Due to unforseen circumstances, our "Outside Voices" feature is taking the week off. In lieu of that, however, if you're really aching to here from someone outside of CBS News tell you what they think of CBS News, you can check out some of our past contributors.
We've had quite a few people provide some advice for the new "Evening News." Veteran journalist and professor at Duke University Susan Tifft shared her wish list for the show. News Gems blogger Jon Marshall had some suggestions of his own – more enterprising stories and more foreign news. Former CBS correspondent Tom Fenton had some similar thoughts on that front. Another former CBSer, Gordon Joseloff, weighed in as well – suggesting that CBS News look to the past to develop a successful future. Geneva Overholser, a journalist, author and former ombudsman for the Washington Post likes the idea of a female anchor – and thinks CBS News should break some more barriers.
Other contributors have taken a look at CBS News from some very unique angles. Kansas City Star TV critic Aaron Barnhart compared the success of television entertainment with the continuing struggle of television news. In the midst of the Middle East crisis, David Vaina of the Project for Excellence in Journalism compared a week's worth of coverage of the event on CBS News and BBC News. Public radio reporter and former ABC News intern Dan Bobkoff wondered why all the network newscasts continued to look exactly the same.
That's just a sample of who we've heard from in the past several months, so have a look and we'll be back next week with our regularly scheduled programming.