KBOO Evening News 2007 year in review
In 2007, the KBOO Evening News and Public Affairs Department has built up a large pool of ‘citizen reporters’ through a new training program, as well as developing a number of special programs.
We have greatly increased the number and quality of locally-produced news segments for daily newscast, and now have over fifty contributing reporters.
Trainings that have been developed through the PM News Department include:
Writing for Radio
The Department has also assisted in the development of curricula and trained trainers for other classes now being offered on a regular basis at KBOO. These include:
Intro to Audio
Voice and Mic
We held a wildly successful Newsroom open house on July 13th to facilitate dialogue between existing and new volunteers
The PM News and Public Affairs Director conducted program evaluations in August and September for all public affairs shows
Special programming this year included:
14-hour Katrina Special (August 29th):
Pre-Katrina: history, previous levee breaks, wetland destruction
First-hand accounts of the storm
Prisoners/police – accounts, analysis
Forum: Government response to disaster
-people speaking from their personal experiences doing relief work in New Orleans, New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and Kansas in June after tornadoes
-ongoing government problems/FEMA trailers
-commentary on posse comitatus and the role of the military
Forum: Community responses to Katrina
-guests included Reverend Mary Overstreet Smith, Pastor Bruce Davenport, Sunshine Dixon, Malik Rahim
Civic works project
Live report from People’s Tribunal for Justice in New Orleans
The ongoing struggle to re-open public housing:
Interview with housing activist Jamie Loughner
Healthcare: Government failures, small grassroots clinics
6 hour End Police Brutality Special (October 22nd):
A day of programming focusing on the National Day to End Police Brutality. Interviews with Wayne Madsen about the use of private companies like Blackwater to train police forces nationwide, local Indymedia activist Deva about assaults on journalists by local police, Aaron James about being racially profiled and beaten on an airplane.
We did a close examination of the case of Fouad Kaady, a burn victim who was tasered and shot to death by Portland police two years ago.
We also examined the cases of Jose Santos Mejia Poot, Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, and James Chasse, Junior.
Alejandro Queral hosted a two-hour forum of community leaders on the community responses to police violence, and the effectiveness of the Independent Police Review and the racial profiling committee of the Portland Police Department.
And we spoke with Mesha Irizarry of the Idriss Stelley Foundation about alternative policing methods, and the concept of restorative justice in the communities most affected by police violence.
We are looking forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of KBOO with lots of special programming and archive material. Now's the time to get involved as a citizen reporter on your community radio station KBOO.