Tales from a Small Town Journalist

Tales from a Small Town Journalist

Small town journalists have truly unique personal stories. Matt Schorr chats with reporters about their funny and weird experiences. www.mattschorr.net/smalltownjournalist www.twitter.com/journalisttales www.facebook.com/schorrmanor www.twitter.com/themattschorr www.instagram.com/theschorr

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July 5, 2021 60 min
Former Mayfield Messenger Circulation Manager Mike Clark joins Matt Schorr to chat about some of the biggest things to happen while working for a small town, community paper -- including the time one of Mayfield's own won America's Got Talent.



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We take a spooky detour this episode as Matt and his wife, Amanda, recap their visit to the Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis, with interviews from Bixby Studios, the Halloween Shirt Company, Toxic FX and more!

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Gary Estwick, the Leaf-Chronicle's new Senior Editor, has seen and done a lot in his career. He almost got into a fight with a high school marching band, and he had a gun aimed in his direction while covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He's got some pretty wild tales, and he tells them all in this episode!

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April 7, 2021 36 min
David Shelton is probably best known in his hometown as the Leaf-Chronicle columnist who advocates for LGBTQ rights, giving a voice to a community that all too often goes unheard. That alone is a unique experience, but he was also part of the Leaf-Chronicle's advertising team when the newspaper's office was destroyed by a tornado. So naturally, Matt had to bring him to the show!

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Matt Schorr chats with Leaf-Chronicle Reporter Jennifer Babich about her journalistic career in television and in print. Some of it, as the title suggests, is pretty wild.

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January 3, 2021 31 min
Mason Watkins, Photojournalist for WPSD Local 6 in West Kentucky, joins Matt to talk about some of his most hair-raising -- yes, we said hair-raising -- experiences recording television news in his area. There's equipment failure, live on-air flubs and, as the title suggests, a serious freakout at the state capitol.

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December 7, 2020 48 min
Many people don't want to remember 2020, and for the most part, we don't blame them. For all the misery it brought, though, 2020 was an eventful year. From the pandemic, to the Black Lives Matter protests, to the Presidential election, it likely changed our society -- and journalism -- forever. Leaf-Chronicle Sports Writer George Robinson joined me to talk about that fact, and reflect on all that happened this year.

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November 2, 2020 40 min
Vince Dawson, the longtime sportscaster for WYMC Radio in Mayfield, KY, joins Matt to talk about sports, life in a pandemic and even a little bit of politics. The discussion ranges from legendary football coach Paul Leahy to the first Presidential debate.

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October 5, 2020 61 min
In this special haunted episode, folklorist and ghost story enthusiast Shawn Morrissey from the Dark Side of Seoul podcast and ghost tours joins Matt to discuss the origins of myths, legends and even ghost stories, and how they still affect our perceptions today.

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September 7, 2020 37 min
Jimmy Settle, a journalist who is every bit a pillar of the community he serves as the newspaper he writes for, chats with Matt about the importance of local journalism and some of his more outlandish experiences on the job!

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The Fancy Farm Picnic is famous for three things: Bingo, political speeches with raucous crowds and barbecue as far as the eye can see. Thanks to COVID-19, however, two out of three won't happen. (At the barbecue is still there.) Matt talks with Mayfield Messenger Editor Eric Walker about the picnic's history and the impact of its diminished status this year.

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July 6, 2020 45 min
Matt Schorr chats with freelance reporter Tony Centonze about navigating the strange world of community journalism, which is made all the stranger in the midst of a global pandemic and national protests.

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Murray Ledger & Times reporter John Wright joins Matt to talk about his adventures with various newspapers throughout Western Kentucky. Those include adrenaline-fueled, high-speed drives through the woods to find a massive boat wreck and talks with COVID-19 survivors.

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May 27, 2020 2 min
This is a special in-between episode with an important announcement! Matt Schorr's webcomic -- Moby Dick: Back from the Deep -- returned to Kickstarter this week, and we'd like to invite everyone aboard. If comic books are your thing, follow the link below and consider supporting this project.

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Chris Smith, Regional News Director for USA Today Network - Tennessee and author of Salamanders of the Silk Road, joins Matt to talk about his experiences as Senior Editor for the Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville and his journalistic adventures in Florida and Alabama. His tales include chair tossing and insult hurling, but not a single wrestling ring. For more updates on this show and others, be sure to follow the Schorr Manor Faceboo...
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April 6, 2020 20 min
With the coronavirus pandemic in full force, Matt takes a moment to tell a few of his own stories about life in quarantine.

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Tavia Green from ClarksvilleNow joins Matt to talk about her earliest -- and perhaps most intense -- experiences as a journalist. The conversation includes tragedy, bizarre interviews and the importance of local journalism in small communities.

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February 3, 2020 44 min
Joe Jackson, radio journalist for Bristol Broadcasting, joins Matt to talk about his experiences in the field, including their shared experience on a county-wide manhunt that ended in a truly unexpected way. Longtime lighteners may remember this as Matt's own story from our very first episode, and he's revisiting it here with someone else's perspective!

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Richard Stevens, Clarksville's Director of Communications and former Leaf-Chronicle Publisher, joins Matt to look back on his career and some of the most unique memories that came with it. There are tornadoes, bounced checks, PhDs ("Public Degrees in Hard Drinking") and so much more. This episode also marks our one-year anniversary, and we're celebrating with a brand new intro and theme song!

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December 3, 2019 39 min
Leigh Landini Wright, an Associate Professor at Murray State University's Journalism and Mass Communications Department, joins Matt to look back on 2019 and some of the changes in the industry, not to mention her own adventures covering the recent Kentucky Governor Election with her students.

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