Laura Lucio [lauraluciotv]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
My forte is "Investigative TV Journalism" - This area has been where I have received the most awards and recognitions, mainly with Hard News topics, such as Environmental Issues, Human Trafficking, Immigration, Politics, however in recent years I have been mainly focusing with subjects related to the Entertainment Industry.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
I will be putting up more of my work soon, (www.lauralucio.tv)
What is "news"?
News is factual information about a subject or subject matter in the here and Now.
To you, what is objectivity?
Objectivity is maintaining a 'balance' in any subject and presenting the facts, without malice, or prejudice and without taking sides.
What is the best headline you have ever read?
"Take Down That Wall" referring to the Berlin wall, when President Reagan tells Gorbachev those words during a speech.
What headline would you like to see printed one day in the newspaper?
"For the First Time in History, THE WORLD IS AT PEACE"
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
LA TIMES, NY TIMES, USA TODAY I mainly read online. However based on the fact that I have a TV Background I always read in the morning and compare the TV NEWS at night.
Does freedom of expression end where the editorial line begins?
Absolutely NOT, An Editorial is when we give our version or point of view on an issue, and we could not do that if we didn't have Freedom of Expression.
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
I believe that investigative journalism is being lost. We are living in A Public Relations World and unfortunately the 'reporters, Producers and or Managing Editors' no longer take their time to question the facts, they take the Press Release as FACT! Even the 'interviews' are many times taken as "fact" - there's no hard questioning, and unfortunately that affects how News is being presented. Analytical Journalism can be swayed and many people today hire so called "experts" of many subjects to Analyze the News and they call that giving an "analysis," when in fact many of these "experts" are again only doing PR (Public Relations) to their business.
With a camera on every mobile phone, is every citizen becoming a correspondent?
Yes, 'everyone' is a correspondent and I think that's Great. Especially because when people take out their camera they do it innocently, just because they see something they think should be reported on. I remember when Rodney King was taking that horrible beating by police officers and the young Argentinian guy had a camera handy and recorded the incident. When I interviewed him, he was, in shock that so many people from around the world would want to talk to him. He told me his intention was not to make 'history' but he thought, 'there was too many officers against one guy.'
How would you explain the boom of the tabloid press?
The boom with 'tabloid' press is owed to peoples unsatiable hunger for Celebrity News. Also, the 'tabloid' magazines who pay money for this type of information is sort of an invitation for anyone to become a 'tabloid' correspondent.
What is your position regarding the right to privacy of famous people?
I believe that EVERYONE as a human being whomever they are, celebrity or not, has a right to their own privacy. Acting, Singing, Anchoring, reporting TV News, or Hosting a show, etc. are all jobs people choose because of the Love they have for their profession, and the individuals in these professions are to be respected. However, if you are an 'elected' official and you are getting paid with people's tax money then you are open to a different type of scrutiny.
What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
Before interviewing Anyone about Anything, do your homework. Find out as much as you can about the person you are interviewing. Once you are doing the interview then be cordial and attentive to their responses, don't just read questions off a paper. After all you are there to find out more then just the regular , what, when , where, or why? Ask the questions your viewer or reader would want to know about them. Allow them to 'think' and respond. Many interviewers ask them the question and then they jump in over the person being interviewed to help them reply. How will they ever answer if you don't let them think much less talk! hahaha!
Please list well-known people you have interviewed.
I interviewed President George Bush when he bought the Texas Rangers, he told me, "I'm not giving anyone 'one on one' interviews but since your name is "LAURA" like my wife, I'll talk to you." Magic Johnson, in Washington DC during President Clinton's inauguration, Henry Cisneros, when he was being considered to be Pres. Clinton's running mate for VP, In San Antonio, and at a rally I quickly interviewed President Clinton, While at NBC Access Hollywood I interviewed Cindy Crawford, Sylvester Stallone, at an Alma Awards I interviewed Director James Cameron. In the Latin World, while I worked for Telemundo/NBC i interviewed, Eddie Olmos, Antonio Banderas, Shakira, Salma Hayek, Laura Pausini, Jose Canseco, Nolan Ryan, Rafael Palmeiro, Oscar De La Hoya, Tony Casillas, Pudge Rodriguez, Jorge Drexler, other interviews, Vicente Fernandez, Pepe Aguilar, and the list goes on, but always fun and one of my favorite interviews was with Ricky Martin.
Would you say the journalism blog is revolutionizing the profession?
I think that when one blogs, the ideas come from the 'heart' and it helps us stay 'connected' in a different manner, and yes, it has revolutionized the profession because one can go and read what's of interest directly from an expert or experienced source.
Will the paper press disappear?
I believe at some point it will. My Four year old niece will not know how it is to live without an I-Pad or I-Phone or computer, so we must adapt to the younger generations.
What are your thoughts of the free papers distributed in cities?
I think that when a magazine or newspaper is local and it has local information and deals etc. people do give it the attention it deserves.
What is the book you would like to write?
There are several books I have in mind to write. One has to do with getting the younger generations to understand that what they print in Social Media could later come back to haunt them, basically about Manners, Digital Media Manners and staying Politically Correct while online. The other is more of a book of inspiration of Love and Music. Also, I have done a lot of research on a book about Spanish TV in America, and really, i may just write it like a Novel.
Is there a motto or ethical principle that clarifies your decisions in moments of confusion?
In the moments of confusion i ask myself, "What would God Do"....
What advice would you give to someone who has just left university and wishes to start in the profession?
I would tell them TO PRESS ON, because nothing can take the place of Persistence. Be blunt, never take NO for an answer, especially when asking someone for an interview, always be prepared, stay one step ahead in information. Remember that Knowledge is Power. Keep Pressing, Keep Reading and if you compete, compete with yourself, to be better each day.
Beverly Hills, California