenga-style, mid-composition would be worth the (free) price of admission alone.

Please tell me they’re serving booze.

See ya there!

(PS: KATV will stream the event live here.)

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6 Responses

  1. […] Lance Turner takes a stab at laying out some ground rules for tonight’s debate. I was hoping for more of a “Thunderdome” approach, but this will work, […]

  2. Oh, but wouldn’t it be more fun if Brummett were forced to limit to 140 characters and Kristin had to use the 19th century Linotype?

  3. Now we’re talking, Michael.

  4. I came away with a lot more respect for John than I expected to. While he’s taking the Crotchety Old Guard attitude toward the actual Choose Your News feature, I think he does have a pretty good idea of what the tools are capable of, at least.

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  6. […] Lance Turner takes a stab at laying out some ground rules for tonight’s debate. I was hoping for more of a “Thunderdome” approach, but this will work, too. Jason […]

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