Scripps is Coming

I'm working at a Journal Broadcasting station. Journal is 'merging' with Scripps. As Scripps has acquired a number of other stations recently, I'm curious about the merging of the two cultures.

Once upon a time, I worked for Scripps and was there when they went MMJ so I am aware of the possible changes headed our way:

MMJs and 'MMJ University'
Associate Producers and Content Coordinators
Producers who edit parts of their shows
Anchors who shoot some of their own stories
Hubs for Master Control and Art/Graphics
Final Cut Pro Editing
JVC GY-HM700+ Cameras

After they take-over/merge...I'm wondering what the general timeline is for implementation of the Scripps model. Basically: how long before reporters are required to become MMJs, we switch to JVC & FCP and they lay off the edit staff to implement the AP and CC model.

Also, curious if Scripps stations are still as rigid when it comes to MMJs, Producers editing and Photogs essentially getting VOSOTs/Breaking News/Live Shots and rarely working in a team.

I realize that every situation/station is different...just looking for a general idea of how new stations are brought into compliance.


A/V Looping Help Needed


I'm hoping someone on this forum can help me out.

I'd like to research a way to take multiple video files and have them play continuously on a television set. I am hoping to put these files on a server and have them loop 24 hours a day. I'll need to be able to add and subtract videos from the loop. Any ideas where to start?


Avoid the pack

When you’re just starting out as a TV journalist, one of the hardest things to do when you’re on assignment is to strike out on your own. If you hang around with the other reporters, the thinking goes, you’ll learn from what they do and you won’t miss the big story. Or will you?

Matt Mrozinski, chief photojournalist at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, says breaking free of the “gaggle” can be the best way to find the real story. On one assignment, for example, while everyone else waited by a command post Mrozinski says he was out with volunteers looking for a missing child. I imagine he got much better video and sound than his competitors.

If you just can’t pull away, Mrozinsky says, at least take time to look around.

The next time you’re at a crime scene, take a look at the cameras that line the yellow tape and rarely ever leave.  If they would just glance over their shoulder, the story is behind them.  People are waiting to model your wireless lav and are glimmering with reactions and moments.

When I share similar advice with journalists, I urge them to “do a 360″–turn all the way around to make sure they’re not missing something better than what they’re getting. You’d be surprised how often that simple technique turns up something unexpected and memorable.

Here’s an example. Reporter Brahm Resnik of KPNX-TV in Phoenix was covering a news conference on the results of a court case blocking the state’s governor from denying driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Instead of focusing only on the podium, he turned his attention to the audience.

“I saw several people crying. I pulled one of the gals outside and she again couldn’t stop crying, she was so happy, thrilled that it had happened,” he told  Talk to people one-on-one, he says, and you’ll get a better story.

You don’t want the sound of a somebody standing at a podium, you want to talk to people away from that….At news conferences, always, always be observant for the person you think would be a great one-on-one. Otherwise they’re just performers; they’re reading from a script.

Try it, and see if you don’t agree.


NYC Crew Gets Extreme @ The Water Park

Water Park Vernon NJ nyc new york crew new york Go To Team Extreme Water Park Action Park  video camera crew GTT NYC recently slid over to Action Park in Vernon, NJ to feature the park on an episode on Extreme Water Park.  The park is the source of many urban legends back in the 80′s for having some down right dangerous attractions. Water Park Vernon NJ nyc new york crew new york Go To Team Extreme Water Park Action Park  video camera crew  The safety has been upped since, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still have extreme rides.  Using a Canon C300 and a ton of gopros we captured people going down the Zero-G.  The ride loads people into a capsule, the bottom then drops sending them down 30 feet before the twist and turns start on the slide.  Definitely not for the faint on heart.

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