Newsroom Magazine content is produced entirely by the people you see on our contributors list. While you sometimes see content written by Tony Koorlander, Mikael Blaisdell, John Haueisen or Bill McCormick, most of what is published is written by Robert Butche. He may get the byline, but he is not alone in selecting, researching and writing about 21st century journalism.
As a group, we have decided to stand for something. We are committed to working for the greater good.
We thought you might like to know who some of the people are and what they bring to keeping Newsroom Magazine timely and online.
Bill McCormick, who originally promoted the idea of speaking out about what had happened to his once proud profession ( broadcast news ), has written about his broadcast news career for Newsroom Magazine.
After a stint in Hollywood and the U. S. Marines, Bill launched his television news career in Columbus, Ohio before taking on larger challenges that included being a radio news director, television news anchor, and skilled content producer.
McCormick and Bob started their broadcasting careers together at John Haldi’s legendary TV station, WBNS-TV, under the tutelage of Joe Holbrook and Bill Pepper. Today Bill is an active independent video producer in the Indianapolis, Indiana market. He and Sheri live on the family horse farm in north-central Indiana.
John Haueisen, our only academically trained linguist, ( German and French ) is an active historian and author — especially the history of Worthington, Ohio.
John teamed up with former radio personality Ken Keller last year to profile Ken’s book about life in 20th century radio. John also produced the research on the Columbus, Ohio DMA that was published in Newsroom Magazine earlier this year.
John’s educational background give him unusual insight into whatever he does. Both he and Mrs. Haueisen are active in long term historical preservation projects.
Both are deeply involved in the Worthington Historical Society as well as the Alumni Association of University School at The Ohio State University. If there is one great joy in John’s life, it is opera. He and his wife Stephanie have both appeared on Bob’s This Is Your Music radio show.
Out in northern California, Mikael Blaisdell is a leading expert on Cloud Computing theory, Software As A Service business optimization and customer support operations. In addition to publishing The Hotline Magazine, which addresses SaaS and Support issues, Mikael is a veteran traveler, photographer, a black belt in aikido sword & staff and a tale-weaver & poet of note.
He has a discerning palate for single-malt Scotch and Irish spirits, and for Sonoma County zinfandel wine.
As a writer, Mikael’s favorite topics include philosophy, journalism, governance and occasionally reflective views on what this publication can, or ought to do better.
Mikael met Bob many years ago while working at a Silicon Valley software company. Over the course of uncounted dinners and discussions of the business of life (and software), they’ve explored a mutual interest in creative writing and the wares of California wineries.
Bill Moore, whose ideas are often reflected in articles and editorials, was deeply involved in developing our journalistic standards and user interface. His insight into the issues we cover is extensive, but even better, Bill has made available to Newsroom Magazine a substantial collection of high-quality photographs he has accumulated from around the world.
Just last month, Bill contributed his wisdom and insight into one of our new Conversations With America series.
Although Bob and Bill have known one another for many years, their first historical project was producing the definitive history of Charles Csuri, the father of modern computer graphics at The Ohio State University — and one of the university’s most famous football stars in the WW II era.
Their project produced 8 hours of historical DVD video materials about the origins of computer graphics at ACCAD. Their television program on Chuck Csuri enjoyed theatrical showing sponsored by the OSU College of the Arts hosted by OSU football coach James Tressel who also appears in the film. Bill and Carole reside in Central Ohio.
Richard Evans, who is our most active and productive researcher, is also our most active news reader and viewer — especially the cable news channels about which he has considerable expertise.
More than any of us, Dick seeks out story opportunities in every medium. But perhaps most important, Dick Evans has the rare ability to see what isn’t being covered, what ought to be said, what others so often miss. When you see Dick Evans’ name at the foot of an article you know it arose from clear thinking and hours of research.
But Dick is more than a story finder, for his sense for detail, shared with Bill Moore, makes him our principal line editor. If you read an article without errors, gaffes, missing words, or disjointed syntax, it’s likely Dick saw what is all but invisible to the rest of us. Dick and Bob were high school classmates and neighbors — a relationship that endures to this day. Richard reports from the Little Rock, Arkansas area.
Gordon’s a native Coloradoan — a man’s man who knows his way around the fields and streams in the highlands just west of Denver. Like millions of other young men of that era, Gordon was swept up by the unfolding events of World War II.
He was captured in Germany on March 17th, 1945 when his B-17 Flying Fortress, Dark Angel, was shot down near Emden.
His time as a prisoner of war gave Shaffer plenty of time to think about things so many today take for granted. Freedom was at the top of his list, but love of family, and his Colorado home, were never far from mind.
He and Bob share deep interest in aviation — and that’s what brought them together when Gordon left Penn Central’s Executive Jet Aviation ( now known as NetJets ) to work in Bob’s organization and manage his aircraft fleet. Before long, Gordon was promoted to running Bob’s avionics manufacturing operations.
Now retired, Gordon and Sharon live in the Denver area.
It was less than ten years ago that Tony Koorlander and Bob became acquainted through an international group of video producers, editors, videographers and animators. Koorlander’s highly acclaimed Newsroom Magazine articles on video production reveal hard won professional skills earned at BBC Engineering Training Center.
Once he joined BBC News, Tony’s energy and intellectual curiosity led to an exceptional career — part cameraman, part director, part producer and when required, probative journalist.
It was Tony who provided technical support for U.S. network coverage of major U.K. events including Chief co-ordination engineer in studio N3 for Japanese and CBS TV coverage of the Wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips. He was also involved in BBC coverage of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
Tony’s recent credits include producing and shooting a pilot segment for TMC Mediaworks Los Angeles on the Valiant Master of the Knights Templar in Temple Church, City of London.
When funded, this will produce foundation for 10 one-hour episodes for PBS showing. Tony produced, directed and has written about his commemorative film for the Bideford 500 celebration in 2008.
He’s a talented videographer, producer, editor and movie maker. He’s also an exceptional writer, a penetrating analyst and a man of powerful determination and strong values.
Tony has expanded and broadened Newsroom Magazine through his long career in broadcast journalism and HD video production. Tony and Lynda reside near Bideford in southwest England.
So what was it that brought these people together? Love of country, of family, of freedom? Certainly, but equally these men share a common vision about the importance of credible journalism to sustaining personal freedoms — and preserving threatened democracies so many have given their lives to make possible and keep safe.
These men, each in their own way, helped to define this publication, establish its mission and define its standards. Those efforts have paid greater dividends than any of us might have hoped.
Over the past two years Newsroom Magazine’s mission has remained intact: To speak to and about journalists and the media in which they work, the good and the bad, the dedicated and the opportunists, the awed and the cynical, both lofty and unknown.
My personal thanks to you all. Because you cared, our voices are being heard in countries and languages beyond our expectations. Others will join us in this journey in the years ahead.
Each who shall join us down the road will come to know the names of those who made it happen. Bill, Dick, Gordon, Tony, Mikael, John and William — responsible adults all!