While perusing my twitter stream a couple of weeks back, I noticed a familiar name had procured a book deal. Brian Stelter, a New York Times reporter who I met when I attended the Sundance Film Festival and who is featured in the informative and eye opening documentary – Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times is writing his first book!
But before I get to that, a little background….
After watching the Page One documentary with David Carr, Brian Stelter and the soon to be replaced media desk editor Bruce Headlam – I left with a better understanding as to how print media is being affected by the ever expanding online media world. Seeing the film to me was a part of my “professional development” and I really did learn a lot.
The best part of seeing this film was that I ended up having a conversation with Brian Stelter.
When I asked him for words of wisdom, he shared with me that finding success as a writer is a process and one that takes hard work and it does not happen without that aspect. I appreciated his honesty and encouraging words. Additionally, his willingness to chat with a novice writer such as myself really was stellar in my book. At the end of our conversation he handed me his business card, which to me was telling because it let me know that he thought, through our discussion, I had potential.
It’s the little things folks, what can I say.
But, I digress.
So, Brian popped up in the news because he’s recently signed on to write a book (tentatively) called “Top of the Morning”. It’s a book that will delve into the role that morning television plays in our lives. In a time when television is changing drastically, morning television remains a consistent fixture. The soap opera era may very well be dead….well in the fictional sense at least, (Bachelorette, anyone?), but morning television is here to stay.
So why is that?
Reading about his book venture has me wondering why I turn on my television every morning at 7am (because lord knows I’m up at the crack of dawn with those little ones keeping me busy) and tune into the Today’s Show. Why do I insist that my 6 year-old watch her favorite cartoons on the iPad so I can ensure I do not miss a single segment?
I think the reason is multi-faceted. Part of it is because it’s one of the ways that I wake up my brain in the morning. I turn on the coffee machine and the news and I slowly begin to warm up to the day. I don’t enjoy CNN or Fox News in the early morning hours because it is usually focused solely on the latest murder trial (Casey Anthony) or idiot politician (Rod Blagojevich or Anthony Weiner anyone?) or the fact that our economy is carrying a god-awful amount of debt and while the Today’s Show does report on those things, it also give me a healthy dose of “how to raise your kids right” (because we all know my points of reference are shady) and “don’t eat those 3,000 calorie cheese fries have sweet potato fries instead” type segments. The morning shows include human interest stories, new authors, music phenoms in addition to the hard-nosed depressing “look who killed their kid now” reports.
And let’s not forget Jill’s Steals and Deals – a must for any budget conscientious Mama who likes to shop.
Additionally, morning shows like Today and The View (my two staples along with my three cups of coffee and twitter stream) keep me up-to-date on what is trending in all things news, food, fashion, celebrity, books, music and more. At a minimum, it gives me blog “food for thought”.
Finally, I think I like the balance. I like to see trends for how I should be wearing my hair in my 30’s as well as the latest political antics of Sarah Palin. I want to learn how to be a better cook, entertain with style all the while hearing about the heartbreaking floods in Joplin and how I can help.
Balance folks, that’s what I like in my morning television.
How about you? Do you watch Morning shows? What do they bring to your day? Would you read a book on this topic?
**Be forewarned, I plan to tweet Mr. Stelter and let him know he has a cameo on my blog due to his book venture and as a result potential for valuable insights on the topic of his new book – so comment away! Maybe he’ll contact you for an interview….er something. I think he’ll come by…because he remembers me and stuff.