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ICYMI: Episode 3 of the VN’s collaboration with CATV (Dartmouth lawsuit, N.H. mental health care)

John Gregg getting ready for the big stage … 

John Gregg at the CATV studio in White River Junction, Vt., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

In episode 3 of the Valley News’ collaboration with CATV, news editor John Gregg talks with reporter Nora Doyle-Burr about a $70 million class-action lawsuit that seven female science students filed against Dartmouth College in mid-November, alleging sexual harassment and assault by three former professors.

Then, staff photographer James M. Patterson joins Gregg and Doyle-Burr to talk about the story of Mandy Dube, a Unity resident who sued the state of New Hampshire nearly five years ago in a different class-action suit brought on behalf of people with serious mental illness. Patterson has followed Dube’s story for 8 years and he and Doyle-Burr checked in with Dube — and the state of New Hampshire’s mental health care system — for a story in a recent edition of the Sunday Valley News.

It’s another episode of Valley News Digest, our collaboration with CATV

So snazzy, y’all. In Episode 2, news editor John Gregg talks to staff writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling about his reporting at White River Valley Middle School in its first year since the school districts of Royalton and Bethel merged under Vermont’s Act 46 consolidation law. Plus, sports editor Greg Fennell talks about the Dartmouth football team’s season-long winning streak going into the Big Green’s Nov. 3 visit to undefeated Princeton.

Introducing Valley News Digest, a collaboration with CATV

From left to right: News editor John Gregg and reporters Tim Camerato and Jordan Cuddemi.

Break out the popcorn, y’all.

The Valley News has teamed up with public access station CATV to produce Valley News Digest, a discussion between reporters and editors about the news of the day.

Episode 1 will air tonight and tomorrow night at 6 on channel 8, plus several times throughout the weekend. And, thanks to the magic of the internet, you can also watch it right now!

In the debut show, news editor John Gregg talks to reporters Tim Camerato and Jordan Cuddemi about upcoming changes to the rail tunnel in downtown Lebanon and skepticism over drug recognition experts in Vermont.

CATV campers hit the streets with video interviews

CATV! That’s my husband, Chico Eastridge, trying out the techniques.

I had the pleasure of hanging out with the CATV video campers this morning, sharing what I know about the ~art~ of person-on-the-street interviews.

For the uninitiated, “person on the street” (more commonly called “man on the street”) is when reporters hit the street and ask the general public about their opinions on a particular subject, whether it’s politics, local happenings, the weather, whatever.

My No. 2 piece of advice: If you’re getting stuck with “yes” and “no” answers, ask “how” and “why” questions. It opens the door for people to expand on their opinions.

My No. 1 piece of advice: Prepare to get rejected. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s part of the job.

Michael Fernandez, 13, of Thetford, Vt., interviews Roanne Rogerson, of Plainfield, N.H., while Azzlyn Arnold, 13, of Lebanon, N.H., films in White River Junction, Vt., on Thursday, July 26, 2018, for a man-on-the-street interview as part of the CATV News Camp. Their topics included the weather, the closing of the Hartford pool and parking. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

After I left, the campers hit the streets of White River Junction and came back with three videos.

They asked folks about parking in downtown WRJ; the weather these days (shoutout to Valley News photographer August Frank, who took the picture above AND shared his thoughts on the weather) and swimming in the area; and something they saw recently right here on this website.

Here’s their work. I noticed a lot of “how” and “why” questions!! Excellent job, folks.