I'd love to see your story compared to the one by the regular station.Originally posted by Photog Cowboi:
OK...So People take the "No Car Wrecks" Stance...then what? What if you are having a really slow news day (to the point that even bugs have a news story) or better yet...your producer is lazy and yet you hear about the wreck or see it yourself on the way back from another story? Plus...in a smaller market, or any market for that matter, I could see a wreck being covered if even though there are no injuries or fatalities...it is a nuisance to other drivers! Besides, I would rather cover a wreck than do a man on the street (or ask joe blow) story or a good one in which Hay is on fire due to internal combustion (and don't tell me that, that stuff does not happen because I covered a story with a fellow photog in college about that and it was also a story on a station in Phoenix, AZ!!!)
I couldn't disagree more. I covered one on Friday that blocked one of two highways out of town. We also used it as a reminder to be cautious when driving in slick conditions.Originally posted by ransom:
At best a car wreck never rates more than a voice-over. The exception is if someone famous dies or the wreck causes damage to something important to the town.
All the other reasons you listed to cover a wreck scream of small market. I'm not dissing you. Weak news judgement is the biggest reason wrecks make air. It's easy. Simple and fills time.
In a real town with real news car wrecks only make the morning show if they affect traffic to and from work. Even then it's a short V/O.
I used to judge NPPA quarterlies and we'd always laugh when we saw a car wreck as a package. It was an automatic tape ejection!
The problem comes before the slow news day and before you see or hear about the wreck. The problem is that you're having a slow news day in the first place.Originally posted by Photog Cowboi:
OK...So People take the "No Car Wrecks" Stance...then what? What if you are having a really slow news day (to the point that even bugs have a news story) or better yet...your producer is lazy and yet you hear about the wreck or see it yourself on the way back from another story?
Most of the people here are either too comfortable with driving in adverse weather, or they are receint transplants from the lower 48. We have an ariforce and army base on the north side of town. Some of those people have never seen snow in their lives. This was also some of the first snow of the season and people forget how to not be stupid.Originally posted by putmeontv:
Hey "Lost in Alaska", you guys had to remind yr viewers about the dangers of slick driving conditions... in ANCHORAGE? That is too funny.
Why are you writing in cop jargon? You don't actually talk like that, do you?Originally posted by NewsJunkie:
They have to be 802s... I will respond to a 519...
It sounds like everyone has the same general view on what's broadcast-worthy and what isn't.Originally posted by TenaciousC:
I work in a small market, and we cover car wrecks only if there are serious injuries or fatalities, and even then, it's usually just a VO. Our main anchor doesn't like to use car wreck vid during the week, too depressing, he says. Sometimes, though, on a slow day, we do use vid of wrecks w/o serious injuries just for time filler.