Breaking news doesn’t come with a bow around it. Breaking news doesn’t happen on any schedule. It doesn’t appear in the newsroom with a set of instructions, a step-by-step guide to how it ought to be covered. There’s no diagram that’s points out what will happen next. It might start with some chatter on the […]
It doesn’t appear in the newsroom with a set of instructions, a step-by-step guide to how it ought to be covered.
There’s no diagram that’s points out what will happen next.
It might start with some chatter on the police scanner. Or maybe a tip from a source. Perhaps a viewer calls an alert.
However it starts, how or when it will end is usually unknown.
So local TV newsrooms have to marshal their forces accordingly. A reporter and photographer here, a satellite truck there, a live truck on standby.
Too much of a reaction in one direction can often lead to not enough resources if the direction should change.
Four hours later, two policemen have been shot dead, another is seriously wounded as is a citizen who refused to allow his vehicle to be carjacked.
After a massive man-hunt, including evacuating a school, the couple was arrested hiding out in a quiet residential neighborhood.
The station also won the regional Murrow award for Overall News Excellence.
As part of its coverage, KCRA laid out a timeline of events, showed live press conferences from the police and sheriff’s departments, got an interview with the carjack victim, and the woman whose owned house where the alleged shooter was captured.