Local Journalism is Crucial Now: What's BTS got to do with It? | James Ford | TEDxBeaconStreetSalon

  • Published on Dec 10, 2018
  • At a time when news media have been called “the enemy of the people” by our country's leadership, journalism at the local level is as vital as ever.
    An Emmy Award-winning reporter in the nation's largest media market draws on his journalistic experience, which has changed lives and achieved justice, to show why local television news is critical to democracy now, and how it can be even more relevant in the future.
    Surprisingly, the K-Pop supergroup BTS offers insight into how and why local journalists and the public they serve need to be in greater communication in order to strengthen our democracy.
    James Ford is a reporter for the PIX11 News at 5 and 6 p.m.
    James joined WPIX in 2007, serving as the lead live reporter for the PIX11 Morning News, covering breaking news and feature stories.
    Prior to his position at WPIX, Ford was a reporter for six years at WNYW Channel 5 in New York, where his reporting on Sept. 11 was the subject of the documentary “Dreams Without Sleep,” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.
    Ford, an Emmy Award-winning reporter, began his television career at WTOC-TV in Savannah, Ga., where he was a reporter and fill-in anchor. He later moved to WFTV, Channel 9 in Orlando, Fla. He was the station’s Space Coast bureau chief, covering news in Brevard County, which is known as Florida’s Space Coast. There, he anchored coverage of 41 space shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center.
    Ford’s next move was to WRTV Channel 6 in Indianapolis, where he anchored the morning news and was a consumer investigative reporter.
    James is proud to have grown up in an Air Force family who moved to six different states and the U.K. over the course of 25 years. He, his wife and daughter live in Manhattan.
    Ford is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also studied Arabic at the International Language Institute of Cairo. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

Comments • 809

  • Abigail Gonzales Cutipa

    I love jimin ❤❤❤

  • Abigail Gonzales Cutipa

    Bias jimin ????? ❤❤❤❤

  • geminilicious
    geminilicious 6 days ago

    Now make a Ted talk about BTS fan culture exploitation!

  • AvatardShwag
    AvatardShwag 12 days ago

    ARMYs are the ONLY fanbase who regularly sends flowers to the radio stations that played BTS' songs

  • Lavanda Blanca
    Lavanda Blanca 28 days ago

    Did somebody say BTS? 👀

  • Rahma Abdulrahman
    Rahma Abdulrahman Month ago

    ALSO u made me click and watch this whole video and im not regretting anything

  • Rahma Abdulrahman
    Rahma Abdulrahman Month ago

    See, BTS made made me stronger. They changed me since I got to know them a 1 year and half ago....They learned and stilll learn me to do good things... aslo my new family (ARMY) made me start to communicate with other(Armies) and that showed how much we accomplished stuff together by helping each other.

  • TheDreamcatcher6
    TheDreamcatcher6 3 months ago

    His daughter must be so proud!!

  • Elena Sosa
    Elena Sosa 3 months ago

    I was expecting the deafening sound of ARMYs. I am whipped.

  • James Ford
    James Ford 3 months ago +2

    Thank you, everyone for your great comments! Thank you, also for watching this TEDx talk! And thank you, BTS, for showing what effective communication looks like, in a way that news media can apply it.

  • Tokyojoonz
    Tokyojoonz 3 months ago

    I'm such a proud army, damn

  • soumy army
    soumy army 3 months ago +1

    i still can't believe what i'm watching i'm a proud army

  • justin rinehart
    justin rinehart 3 months ago

    I love BTS but actually big bang and 2ne1 were playing major American concerts back in the day,

  • Laila ben
    Laila ben 3 months ago


  • Zukini Bear
    Zukini Bear 3 months ago

    SO basically BTS was mentioned here as an example for local journalism- that instead of saying localized they should globalize their content, and how BTS gave the man many views because he wrote about them.
    So if you're coming for BTS, this is all that's included about them.
    Like srsly, the man only talks like 2 minutes in total about BTS.

