Stories by Steven Ackermann

Steven Ackermann  
 
Special Projects Consultant


  • Newsroom Notes: The New Normal

    Newsroom Notes
    Newsroom Notes: The New Normal
    March 27, 2020

    It’s Friday morning and we are closing in on our first week of “new normal” at KOMU. I am blessed that my “new normal” is only disrupting my intended trips home.
  • Newsroom Notes: A unique view at a unique time

    Newsroom Notes
    Newsroom Notes: A unique view at a unique time
    March 23, 2020

    How do you run a newsroom through these unusual times? We’re providing a first-hand view from an industry veteran who agreed to lead the KOMU newsroom during a faculty search process—just as the Covid-19 crisis began unfolding.
  • The Road to OTT: Stop calling it OTT!

    The Road to OTT
    The Road to OTT: Stop calling it OTT!
    March 9, 2020

    Looking for cutting edge television technology? We had to visit Capitol Broadcasting in Raleigh, North Carolina. No surprise in today’s stop on The Road to OTT that WRAL-TV got into OTT more than seven years ago and is already on its second generation.
  • The Road to OTT: Is that REALLY a TV story?

    The Road to OTT
    The Road to OTT: Is that REALLY a TV story?
    February 7, 2020

    Innovative journalists are attracted to gadgets. With the chaos that became of the Iowa Caucuses, do you want to see a totally different view? Today’s stop on The Road to OTT takes us to a major broadcast group and their newest gadget.
  • The Road to OTT: Flying solo in Oklahoma

    The Road to OTT
    The Road to OTT: Flying solo in Oklahoma
    January 27, 2020

    Our stops on The Road to OTT have taken us to broadcast groups with dedicated corporate technology and business teams. How to navigate the route without that?
  • The Road to OTT:  Lessons from looking within

    The Road to OTT
    The Road to OTT:  Lessons from looking within
    November 15, 2019

    In the past five years, the Scripps television group, with roots back to 1878, has transformed itself through acquisitions including Newsy, Journal, Stitcher and Cordillera along with several other individual station acquisitions.
  • The Road to OTT:  Finding that content sweet spot

    The Road to OTT
    The Road to OTT:  Finding that content sweet spot
    October 29, 2019

    When it comes to thinking about OTT, inspiration can come from mixing and matching and pondering new, unexpected combinations.
  • The road to OTT: Be adaptable and willing to change

    The Road to OTT
    The road to OTT: Be adaptable and willing to change
    October 10, 2019

    Your cheese will keep moving faster and faster is the best summation of our 50 minute discussion with Seth Geiger, President and co-founder of SmithGeiger.
  • When it comes to OTT, best advice is to “Just do it. . .”

    The Road to OTT
    When it comes to OTT, best advice is to “Just do it. . .”
    October 1, 2019

    “Just do it,” was the answer to a final question when I checked in with Joe Terrell, News Director at KLTV in Tyler, Texas. The question was to identify one thing his team learned since the 2017 launch of the 24/7 digital product East Texas Now.
  • Installing and adapting to new technology in the newsroom

    The Road to OTT
    Installing and adapting to new technology in the newsroom
    September 24, 2019

    Among the collection of strange choices at the car wash is always something called New Car Smell. When classes began at the University of Missouri last month, the KOMU-TV newsroom was filled with the aroma of their newly installed video management system.