Eleven markets (four in South TV News’ coverage area) with FOX owned-and-operated affiliates will soon have another tool in their arsenal in terms of weather coverage: AccuWeather.
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Sabrina Hall, former weekday anchor and reporter at Madison, Wis., station WKOW-TV, has accepted a reporting job at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn.
Hall started last month at the CBS affiliate.
Jackson, Tenn., ABC affiliate WBBJ-TV has tapped Keith Baker to be the news director there.
Industry firm Rick Gevers reports Baker has roots in the area and comes from WCTI-TV in New Bern, N.C., where he served as assistant news director. Baker also has major market experience in Tampa and Pittsburgh.
Texas native Michele Reese has been hired by WREG-TV, the CBS affiliate for the Memphis, Tenn., market, where she’ll serve as a reporter.
According to her biography on the WREG website, Reese had previously worked at KYTX in Tyler, Texas as the 5 p.m. anchor and investigative reporter.
Brittany Bell, a fill-in meteorologist for WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn., has been hired by ABC/CW affiliates KHBS/KHOG-TV as a meteorologist/reporter in the Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers market.
Bell will anchor the station’s weathercasts on weekends and report during the week, according to a press release provided to Arkansas TV News.
It’s a big no-no, and honestly, a Memphis station should know better.
But in a breaking news report on WMC-TV’s website earlier tonight, reporter Janice Broach said “sources” told the NBC affiliate about a man being held in custody in connection with post office shootings last year in Henning, Tenn., that killed two people.
The problem here is a thin line that exists for journalists: anything that isn’t sourced can’t be verified. Saying “sources” in a report is asking someone to trust you, when, if you got the information through the proper channels, you could quote the actual authorities involved.
I’m sure there’s more to this story than meets the eye, but this article highlights a big pet peeve of mine. Unless you work in Washington where power players pass rumors around like party favors (and the Beltway gossip is reportable fodder), don’t use anonymous sources. It doesn’t do your viewers justice, and in the case of WMC-TV, it seriously compromises your credibility.
And yes, this is my opinion.
Motivations run aplenty in the television journalism world. Some want to be part of history; others want to make their own.
Still others find themselves in the middle of situations that escalate beyond their control. Such is the case of former television news photographer Shelton Robinson, who at the time worked for WREC-TV (now WREG). In a recent issue of the Tri-State Defender, he recalls a painful encounter while filming a sanitation workers’ strike:
I was using a Bell & Howell, 16mm hand camera powered by a wind-up spring. When all hell broke loose, I was filming the two groups of people, marchers and those charged with upholding the law, in a bloody fight with neither side ceding ground. One particular conflict was happening right in front of me so I swung my camera in that direction. This involved four police officers whaling on one marcher who was shielding his head with his hands. Off to my right an officer named Wilkinson was being led to an ambulance, blood streaming down the side of his face. When I turned my camera back towards the first melee, a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy was passing in front of me and I noticed his nametag had a strip of black tape over it, blocking his name and his face visor was pulled down.