  • Kookie Crumb
    Kookie Crumb 3 months ago

    watching them grow and evolve to become who they are today.....their success is still overwhelming to me at times and I don't think there has been a time where we aren't proud of the boys. With that being said, when many people consider BTS to be overrated and ARMYs to be girls running behind good looking asian men....this TED talk spoke of 1 of the million reasons as to why they truly have achieved what they achieved and I hope many people realise this as well.

  • Taehyungie Mullet
    Taehyungie Mullet 3 months ago +2

    I told people over and over again and I won't stop:
    BTS is a DISRUPTION, beyond the music industry. They're a disruption to culture. When I say culture, I mean it, the 'culture' in a broad way. They're disruptive to the pop culture, to cultural diplomacy, to media culture, to youth culture, to literary culture, to resistance culture, etc.

  • Teresa Puii
    Teresa Puii 3 months ago

    I’m soo proud of bts and what they want though I love them soo much I purple you ❤️❤️❤️

  • Teresa Puii
    Teresa Puii 3 months ago

    Thank you for talking about bts ❤️❤️

  • orginal Enkhlen
    orginal Enkhlen 3 months ago

    Thank You. Usally people make fun about them as in parents

  • 방탄마리암
    방탄마리암 3 months ago

    I loved the whole speech. I came for BTS but stayed because how you talked really attracted me.

  • eclipse_ bangtan
    eclipse_ bangtan 3 months ago


  • BTS is real love
    BTS is real love 3 months ago +1

    I see BTS i cliked

  • Hannah Elmi
    Hannah Elmi 4 months ago

    *slow clap*


  • Alexandra Adams
    Alexandra Adams 4 months ago +1

    Very well spoken! BTS has truly changed the course of my life and me as a person. It's wonderful seeing them gain mass recognition. :)

  • Alexandra Adams
    Alexandra Adams 4 months ago

    Yeah... we're everywhere.

  • seokjins socks
    seokjins socks 4 months ago +1

    Can we watch these Ted talks in school instead?

  • Rebecca Bowler
    Rebecca Bowler 4 months ago

    I saw bts and am wildly confused so imma check it out

    INFIRES MAN 4 months ago


  • Joon's dimple
    Joon's dimple 4 months ago

    omg.... what

  • Cassandra Agote
    Cassandra Agote 4 months ago

    Hey I know BTS💜💜

  • Ayei Chang
    Ayei Chang 4 months ago

    is there a transcript for this?

  • Maggie Curran
    Maggie Curran 4 months ago

    Wonderful talk, James Ford! Such a pleasure to work with you on it!!!

  • Jungkook
    Jungkook 4 months ago

    Bts are kings! The impact is crazy! Everywhere they go they leave history and amazing story! Love them so much! Such humble and talented men!

  • jay p
    jay p 4 months ago

    I hope bts sees this, especially joonie 😭

  • Emma loves Namjoon
    Emma loves Namjoon 4 months ago

    I'm an ARMY and I'm subscribed to this channel, how haven't I seen this yet?

  • Bob Kirkland
    Bob Kirkland 4 months ago

    Im a simple person, I see BTS, I click.

  • tlali
    tlali 4 months ago

    BTS is pretty much everywhere now. Who ever hasn't heard of BTS by 2019 is probably not alive. Doesn't matter if you don't like them, but you've heard of them.


  • robot
    robot 4 months ago

    as an aspiring journalist, an Army and a Ted talk lover, this is the perfect video

  • robot
    robot 4 months ago

    I can’t believe more armies aren’t talking about this

  • Yee Yeeyee
    Yee Yeeyee 4 months ago


  • doctor leaf
    doctor leaf 4 months ago

    I was so shocked when I read the full title, finally bts appears in a ted talk. All the TED talk Army fans are coming out haha

  • Sad Hours
    Sad Hours 4 months ago +1

    Thanks for coming to my TED Talk

  • balahaja erk
    balahaja erk 4 months ago

    Thank you for this !

  • Caroline'sComments
    Caroline'sComments 4 months ago

    I'm a simple girl. I see BTS, I click.

