Target’s attempt to initiate a gun ban in their stories before the July 4 weekend came back to bite them when gun rights groups picked up hamburgers and buns on their way to their Fourth of July BBQs while armed.
It’s hard out there for local reporters. You have to deal with inclement weather, crime scenes, and drunken “man on the street” interviews. The last thing these intrepid storytellers need to hear is double entredre from a colleague after a harrowing live shot.
When a nation hosts 32 countries to compete in a World Cup, not only does it need to accommodate for the hundreds of players and staffs, it also needs to brace itself for a deluge of negative coverage by the thousands of news outlets, all with their own ideological bent.
Local reporting is like community service, but with more make-up. Volunteerism inspires the truly great local reporters to seek out and report on topics ranging from serious problems such as a community’s dangerous pot holes to lighter fare such as the local pet show. People will climb over one another to report from a red carpet, but it takes a certain someone with a sterling community service record to share stories of people in the community.
Woo Pig Sooie, indeed.
While America is counting on Miss Goodman to report on the once-and-future Hillary, residents of the great state of Arkansas look to KHOG’s Paige Preusse to report on their own daily happenings.
The journalism industry’s Holy Grail is Matt Drudge linking to your story. And KXII’s Allison Harris report on the heartbreaking story of a Texas family fighting for their child’s healthcare after it was canceled by Obamacare was a Drudge favorite.
There are many paths for a young, optimistic journalist to take on his or her path to a network news anchor’s chair. While some can afford the advantage of nepotism, others toil for years by erecting a career in small and mid-sized markets before making the leap to the big show. It’s pretty much the plot of Anchorman.
But before even a greenhorn journo can begin reporting live from the Poughkeepsie livestock show, they start as the lowest of the low rungs, a Production Assistant. This week’s local reporter spotlight shines on WHDH’s News Coordinator and aspiring entertainment reporter Breana Pitts.