Big Stories. Tiny Anchor.
I originally wrote this post for my own site, but thought it might be a worthy re-blog.
Meet Roger Numbers, the animated anchor of GOOD Magazine's daily news program, GOOD News. If the voice behind Roger sounds familiar, then you've been listening to Ian Chillag, a former producer on Fresh Air and the Bryant Park Project. Ian serves as managing editor for the series, bringing a smart and funny (hint: read the lower thirds) take on the day's politics, business, economics, art, culture, and science news.
From high-profile guests like John Hodgman and regular episodes with correspondents like film critic Daniel Holloway... to the cleverly conducted phone interviews, Roger Numbers is as adept in the anchor chair as Charlie Rose and as sincere in an interview as Diane Sawyer. But of course, that's been GOOD's plan all along:
"Mainstream television news is increasingly turning thoughtful people away. It's too partisan, too angry, or too depressing. As more people look to the Web for their information, GOOD News endeavors to meet this need in the same entertaining and relevant way that we produce content across all of our platforms." -Craig Shapiro, GOOD New Media
Could GOOD News and Roger Numbers be the future of reporting as we know it, destined to follow in the footsteps of journalism greats like Edward Murrow and Christiane Amanpour? Will GOOD's groundbreaking collaborative mission change the world? Big questions for sure, but I'm guessing there's one little blue dude who's up to the challenge.