Friday, May 11, 2007

40/29 News To Televise Town Hall Meeting on Immigration

Source: KHBS/KHOG Press Release Immigration draws passionate debate nationally and here at home.

Many argue that the rapid influx of Hispanic immigrants is damaging the traditional way of life in Arkansas. They question if Hispanics pay taxes, drive down wages or cause local schools to struggle. But is there any truth to these arguments? 40/29 News and The Morning News have researched the data, interviewed the experts and talked with locals on all sides of the issue to find out if the perceptions are reality.

40/29 News, in partnership with The Morning News, is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 to present many of the results of our findings and to open a discussion about the impact of immigration on our area. We have assembled a panel of experts who will take questions, many of which come from 40/29 News viewers and readers of The Morning News. “This is an excellent opportunity to open a dialogue on this vitally important topic in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Our hope is our viewers will walk away with a better understanding of immigration and how it impacts all of us.” said 40/29 News Director Mike Courington.

The Town Hall Meeting, Immigration: Perception v. Reality, will take place on Tuesday, May 15 6:30pm-7:00pm on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. The event will be broadcast on 40/29 News and streamed live on
www.4029tv.com

44 Comments:

At 8:19 PM, May 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog has featured nothing but Northwest Arkansas news all week. BORING!

 
At 8:44 PM, May 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This particular blogging is BORING! Why televise this?? Retarded.

 
At 8:47 PM, May 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been only news from NWA this week because the rest of the state is BORING.

Just move here and get over your jealousy,

 
At 9:11 PM, May 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go back to your coon hunting and hootnannies, Jethro. Ain't nobody jealous of you or your corner of the state.

 
At 10:24 AM, May 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only thing going in NW Arkansas is RAZORBACK stuff and illegal immigrants. What other news from that area is there?

 
At 11:18 AM, May 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aside from the whole "LR vs NWA" crap, I smell a ratings ploy for sweeps.

 
At 12:32 PM, May 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, BIG ploy. Town hall meeting ... ooooooh, EXCITING.

 
At 12:42 PM, May 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing new they've done this before. Boring!!! Maybe they could tell the public whether they are a Ft. Smith station or a NWA station.

 
At 1:57 PM, May 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing like an open forum for people to be able to air hate. it may be some what productive, but think about all the idiots who are just prejudiced. it will probably be a disaster.

 
At 9:00 PM, May 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pandering to them thats here under the wire, so to speak.

 
At 9:32 PM, May 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing like an open forum for people to be able to air hate. it may be some what productive, but think about all the idiots who are just prejudiced.

Hell, take a look at this place. The only non-negative comments that come from here are sexist comments about the female on-air talent.

 
At 6:52 AM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is it that LR stations beat NW Arkansas stations every time in the books?

 
At 11:46 AM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waht do you mean beat them? That don't compete against each other goof ball.

 
At 6:42 PM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have got to be a broadcast journalist since your spelling and grammer are terrible. Remember, you don't have to know how to spell to be a broadcast journalist.

 
At 7:41 PM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well don't even get me started on newspaper people. They are sorse than anyone.

 
At 8:09 PM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You have got to be a broadcast journalist since your spelling and grammer are terrible. Remember, you don't have to know how to spell to be a broadcast journalist."

So true -- especially in NORTHWEST ARKANSAS! OW! THAT'S GOTTA STING!

 
At 9:26 PM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are sorse than anyone.

Case closed.

 
At 9:27 PM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh don't pick on him. He was sdrunk.

 
At 9:56 PM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so stupid! It was a joke. I meant a foke. You remind me of the kid I was in 1st grade with three times.

 
At 11:11 PM, May 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet they wouldn't televise a town hall on helath care.

Way to exploit an issue that is used to play on people's fear and even some people's racism.

Pathetic journalism. Lowest common-denominator.

 
At 12:00 AM, May 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RNR to the guy with bad grammer and spelling.

 
At 12:31 AM, May 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You have got to be a broadcast journalist since your spelling and grammer are terrible."

"RNR to the guy with bad grammer and spelling."

G-R-A-M-M-A-R. Please get it right if you're going to belittle others for such mistakes.

 
At 10:11 AM, May 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LE MIGRE!!!!! LE MIGRE!!!!

 
At 11:14 AM, May 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a belittle,it's a praise. Go teach English in school or shut up!

 
At 12:23 PM, May 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just because he doesn't have a third leg like the chicken does.

 
At 1:20 PM, May 14, 2007, Blogger Banj said...

This is a worthwhile discussion. How many people participate here, does anyone know? Everyone is anonymous.

