Monday, December 31, 2012

Broadcast news came of age covering JFK assassination

Our book about reporters covering the JFK assassination is beginning to have legs. The book is now in its fifth printing. We wrote “When the News Went Live” with an eye toward history and journalism classes. That November, I was a wide-eyed 24-year-old cub reporter. The next month, I was a cynic.

Dink around on Amazon and you can find a used copy for a penny. Plus shipping. Click here.


The South Plainsman said...

Great book. Be generous and buy the new one.

Mike Capps said...

Ladies and gentlemen of the blogging audience, hello and Happy New Year from Austin,Texas and from Mike Capps, former CNN Correspondent who covered the original Gulf War, the bloody overthrow of the Haitian Government and the Branch Davidian Siege in Waco.

I beg your indulgence as I take some holiday time to write several graphs about my four mentors; Bill Mercer, Bob Huffaker, George Phenix and Wes Wise, the authors of "When The News Went Live."

"When The News Went Live," very simply represents a riveting, four man account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy almost fifty years ago, told by men who were on the streets that godawful day in U.S. history.

Mercer, Huffaker, Phenix and Wise explain what they saw, heard and experienced, in great detail from gut-level-reaction to honest, earnest reflection born over decades remembering that fateful day.

"When The News Went Live," in my opinion, sets dozens of new standards, relating personal reaction-emotion in constant crisis mode, while painting vivid word pictures, as they walk readers through the streets of a stunned Dallas.

"When The News Went Live," also represents the ground floor in live television reporting and set standards for future generations, including my own, in "how-to" cover live, earth shattering events, while mastering the art of separating personal emotion from laser-focus on the story at hand.

What a wonderful treatise on a subject that to this day still stirs raw emotions across the United States and especially within the confines of the city limits of Dallas, Texas.

I highly recommend "When The News Went Live," as a must-read, approaching the 50th anniversary of a day that scarred this country forever.

Mike Capps
Austin, Texas

Denise said...

I've also read their book, and it's a fabulous read. You can't put it down once you stop, and knowing these guys were there, documenting and covering one of the most horrific and generation changing moments in American history is something you really don't want to miss. I have an autographed copy that's priceless to me!

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