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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


GoLocal's coverage of WJAR Reporter Julie Tremmel has made its way to New Zealand, New York and to the largest news website in the world - the Daily Mail.

Last week, GoLocal broke the exclusive story in an article by Pulitzer Prize winning media writer and GoLocal MINDSETTER™ Dean Starkman, that Julie Tremmel intends to file a grievance against her former employer, WJAR, alleging that she was dismissed without cause. The dismissal comes on the heels of Tremmel's viral smash-hit video on defending yourself from a bear attack last summer, and her more recent, and equally infamous video in which Tremmel, reporting on America's Got Talent auditions, ended the segment by showing off her own attempt at a handstand on camera.

In the past week, Tremmel's face has become known across the globe, as local, national, and international media have reported on her antics, the controversy over whether she should have been dismissed, and the implications that the episode has for the future of news media.

Take a look at where Tremmel has been reported on all over the world, from the New England region to the Land Down Under, in the slideshow below. And if you can't get enough Tremmel, you can check out the edit of her viral bear video over Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" here.


Related Slideshow: Tremmel Goes Global - WJAR Fallout Picked Up Across the Globe

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MSN New Zealand

Julie Tremmel's firing made headlines in New Zealand this weekend. MSN New Zealand cited GoLocalProv's report on Tremmel's grievance and the reactions from veteran news reporters at WJAR like Jim Taricani, who referred to the bear story as "a smudge on our stations reputation" in a Facebook post. 

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Daily Mail (UK)

MailOnline (or dailymail.co.uk) is the largest news site in the world, with a whopping 185 million visitiors per month and 11.7 million daily. Those millions of visitors were amused Monday by the goings on across the pond at WJAR, as the Mail ran a large story on Tremmel leaving. The Daily Mail's mammoth news site linked to the Starkman's story and lavished Tremmel's firing with a large spread, even noting that a petition to reinstate her is circulating on Facebook.

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NY Daily News

New York's Daily News is world famous for their tart headlines and coverage. They hopped on the Tremmel story soon after it broke on GoLocal, knowing it was not to be missed. Their article, "Providence, R.I. TV Reporter Fired For Doing Handstand on Air," ran Thursday, replete with pictures and GIFs of Tremmel and her bear safety video.

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MassLive, a Springfield, MA metro-area news website affiliated with the newspaper The Republican, featured a piece by reporter Ray Kelly on Tremmel's firing, citing GoLocal's exclusive. Tremmel is well known in the Springfield area from her turn on WWLP-TV as a news reporter. Perhaps her fond fans in Springfield will once again accept Tremel with open arms should her suit against WJAR not work out successfully. 

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Jim Romenesko is a Midwestern journalist who runs one of the most popular blogs on media and politics amongst industry insiders. He deemed the story significant enough to garner attention on his site, posting a story on Trmemel Monday entitled "Rhode Island TV Reporter is Fired After Doing Handstand on Air." Romenesko updated the story to include his favorite comment that someone had posted on his Facebook page in response to the story on the firing: "If you send your reporter out to shill for your network’s TV show, there really is no standard low enough to define a firing offense."

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Inside Edition

Inside Edition, one of America's most popular national entertainment and celebrity television programs, ran a story on Tremmel on the air Monday, getting even more dish from Tremmel on the firing. "They did a full blown investigation on the handstand piece as if it was a murder investigation,” said Tremmel of WJAR in the Inside Edition story.  

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The Land Down Under has not been spared the drama of the Tremmel firing either. 9News/MSN Austrailia's joint website ran a piece on Tremmel and WJAR one day after GoLocalProv broke the exclusive on her firing. The Austrailia site included Tremmel in a slideshow of some of the most outrageous news reports from all over the globe. Check out the story here to see Tremmel within a global context of bizarre news reports the world over.

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FTV Live

FTVLive, a national news site dedicated to insider stories from TV news rooms all across the country, cited GoLocalProv in a story Tuesday on Tremmel's firing. FTV noted that at the time of their writing, the Tremmel petition had garnered only 159 out of its goal of 1000 signatures. A long way to go to reinstatement, notes FTV.

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Media Bistro

Media Bistro, a website for news professionals that boasts 4 million registered users, reported on GoLocal's story that Tremmel is prepared to file suit against WJAR. The website, which maintains blogs and updates on all different types of print media, cited Tremmel's quote to Starkman that, “I was terminated without cause from WJAR and my Union and I are fighting it through the grievance and arbitration process in our Contract with the Station."

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The TV Page

The TV Page, another insider media website dedicated to reporting on those in TV journalism who normally do the reporting, cited GoLocalProv's story on Tremmel's firing in a piece on her parting with WJAR and her potential future in news media. Far from making her a persona non grata within TV news, The TV Page predicts her schism from WJAR to allow Tremmel to find her way to greener pastures. "I have $5 that says she will be on air in a much larger market in the next 45 days," says author of the story, and editor of The TV Page, Sean Daly. "Any takers?" The world will have to wait and see.


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