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Bring it on.

Mark your calendars. An interesting debate is scheduled for Tuesday.

Stephens Media columnist John Brummett has not been shy about sharing his thoughts on the "Choose Your News" segment that KATV-TV, Channel 7, has aired since early November.

Brummett has called the segment "gimmicky" for allowing viewers to pick stories that the station's Kristin Fisher reports during each weekday's 6 p.m. newscast. He also isn't a fan of the segment's use of a Web cam and Twitter, a sort of "mini-blog" Web site.

The Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Pro Chapter is sponsoring a debate between Brummett and Fisher.

Fisher hasn't backed down so far. She has challenged Brummett to debate her on the "Daily Debrief," an interview she conducts after her segment airs. The interview is broadcast on the Web cam and has featured many of the ABC affiliate's employees, but also outsiders like Blake Rutherford of the Stone Ward advertising agency and Max Brantley, editor of the Arkansas Times.

Brummett declined the offer to engage Fisher in the new medium, but has taken up Andrew DeMillo's offer to debate Fisher in a more traditional setting. DeMillo, government and politics reporter for the Associated Press, is president of the Arkansas Pro chapter.

The debate will take place at 7 p.m. at the Arkansas Press Association's building at 411 S. Victory St. in Little Rock.

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Title Annotation:Outtakes: An Inside Look Into Arkansas Media
Author:Hengel, Mark
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Dec 8, 2008
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