Monday, July 04, 2005

Independence Day

From my files (from a friend):

The folks at KOIN are spending this 4th away from the nut (former news director) who wrote this memo back in January. It's one of many I'll pass on from time to time that are just funny.

You will undoubtedly notice that all of the monitors throughout our newsroom have been tuned to KOIN News 6.
No Channel 8.
No Channel 4.
No Channel 12.
No station has even become "the best" by watching its competitors. You get better by watching your own newscasts and working together to make them clear, complete and "to the point". So in that spirit, I expect these monitors to stay glued to KOIN News 6. And that also holds true for the small monitors at your desks.
I also encourage you to ONLY watch KOIN News 6 at home (for your local news). What will that do? Well among many things, it will change your focus inward, allowing you to know what "we have already reported" and "how we can forward a story", instead of being preoccupied with what someone else may have done.

Wondered how he was going to monitor their home viewing.

Just so you all know, KOIN put all the monitors back to the other stations when Managing Editor (still there) John (Taco) Bell came into the newsroom and said something like, "what is this bullshit."

Sometimes life is funnier than art.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday Doonesbury. Hysterical.
Does Trudeau have friends in Portland?

Monday, July 04, 2005 4:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if he then recommended whiting out the other stations/ratings in the Arbitrons to convince themselves they own the market?

That's a pretty hilarious memo, though. I'd jump out the window if I had to work for someone with a worldview like that.

Monday, July 04, 2005 4:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill McDonald said...

"to ONLY watch KOIN News"
From infinitive splitting to executive splitting.

Monday, July 04, 2005 6:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While on the subject of news directors, please clue me in on why KGW is leading most of their newscasts with a cable news reporter. He certainly is a competent reporter, complete with his cable news jacket and foreign mic flag, but it begs the question....Whatever happened to KGW's heavy hitters? The John Beckers, Kyle Iboshis' and Pat Dooris'... they seem to be batting in the bottom of the order. Are they following in the path of Carl Click and seeking other local opportunities? Having worked for years in news management, the one constant reminder from our consultants was 'branding'...imprinting your station, through the talent, logos and promotions into the viewers mindset. There must be something at work here that I'm not quite getting; in the meantime it certainly is creating a great window for KATU and KOIN to market their established reporters.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 7:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't seem so crazy (but I don't know the guy, so maybe it's context). I mean, it's not like any of those stations really offer anything different than any other. There is a reason that the terrible show Becker has great ratings... it's on when all the other stations are doing local news.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Do I feel better.

I always thought one of my "motivational" memos, written in my second week of at the network, at the ripe old age of 26, was the stupidest thing ever written.

Now, I can sleep at night knowing this N.D.'s crapola tops the list.

Thanks for sharing.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger PDX Graphics Guy said...

Oddly enough wouldn't the definition of incest be turning all your channels to your own?

Reminds me of a similar memo I received a couple of years ago when I worked at a local station requiring that regardless where you were on vacation, leave a number so that you could be called back to work. Sorry but when I'm on vacation, leaving a contact number in case Tonya Harding pitches a fit so you could be called in isn't in the itinerary.


Tuesday, July 05, 2005 2:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love micro-managing geeks.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 2:35:00 PM  
Blogger The One True b!X said...

First off, yes I did laugh at Sunday's "Doonesbury". But since it's been mentioned, I thought I'd just toss out a response to the line, "Isn't blogging basically for angry.semi-employed losers who are to untalented or too lazy to get real jobs in journalism?"

Somewhere in the documentary on Thomas Jefferson which aired on OPB yesterday, it was pointed out that when Benjamin Franklin was declined to author the Declaration of Independence, he reportedly said he would never write anything that was going to be edited by someone else.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 2:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when Benjamin Franklin was declined to author the Declaration of Independence, he reportedly said he would never write anything that was going to be edited by someone else

Yes, but, then, B. Franklin was a genius who wrote genuine masterpieces of American literature. Wanna lay odds on any current blogger -- save Norman Mailer on Huffington Post, if him -- achieving a similar status?

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 7:01:00 PM  
Blogger The One True b!X said...

I don't think it's relevant is someone is a genius or not. Readers or the lack thereof, and a track record or lack thereof, will decide the fate of any given blogger. The point is that it's an entirely legitimate position for any writer to take, if they're willing to live with both the upsides and downsides it brings.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 8:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comparison to Franklin was obviously made in order to legitimate editor-less content. There is such a thing as good editing. Franklin didn't need it. Many in the blogosphere do....

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 9:03:00 PM  
Blogger KPTV-Watch said...

I thought you guys might be interested in this. KOIN is looking for a morning news producer:

Anyone need a gig?

Thursday, July 07, 2005 3:05:00 AM  

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