Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Techmaginary

It may be cold outside, but in Omaha's TV newsrooms, idiotic gimmicks are in full bloom.

Exhibit A: KETV swung into action on Monday evening with Brandi Petersen breathlessly introducing a "7 Mobile Live" report from Lincoln, which ended up being no more than a reporter on a cell phone in a car.

Exhibit B: SuxNews's 5 p.m. Tuesday "I On the Metro" found charisma-challenged reporter Gary Smollen driving down Farnam Street taking cell phone video from the dashboard of his car and mumbling about street conditions. The best part of the whole piece was Smollen's brilliant choice of route: it took him right past Channel 7, giving viewers a nice, long look at the giant "7" logo and "KETV" on the side of the building.

Kudos to both outfits for enriching viewers' lives with this cutting-edge journalism.

8 comments:

Cogitor said...

Yup. As much as I like to look at Tracy Madden, as soon as she teased the Ten at Ten last night, I had to flip the channel. Backpack journalist (what the hell is a backpack journalist?) LeAnne Morman reporting - a term used EXTREMELY loosely about WOWT - about how cold it is, followed by Ann McIntire talking about sledding safety. Really? There's NOTHING more pressing going on that your flagship newscast has to lead with Trite & Tired? Good grief. What crap.

jolly joe said...

Sorry I missed Smollen's report, would have been worth stomaching a 6 newscast to see that flub!
Common sense anyone?

Joey said...

A backpack journalist is supposedly a reporter that is their own cameraperson, reporter, editor, and producer. Which simply means the station makes their reporters do everything, becuase they don't want to pay for any extra people.

So it's easier for Smollen and Morman to just use an Iphone instead of having to setup one of those pesky tripods. An iPhone might be an acceptable camera if there happened to be something so incredible happening and the only thing you had to take video was your cell phone, I could see it. Other than that, don't let that garbage on the air.

Cogitor said...

Amen, Joey. It's horrible. I can only imagine my professors' heads spinning 360s every time 'i on Omaha', or whatever they call that abortive attempt, finds its way onto the airwaves. Garbage. An old Super 8 would look better. They should be tarring and feathering the consultant who dreamed up that shit.

Helio said...

Six news has a new ad that states that they "think outside the box" among other things. Nonsense!

Cogitor said...

Sadly, you can't argue with that. Airing dark, wobbly, out-of-focus iPhone video with equally shitty sound is certainly outside the box thinking for an organization that purports to be a professional broadcaster and practitioner of journalism.

Operation Seng said...

Did anyone by chance see the 7:25 AM Sux report on 1/19/11? It was obviously a taped feed and the tape went to sh!t on them. They ran this piece of trash for the entire 5 minute period rather than returning to network. As a person that once worked in the industry, specifically at WOWT, I know that network does not go to black at that time, but engages in a bit of happy chat between the Today Show anchors and runs a weather "roll" with music. Instead of going back to this and looking somewhat professional, the idiots at Sux remained on broken tape which faded in and out with NO audio. My god how things have changed since I was in the business! Someone's head would have rolled for doing that. Guess they get what they pay for...

theMickey's said...

charisma-challenged reporter Gary Smollen

Ha ha.

Hey, he needs a job.

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