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A screening of the new documentary, “Running on Empty: The Brain Drain in Local TV News,” which was produced by Quinnipiac University journalism professors, and Cheshire residents, Karin and Bill Schwanbeck, will take place Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Echlin Center, Room 101, on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus.
“We were prompted to do this documentary when we realized crime and grime stories were standard on local TV newscasts and we saw very little in-depth or investigative journalism,” Karin Schwanbeck said. “Now we know one of the reasons why there is so much shallow reporting – the older reporters have been fired to save money or are leaving the business because they are frustrated.”
A question-and-answer session with the Schwanbecks will follow the hour-long documentary.
The Schwanbecks produce documentaries that reflect on current challenges facing broadcast journalism, receiving a New England Emmy nomination and national Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence. Karin Schwanbeck has also published articles for Broadcast Education Association's Feedback journal, News Photographer and Quill magazines. She is currently a board member of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government. She received the Morris Berman Teaching Award in 2001 by the National Press Photographers Association. Karin Schwanbeck is the faculty adviser for Quinnipiac’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was a television reporter for 12 years prior to her teaching career.
A former television and sports reporter and anchor for 21 years, Bill Schwanbeck is an adjunct faculty member at Quinnipiac and the University of Hartford.
For more information on the screening, please contact Karin Schwanbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org.