Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A New Kind of Newsroom?

Stations in Nashville and San Francisco will train their anchors and reporters to use smaller hand-held cameras and laptop editing equipment in an effort to "maximize each station's news gathering capacity to achieve a higher news story count."

Are we the only ones who think this sounds like the corporatespeak run-up to another "we need to do more with less" speech?

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Will said...

So now, everybody's the reporter (except some anchors, apparently). How's that supposed to work, especially in union shop?

Right idea,actually, although I'd say TV news is stuck in the 1970's rather than the 1950's. That's when stations started going from 16mm film to video tape, doing live remotes, swapping out weathergirls for "meteorologists" and instituting the now obligatory male/female anchor team.

Man1 said...

To my knowledge, limited though it may be, the station thinking of doing the 1-man-band in San Francisco is WOWT's former owner KRON. Now an independent, KRON is most likely looking to save lots 'o' dough by doing it this way. The down side is the 'consultant', Michael Rosenblum, is trying to say that the cameras are basically like a newspaper reporter's pencil.

The other downside is that it gives the impression that anyone can shoot television news, a fact that is sorely mistaken. Some can do it all, some can't. It's become clear to me throughout the years in journalism (an it hasn't been that many, even for me) that there are far more idiots out there that 'like seeing themselves on TV' than those who care about doing quality stories.

Pretty soon Al Franken's one-man newsroom won't sound as much like a comedy sketch.

Rosenblum has several stations he's convinced of this. Time will tell if he does this the right way and it works, or the wrong way and it fails, like several attempts before it.

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