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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

When the Media Becomes the Story

WMAQ-TV has announced that long-time reporter Amy Jacobson has left the station after a rival station aired video of her at the home of Craig Stebic, the husband of a woman who has been missing since April. The journalist was reported to have been covering the disappearance of Lisa Stebic; Ms. Jacobson's attorney told the media Ms. Stebic's sister-in-law invited her to drop by to discuss the case. However, criticism of what appears to be her personal involvement in the story caused WMAQ-TV to announced that she had left her employment on Tuesday of this week.

Ms. Jacobson is the second television reporter recently to become part of a story she is covering. Last week Telemundo announced an investigation into the behavior of news anchor Mirthala Salinas, who has been involved with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for about a year. Last month, Ms. Salinas read an on-air report about the break-up of the Villaraigosa marriage, particularly awkward now that the viewing audience knows that she had somewhat more information about that marriage than was in the report.

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