“Normally for a big celebration like this, we would gather a bunch of people and put them on the set and bring out a cake and really celebrate,” said Andrew Felix, WEAU’s creative services director. “However, because of COVID-19 and social distancing we had to do things differently.”
Erik Candiani, marketing director for Gray’s NBC affiliate, said this spot took the entire team to put together, running from one side of the DMA to the other, coming together to shoot 30 people. “This is the kind of message everyone needs right now,” said Candiani.
TV stations around the country are sharing messages of hope and togetherness through their marketing and news coverage and posting their examples on social media. Sometimes, they’re posting funny and creative messages created by viewers. Here are some examples I’ve seen come across my Facebook and/or LinkedIn feeds.
All Meredith news stations are providing viewers with local coronavirus updates every hour via mobile news apps and social channels.
I follow more than 500 TV stations’ Facebook pages and what I see every day are countless examples of news coverage about the coronavirus. All necessary, all important. But what I want to share are examples of the more practical posts on how to cope with the disruptions, and the measures some are taking to help each other.
The one place keeping millions of Americans informed to the rapid disruptions in their daily lives, right down to where they live, is local TV news. And local TV news marketers are reminding viewers of that fact with calm, measured, and reassuring messages.
“We launched the daily stream earlier this week as an additional resource for people to get the latest headlines on the virus from trusted, local news sources,” said Austin Kellerman, Nexstar’s director of digital content. “With all the misinformation out there, this is a way to get trusted information out to the public.”
I’m looking to share how TV stations in the U.S. are promoting and covering the coronavirus pandemic in their markets. You can contact me at [email protected] or call me with any questions at 817-578-6324.
That’s because many travelers who may have been exposed to the virus are being quarantined at two locations in Omaha. “It’s not often that you have a midsize television market playing an important part in covering a global story,” said John Livingston, KETV’s creative services director.