  • gguksgalaxy
    gguksgalaxy 4 months ago


  • SKZ_ _BTS
    SKZ_ _BTS 4 months ago

    I remember hearing about BTS watching my favorite artist Steve Lacy on here, now both Steve and BTS have grown

  • Ginseng Tea
    Ginseng Tea 4 months ago

    I’m so happy 💕😫

  • a person
    a person 4 months ago +1

    I didn't see the last part of the title, so when he asked about BTS, I screamed.

  • Aaliyah Sampson
    Aaliyah Sampson 4 months ago

    Also know they they(BTS)are people to they do get stressed and depressed and pressured by the media and more.I know you guys want them to stay relevant. I've seen "some" celebrities just take pictures of them not really befriending them or supporting them. I just dont want them to be used or seen as a profiting source.

  • Aaliyah Sampson
    Aaliyah Sampson 4 months ago

    Just don't use our babies for your profiting or Use them for their fame. Or disrespect them

  • Atroobah Fatimah
    Atroobah Fatimah 4 months ago +1

    This is the quality content I pay my WiFi bill for.

  • Malak Devries
    Malak Devries 4 months ago

    Omg im so happy thank u so so much 💜💜

  • Malak Devries
    Malak Devries 4 months ago

    Omg i was like is it really abt bangtan omg😂

  • Supernaturlisch
    Supernaturlisch 4 months ago

    Came for the BTS content, stayed for the incredibly interesting talk. Thank you so much, Mr. Ford! Super enlightening. Since I'm not American, I tend to get most of my American news from bigger news sources. Well, I used to. When I became a fan of BTS, I noticed the complete lack of reporting of BTS from the bigger news sources - despite the immense success. It was actually local media that, at least in my experience, first started writing about it. And often because the journalist stumbled upon it, and decided to dig deeper!

  • jjksthighs
    jjksthighs 4 months ago

    I see bts, i click

  • JamlessJoonie
    JamlessJoonie 4 months ago

    I came here for bts but the whole video was a learning experience... I never expected bts to be included in TEDx talks

    Bts is indeed breaking barriers

  • Nimsi Barbosa
    Nimsi Barbosa 4 months ago

    best textalk ive ever sean

  • moon child
    moon child 4 months ago


  • lonely shiro
    lonely shiro 4 months ago

    omg u mentioned bts

  • Kiwi Cucumber
    Kiwi Cucumber 4 months ago

    Wow, two of the greatest things combined.

  • Raquel Elias
    Raquel Elias 4 months ago

    Eu tô emocionada e surtando!!!! Ohhhh talks about BTS WAS SO GREAT! REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME

  • Alex
    Alex 4 months ago

    seeing the title at first i was like "BTS? bangtan sonyeondan? no no it cant be. they probably mean behind the scenes. but then again that doesnt make sense. hmm i better click on it for scientific reasons to find out" and then i clicked and watched and sure enough it was Bangtan boys themselves

  • 평범한한사람
    평범한한사람 4 months ago

    I got chills NO JOKE
    BTS theme on TED??????? This is AWESOME

  • SaRAnG mE OpPArS
    SaRAnG mE OpPArS 4 months ago

    I saw bts I clicked

  • Sury Ponce
    Sury Ponce 4 months ago

    Quiero esto subtitulado >:'v

  • Suzannabanana V
    Suzannabanana V 4 months ago

    I see bts, I click

    I ABSSTAR 4 months ago

    it published 1 month ago???? why am i sooo late???
    BTS in TED TALKss.. sooo proud of them..
    people generally don't like them before listen to them and know about them..
    just break your prejudice and try to find out why??? for what the world is being crazy for a band who didn't even sing in english..
    i am sure no one can but fall for them also ...

  • Виктория Демидова

    херово, когда 95% того, что ог говорит -не понимаешь.

  • IknewJIN wasavampire
    IknewJIN wasavampire 4 months ago

    why tae have his hand holding his crotch 9:50

    • a person
      a person 4 months ago

      I died reading that omg

  • Taekook's Aegi
    Taekook's Aegi 4 months ago

    And how can you compare BTS to McDonalds after everything they've done

  • Foziya Mohamed
    Foziya Mohamed 4 months ago

    I remember when BTS used to be mistreated in variety shows at early debut years just because they came from a small company and recently they been getting invitations from variety shows and they don't even have that ample time since they really are busy.
    On top of that , they have their own variety show as of now. Thank you for featuring BTS on your talk .

