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Celebrating 100 episodes of Jessop's Journal

Recently I was working on my production log for Jessop's Journal. It lists who I interview, the general topic, air date, etc. I was surprised to see that we had just hit the "100 episode" mark.

In the broadcast industry, 100 episodes is a big deal. It's the mark that shows you have staying power and that people actually like what you are doing.

Jessop's Journal started as an off shoot of my weekly positive business profile series, "Doug Jessop's Utah Success Stories" that airs every Sunday in the ABC4 News at 10 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the news you only have a very limited amount of time to do a story.

Jessop's Journal doesn't really have a time limit. I wasn't sure people were going to have the patience for extended stories. The first interviews were about ten to fifteen minutes long. Online viewers seemed to like the longer format, so I expanded the time until a year later the average interview was typically twenty-something minutes.

I don't know about you, but I get tired of all the negative news stories (and I'm in the business). I call them "murder and mayhem stories." From an insider view, let me tell you something directly...the reason that those types of stories are in the news is because they are NOT the norm.

I truly believe that people are essentially good. You may not look the same, talk the same or even believe in the same things, BUT...if you sit down with someone and have a conversation where you are listening to understand (instead of listening to respond), you will find out that you have more in common than you thought.

With all of this said, very soon I will be able to share a really cool announcement of the next upgrade to Jessop's Journal. Stay tuned!

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