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  • The creation of a news story

    The creation of a news story

    A day in the life of Newsday‘s Mike Waldman On assignment for THE 90’s, Washington correspondent Eddie Becker spent a day with Myron “Mike” Waldman, correspondent for Newsday‘s Washington Bureau, as he went about his job. Waldman’s assignment that day was a story about a bill for the extension of unemployment benefits, and while it may not be the most sensational topic, it provides a unique look into the day-to-day life of a journalist at the time, even when it’s … Continue reading

  • [Chicago Reader #4]

    [Chicago Reader #4]

    Interview with Neil Tesser and Pat Clinton at the Chicago Reader. Continue reading

  • The RNC TV show: 40 years ago

    The RNC TV show: 40 years ago

    It was 1972… the first time anyone other than commercial networks were able to produce video tape on the floor of the convention. Alternative video pioneers TVTV, armed with portapaks, turned their cameras on TV news journalists who explained how the whole event was a heavily orchestrated show for the cameras.   So, what else is new? Meet The Press at the 1972 Republican National Convention 3 ratings 2,360 views Watch the full version of TVTV’s full 1972 guerrilla television … Continue reading

  • Mike Wallace (1918-2012) on interviewing the Ayatollah

    Mike Wallace (1918-2012) on interviewing the Ayatollah

    We wanted to honor the life and career of journalist Myron “Mike” Wallace (1918-2012). Two tapes in our archive feature Wallace telling the story of one of the defining moments of his career: his interview with the Ayatollah Khomeini during the Iran hostage crisis. One of the tapes is a 1985 program by camcorder pioneer and video artist Skip Blumberg called “Interviews with Interviewers… About Interviewing” (also featuring interviews with Susan Stamberg, Studs Terkel, and Barbara Walters). The other is … Continue reading

  • Chicago Reader, 1983

    Chicago Reader, 1983

    As the Chicago Reader celebrates its 40th anniversary, here’s a look back at the paper in 1983, including interviews with then-Publisher and Editor Robert Roth and then-Assistant Editor Michael Miner. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06_hNo-VmAM] If you haven’t already checked it out, don’t miss the Reader’s own retrospective and specifically, Miner’s fascinating recollection.

  • Studs On A Soapbox

    Studs On A Soapbox

    A study of colorful Chicago author, radio personality, and raconteur Studs Terkel. The program contains footage of Terkel from the 1950s through 2000, when he was 89 years old. Terkel expounds on various topics such as work, art, media, himself, his political views, his family, and his colleagues. Continue reading

  • Interviews With Interviewers… About Interviewing (2003 edit)

    Interviews With Interviewers… About Interviewing (2003 edit)

    This tape features a 2003 edit of “Interviews With Interviewers… About Interviewing” by Skip Blumberg. High profile interviewers Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Studs Terkel, and Susan Stamberg talk about their own specific interviewing styles, the complexities of the interview process, and why they do what they do. We also hear from psychoanalyst Dr. Joel Kovel and police interrogator Sean Grennan about their skills as interviewers and how they interact with interview subjects. Blumberg gets very honest responses (a tribute to his own interviewing skills) and manages to provide a fascinating look at why we like interviews, how they differ from normal conversations, and the psychological impact on both parties. Continue reading

  • [Voices of Cabrini raw: Flynn McRoberts]

    [Voices of Cabrini raw: Flynn McRoberts]

    Raw video shot for “Voices of Cabrini.” Shot between 1995-1999, it documented the Cabrini Green redevelopment project proposed and carried out by the City of Chicago. This video features an interview with Chicago Tribune journalist Flynn McRoberts. Continue reading