Robservations on the media beat:
- Losing a job in broadcast news no longer means being exiled to oblivion. The newest entry in the Chicago media blogosphere is LaurenCohnReports.com (billed as "The Official Website of Newscaster Lauren Cohn"), launched by the former news anchor and reporter at WFLD-Channel 32. Cohn, who signed off from the Fox-owned station April 1, said she sees the website as a "marketing tool" to keep her name in front of the public -- and her resume in front of potential employers. She's already blogged about everything from her Blackberry Bold to the Highland Park girls' basketball team. Cohn, who previously worked at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 and CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2, has been filling in on Citadel Broadcasting news/talk WLS-AM (890).
- Chicago television news icon Walter Jacobson, who was principal news anchor at Channel 32 for 13 years, had harsh words Monday for bosses of the Fox-owned station over their dismissal of Lilia Chacon. (As reported here, Chacon is being dropped after 21 years as a reporter for Fox Chicago News.) Jacobson, who now delivers commentaries for Channel 2, blasted Chacon's ouster in a message to this blog. In case you missed it, here's Walter's perspective: