Mesh Without Wires

February 2, 2010

How to Report the News – About Crime Cameras, or Virtually Anything

This hilarious video was making rounds on the internet over the weekend. While it reminded me of reports on local news, it is also quite apt in highlighting many of the “crime camera” news stories. “Dowdy kitchen man” is often replaced by a representative of a local ACLU chapter and/or by a police officer, who may or may not sound defensive depending on the tone of the newscast. [Warning: the BBC video below contains R-rated language.]

Compare with:

Austin, TX

Lancaster, PA

Cincinnati, OH – Follow the link

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1 Comment »

  1. That is spot on when it comes to local news reporting… very funny!

    I can’t really fault the reporter, though — it’s a time crunch for them to get those stories loaded and ready for the 6 o’clock news. And I wonder if consumers like formulaic stories as well because they are comfortable with that model of receiving information? Nonetheless, the reporters really should be switching things up sometimes…

    Comment by Geoff — February 2, 2010 @ 12:17 pm | Reply


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