The burning questions on everybody’s minds right now revolve around the COVID vaccine. Am I eligible? Where and when can I get a vaccine? WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville, Fla., formed a Vaccine Team, consisting of reporters and producers who take calls, emails and texts from viewers and sharing that information on all their platforms.
The burning questions on everybody’s minds right now revolve around the COVID vaccine. Am I eligible? Where and when can I get an injection?
And depending on where you live, the answers are different.
So to help viewers find the answers, WTLV-WJXX, Tegna’s NBC and ABC affiliates in Jacksonville, Fla., branded together as First Coast News, formed a Vaccine Team, consisting of reporters and producers who take calls, emails and texts from viewers and share that information on all their platforms.
“When the pandemic broke, we all thought, ‘just wait until we get a vaccine’,” says Joe Inderhees, the stations’ news director.
“Now that time is here, we are all realizing the enormous size of the job. The mission of the First Coast News Vaccine Team is to uncover new information on production, distribution and availability of the vaccine and then give our community easy access to that information. We are committed to be an advocate by taking questions to medical experts.”
Inderhees says people will learn everything from where to get a shot near them, to developments on more trials and learning new options to become vaccinated.
An email address and phone number have been set up for viewers to contact the First Coast News Vaccine Team.
Kristen Joyal, the stations’ marketing director, says the stations “have been inundated with emails and calls to our normal contact lines, so we’ve created a firstname.lastname@example.org email which is directed to our Vaccine Team and they answer directly, the same is done with our Vaccine Team question hotline. What we’re doing differently at First Coast News is creating a large team from morning to night and behind-the- scenes who are actively investigating, researching and addressing viewers’ questions.”
Joyal says there will be a Facebook Live soon with experts and the Vaccine Team answering viewer questions.
Also on Jacksonville’s WJXX is a new weekly half-hour show at noon on Saturdays, Getting It Done With Ken Amaro.
Hosted by journalist Ken Amaro, who brings 42 years of investigative reporting to the program, the show will include interviews, reports and social listening to provide the audience a voice with commentary from guests and First Coast News staff.
“I have always believed in giving the voiceless a voice,” Amaro says .
“Now, we are showing you what many are doing, in their own lane, to make Jacksonville a better place to live.”
“It is a show which highlights those people and groups working together to make the First Coast a better place to live every day,” says Joe Inderhees, the station’s news director.
“At a time when the noise of misinformation leads to misunderstanding, Ken’s voice is the clarion call for truth.”
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