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THIS is Brooklyn: Murrow School Says Good Night and Good Luck

There's a bummer of a story in today's New York Times about Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York. It seems the once robust television production program there has been reduced to a pile of rubble, and the classrooms that once housed studios and editing facilities will shortly become home to a computer lab.

Surely there's a metaphor in here someplace for recent big shifts in video production and consumption, as Flip cameras, YouTube, blogs, and the web in general have wreaked major havoc for traditional local and network television.

We like to claim Murrow as one of our own here in the Pacific Northwest. Even though he was born in Polecat Creek, North Carolina, Murrow's formative years were spent about an hour north of Seattle in the rural community of Blanchard, Washington, and his parents and brother Lacey V. Murrow remained in the area.

Fortunately, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University in Pullman (Murrow's alma mater, then known as Washington State College) appears to be doing just fine, thank you.

(Posted by Feliks Banel)



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