April 30, 2013

'Mountain Lake Journal' makes changes

PLATTSBURGH — ‘Mountain Lake Journal’ will soon have a new look, enhanced web presence and a new staff member.

The changes to the Mountain Lake PBS show will be unveiled starting Friday. The program, now in its ninth year, will air at 8 p.m. Fridays — moved from a Thursday slot — after the “PBS Newshour” and will be followed by “New York NOW” at 8:30 p.m.

Producer and anchorman Thom Hallock will continue to lead the team, with additional reports from veteran correspondent Jack LaDuke.

In addition, Mountain Lake PBS producer Tomeka Weatherspoon will produce “The Cover Story,” an investigative segment focusing on newsmakers, innovative businesses and human-interest stories from around the region.

“While we are changing ‘Mountain Lake Journal’s’ look and time, what will not change is Mountain Lake PBS’s commitment to our viewers — to take them beyond the headlines with in-depth news reporting and interviews to deepen their understanding of the issues that matter most,” Mountain Lake President and CEO Alice Recore said in a press release.

Moving the show from Thursday to Friday will better serve as a week-in-review of local and statewide news, she said. The time slot between “PBS Newshour” and “New York NOW” will provide viewers with two full hours of award-winning journalism.

“Teaming up with the journalists from ‘New York NOW’ will give our viewers even more in-depth coverage of political news and analysis from the Capitol in Albany,” Hallock said.

The station’s website,, will re-launch on Friday as well. It will feature a new look, new content and an enhanced web presence for “Mountain Lake Journal.” 

The website features articles and videos from staff, independent producers and community journalists. 

“Community bloggers, public submissions and a robust user-friendly calendar round out as a platform for community engagement,” the release said.

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