  • Tahsin Rahman
    Tahsin Rahman 4 months ago

    *_when and where can i do my ted talk-?_*

  • purplepeaches
    purplepeaches 4 months ago +1

    12:08 "everybody say no!" 😂

  • BTS4minuteKARD Namjoon
    BTS4minuteKARD Namjoon 4 months ago

    I love watching TED talks and I love BTS. Fellow ARMY please watch the whole talk and not just the BTS portion, it is very interesting. The whole idea of this talk interesting. Fellow ARMY, if you enjoyed this talk, please watch more talks. Expand your mind and hear others ideas.

  • Blue Bell
    Blue Bell 4 months ago

    This guy really knows how to get us to pay attention

  • Porrnasian Parapio
    Porrnasian Parapio 4 months ago

    I just came to see if you were gonna smack talk about them😂

  • Sadashya Bisht
    Sadashya Bisht 4 months ago

    Oh me gosh

  • gimme your jams jimin
    gimme your jams jimin 4 months ago


  • Nero.
    Nero. 4 months ago

    Other groups exist.

  • Dambass Jamslol
    Dambass Jamslol 4 months ago

    Anyone else find these sort of insights extremely interesting? It’s like seeing a different perspective of your community.

  • Mer Cy
    Mer Cy 4 months ago

    I love how ARMY become pillars of BTS. How we act together to share the source of information to be known. That's how I understood it. That's how a citizen should learn from. And the journalism/media must do. Not to be the enemy of the citizen but rather be a pillar to support the democracy.

  • Mer Cy
    Mer Cy 4 months ago

    An Army who loves TedxTalks 💕💕💕 What more will I ask for?

  • Cheeseball
    Cheeseball 4 months ago +1

    I was like screaming, there is a Ted talk about bts?! Like wow bts is really really a big impact to the world! I normally don’t like to watch a Ted talk cause I just can’t pay attention to the video and I think it’s boring, but this one I’ll watch the whole thing and pay 110% attention to the video

  • lorry
    lorry 4 months ago

    What's next, bts on national geographic?

  • Paula Contreras
    Paula Contreras 4 months ago

    Oh wow,,,, this is how you know bts REALLY made it

  • Niniii
    Niniii 4 months ago

    This is how ARMY explain BTS to muggles

  • Yabayabayu 0521
    Yabayabayu 0521 4 months ago


  • Infires man's pardon
    Infires man's pardon 4 months ago


  • River Wiles
    River Wiles 4 months ago

    Thanks so much

  • Julissa Ramirez
    Julissa Ramirez 4 months ago

    This will be the only time I will say I love ted talks and that I will willingly watch it all the way

  • Stephanie Sua
    Stephanie Sua 4 months ago

    I talked about The Sam Willows and BTS in my public speaking finals 2 weeks ago. My lecturer told me its a very clever example and suits the audience and I was glad she was open minded about it :)

  • bucca2
    bucca2 4 months ago

    how to get a literal army of people to click on your ted talk: name drop kpop

  • DooriDay
    DooriDay 4 months ago

    2:55 Did he bring that up again? I can't remember

  • Eleanor Timothy
    Eleanor Timothy 4 months ago


  • whinona purple
    whinona purple 4 months ago

    My boys have a ted talk about them,that's a big deal so antis need to love themselves

  • bangtan AMV
    bangtan AMV 4 months ago +2


  • m exarmy
    m exarmy 4 months ago

    Is any army
    Please str**m with us to got DNA MV to 600m
    Please 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Ashlynn Park
    Ashlynn Park 4 months ago

    Who else looked at the thumbnail and thought he was Mr Moseby for a second? 😂

  • Jimins Jamless
    Jimins Jamless 4 months ago +1

    Look at my boys💜 they’re not only being honoured at music awards but even at educational functions!!!! 💜💜💜