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Pope Benedict’s statement of resignation

In a shocking announcement, the Vatican has reported that Pope Benedict will resign on February 28th, his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNN Monday. Lombardi did not give a reason for the resignation. Benedict, the 265th pope, is the sixth German to serve as pope and the first since the 11th century. He has led church after the third-longest papacy in church history and during a time in...

Commercial: Singing Hoveround Guy

I’ve spent the better part of twelve years anchoring the news. Whether it was in a frigid studio in Austin, Minnesota in the middle of winter, the dry, desert air of the studio in Tucson, Arizona, the humid, sticky studio in Orlando, Florida or the quiet, chilly and sometimes hot studio of Miami, Florida, one thing is for certain: I’ve watched a heck of a lot of TV commercials prior...

TV news anchor’s website launches

Phil Amato is a television news anchor in Jacksonville, Florida. I had the honor of putting together his new website for his anchoring, reporting, writing and editing career. The website profiles his 28 years of TV News experience and his interests in business, tech and real estate. He wakes up First Coast News viewers every weekday morning by combining a blend of breaking news, serious and...

Journalists of the future

It was fun to visit with students from the Robert Morgan School’s video production class last week. It’s fun to see the excitement and answer great questions about the TV News business. Thanks, everyone. Hope you had a great visit.

LTV: Web advertisements

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an interesting viewer email. We all remember the recent email sent to Wisconsin anchorwoman Jennifer Livingston by a local lawyer ripping her about her weight. After a national media tour, Livingston seems to have gotten her argument across about  what she calls a case of bullying. While I have received emails from viewers demanding everything from...

Reporter tool: Panorama for iPhone

Newsgathering has changed so much in the past decade. Heck, it’s changed in the past month. And it will continue to change as bandwidth gets faster, devices get smaller and the option to capture news becomes more abundant. Smartphones allow reporters to ‘bring the scene’ to viewers in ways never before possible. Apartment fire? Snap a photo. Car accident with traffic back-ups...

That day, 11 years ago

It doesn’t take long for people to start asking ‘where were you when the planes hit’ on any anniversary of 9/11. Today is no different. Unlike prior anniversaries, I’m not hearing the question asked person-to-person, per se, but more tweet-to-tweet. In a series of hash tags, trending topics and concise phrases, Twitter users do their best to say where they were, what they...

Back to school, back to work

I feel like I’ve been transported 20 years back in time. August in Minnesota was always hot and humid. You could sense fall was right around the corner as pro baseball entered it’s final stretch and promos for football flooded the airwaves. It was a time to gets some new ‘duds’ while hitting the back-to-school sales at the malls. It was a time to get rid of the scraggly...

The Friday Squad: My favorite story

I often ask people in TV News about their favorite story. Many times they didn’t even cover it. It’s always interesting to see great work from other reporters and photographers from stations around the country. I saw what would be my favorite story when I became an intern at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis all the way back in 2001 (seems like forever ago). I worked alongside David Schechter at...

Amway Arena implosion photo

I just found all my pictures from the morning the Amway Arena was imploded. I have been meaning to put together a few of them in a time-lapse photo to show it going down. One of these days I will. But here is a pretty cool from that morning. While you can see it pretty well, it was the sound that was the best that morning. Very loud! The rubble from the Arena is still piled up as the developer...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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