Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-10-191
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Tuesday they were No. 2, now they're No. l-WSC's debate team passes UCLA in rankings; will compete against UCLA this weekend. Friday, October 19, 1984 Weber State College Vol. 45 No. 6 20-year veteran 1 Anchorman Brings Spotlight To Weber by Stephanie DeGraw Senior Reporter "Watch the news with intelligence," urged Dick Nourse, KSL TV news anchor during Thursday's convocation. The moderate crowd in the Browning Center was treated to an in-depth view of television news by the 20-year veteran. Nourse cited accuracy vs. impression as the major challenge facing news organizations. "If news is only approximately correct, someone's image could be blown to bits," said Nourse. He said that a story on a newscast could come across as more serious than it really is. He cited as an example the story KSL aired on the Mountain Dell Dam. Originally, the story dealt with inspectors who were checking the dam merely as a precaution. As the story was placed as the lead in the newscast, it had a major impact, said Nourse. The graphics aired during the newscast labeled the dam as "unsafe." The angle the new reporter took on the story added to the sense of urgency. Nourse said that he received feedback that a lot of people "were worried that the dam would break. "We have an awesome task to be right the fist time," said Nourse. "We are not prosecutors, we try to explain events. We are on the right track, but we're not there yet." Some of the responsibility for the media's image falls on the shoulders of the public. "What you want to see, not what you need to see, is aired," said Nourse. He acknowledged that Utah is rapidly growing and is not in the best of shape. He explained there are now more drugs in the schools and there are many discipline problems. The divorce rate is cutting into the families. The streets are not as safe as they used to be. Nourse said that many people say the media stresses the negative side of life too much. "They (negatives) won't go away," Nourse said. "The public should call for more," he added. Expressing concern is not enough, according to Nourse, but it is our influence over the events that matters. "Like the newsman in the movie Networkget mad as hell and do something," he said. Relating to the college crowd, Nourse reminisced about his college days. Majoring in theater and minoring in journalism, he put himself through school by working as a DJ at a radio station. He said that, by the nature of their profession, newspeople must stay "in the middle of the road" and be objective. Nourse said that he enjoys speaking engagements, because they let him let off steam over issues that he personally feels strongly about. He toured Vietnam during the war and interviewed Utahns who were stationed over there. 'Vietnam was the grossest mistake we made," he said, "yet I have a high respect for the Vietnam vet. Throughout his life, he has been very active in service organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. He has served as the honorary chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Cancer Society. Nourse has had to battle cancer, which has helped to increase his already sensitive nature. He said he wished to publicly thank the many people that sent get well-cards. "It was my attitude and the support from many great people that helped me win over the cancer," Nourse said. Dick Nourse, KSL TV news anchorman, speaks with a student after Thursday's convocation. Nourse gave a Signpost photojeff Bybee presentation before a small audience of around 100 yesterday in the Browning Center. Plans Being Drafted For Channel 9 Station by Mark Spencer Staff Reporter Although Channel 9 is still in the formative stages, there are many people at Weber State that would like to see it become one of the major professional training programs for students enrolled in broadcasting and related disciplines. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission), has temporarily reserved Channel 9 for educational programming. Weber State, at the present, has the green light from the FCC to develop the station within a year or so. The idea is to have Channel 9, a public television station, operated by Weber State College as part of Utah's telecommunication system. This would provide training opportunities for students, delivering cost-effective journalism, supporting the academic programs of WSC and offering community service programming for Northern Utah. A proposed location for the transmitter is Mt. Vision, approximately 17 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The proposal has been approved by the FCC. The initial range of transmission would be 11,298 square miles, giving the clearest reception to the Ogden area,(both North and South), Layton, Roy, Clearfield, Bountiful and Brigham City. Dr. Sherwin Howard, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, feels that the need for the station is there, and Channel 9 must be activated now to allow time for program development and viewer interest to be assessed. Some community leaders feel that having a television station in the Ogden area would make the city more visible, and promote a positive community image.KBYU, Brigham Young University's campus station, has recently been transfered to the College of Fine Arts and Communication in a step to increase campus support of the station. Dean James Mason foresees the activation of Channel 9 as having little or no impact on KBYU's operations. On the other hand, University of Utah KUED staff members feel that Channel 9 is a potential deterrant of their station's funding sources. They feel that Channel 9 would erode commercial and private donar support, with lesser worry over the loss of federal and state support. Dean Howard said that there will be a pressing need for the station in several years, but Channel 9 must be activated now to allow time for program development.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-10-19, Vol. 45, No. 6|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|