 
At 5:59 PM, May 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"G-R-A-M-M-A-R. Please get it right if you're going to belittle others for such mistakes."

Listen, I am a broadcast journalist. I dont have to no how to spell.

 
At 2:20 PM, May 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooooo, exciting stuff last night.
5 very busy people on the panel sandwiched between reporter packages and all in 30 mins. In depth? Wrong.

 
At 4:59 PM, May 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they could tell the public whether they are a Ft. Smith station or a NWA station.


Maybe they cover both, like they are supposed to

 
At 11:53 AM, May 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Mendoza married?

 
At 10:44 PM, May 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"oooooo, exciting stuff last night.
5 very busy people on the panel sandwiched between reporter packages and all in 30 mins. In depth?

You fail to realize the important cross promotion between the morning news and 40/29....all of the newspaper readers saw the 40/29 logo all week. It's all about perception...What did 5 or KNWA do, nothing! This is a huge issue across the area. This was actually a decent idea for the ratings book, you know, isues that impact the entire area. Whether or not you liked how it was produced, the cross promotion alone was worth it.

 
At 10:02 AM, May 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No offense, but these types of things never show so much as a blip in the ratings books. Sometimes they even cause a dip because people who aren't interested get sick to death from hearing about it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it shouldn't have been done. Stations should be involved in their communities from more than a stand up and wave standpoint.

But I wouldn't expect to see any kind of nudge in the Nielsen's from it. If it helps, it will be be as part of a larger plan that creates the impression that 40/29 is most attached to the community.

 
At 10:40 AM, May 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree....though it won't show a spike in the ratings, the perception is what counts. Just think about how many new people move to NW AR from other places across the country...they don't know who to watch, but events like this will allow them to at least sample the news product. The long range benefits are the key.

 
At 1:57 PM, May 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're on the same page. One of the real tragedies of modern broadcasting is that it has become so far removed from the community. Most of the things we do that we call "community service" amount to little more than lip service and a public appearance or two. I never thought I would say this, but I've almost become a believer in charging broadcasters to use the public airwaves. If it is all just a business now and we've forgotten the heart that made our industry great, then why not?

 
At 3:57 PM, May 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right....I also think that when an on air personality or station is genuine, and really backs a story/cause, it will pay dividens in the end. I think people are smart enough to know when somebody is doing something from the heart, or for some sort of personal gain.

 
At 4:47 PM, May 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely agree. It is too bad most people in our business can't see ourselves the way the viewers do. On the other hand, if we don't wake up soon the expanded competition for ad dollars in terms of cable channels, the internet, etc., will kill us off sooner or later.

The stations in NWA have argued back and forth here about who is number one, but if you combine all of their 10 p.m. numbers, total viewership equals only 21.8% of the available sets.

In other words, 78.2% of available sets vote "None of the Above."

 
At 6:36 PM, May 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that this market will be under 100 very soon, no surprise...so I really don't put much stock in this diary type of rating..let's see what happens when a metered rating system becomes established. Until that happens....now's the time to capitalize on new viewership..and as I said earlier, cross promotion is a great way to start.

 
At 9:31 PM, May 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nielsen is planning to put the top 120 markets on meters within the next 18 months, unless they've changed their minds.

The Fort Smith/NWA DMA has been growing by a couple of places each July, so it should be around 99 or 100 this year. It has gone from 107 to 102 in the last two years.

I know this will set off some of the NWA-only advocates, but the newest heavy residential growth in the market is actually taking place south of the tunnel in Crawford County where people can get a better deal and still travel only 30 minutes or so to work.

 
At 11:22 AM, May 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know where you get your informationbut I would like you to source that. As far as diaries go, I would'nt hold your breath.

 
At 2:49 PM, May 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nielsen announced last year that they planned to meter every market in America by 2011. Phase one would include Markets up to 120 and it was to be completed by 2007. After that, they would tackle markets 150+.

I'm not sure how the project stands today.

 
At 2:50 PM, May 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nielsen announced last year that they planned to meter every market in America by 2011. Phase one would include Markets up to 120 and it was to be completed by 2008. After that, they would tackle markets 150+.

I'm not sure how the project stands today.

 
At 6:38 PM, May 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nielsen has also promised for years to get more accurate with the diary placement. You would think for the money they charge they would be able to spend a little bit to get people to fill them out in the areas that would balance a market.

 
At 11:51 AM, May 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Mendoza from channel 40/29 married?

 
At 10:32 AM, May 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, considering the big raid I saw on last night's news, I'll give them a +1 for timing on this one.

 

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