WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, sent a news crew down to three countries in Central America, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, to report what conditions are like there. WPIX reporter Cristian Benavides and photographer Kenneth Pelczar spent a week there in late April. Benavides and Pelczar did live reports from the ground while there and, on their return, are sifting through all the material they gathered for a series of reports on WPIX’s newscasts titled, Trapped in the Triangle.
Not many local TV marketing departments get the chance to create long-form content like a four-part documentary. But the team at New York’s WPIX welcomed the challenge. “I think if you went to most creative services shops in the country, you would find a lot of frustrated filmmakers who would be dying to do something like this,” said Heath Benfield, the series creator.
WPIX’s David Hyman, the station’s VP of marketing and creative services, will be inducted into the NY NATAS Silver Circle, an honor bestowed on those who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry and have made significant contributions to the New York television market.
Images from five high-profile news stories are the basis of a new mobile print campaign for WPIX being seen all over New York City. The station’s coverage of these stories is paying dividends. “I think it has a lot to do with why people are watching PIX and why our ratings are improving,” said David Hyman, WPIX’s marketing and creative services VP.