Monday, July 11, 2005

We Need to Get This Straight...

We've had a number of people who call for "pooling" resources.

Sometimes we do - in courtrooms, some hospital things (interview with a victim, special surgery, etc.), when it's a size (how many reporter/photographer teams in a room) issue, or someone wants to talk to someone but make sure everyone else gets it. When those things happen, phone calls get made, logistics get worked out and everyone gets everything in time. Only on a few occasions in the past did a station or newspaper hold out past deadline, then there were screaming fits, but for the most part, we get along that way. (Want to share those stories?)

Why we won't - we're still trying to beat the pants off of each other, we want to slap the word exclusive on as many stories as we can, we want to be first.

Yes we may look the same during a big story, and show you the same stuff, but if you really watched close enough, you'd see big differences, as we do, in context, reporting and producing styles, graphics, hustle, etc.

The only time everyone shared during a huge story was 9/11 when the networks said, after we show it, you can use it. That would only happen here in extraordinary circumstances.

Only 6 & 12 have shared video arrangements, or did (channel 18 is what insiders called the agreement). We share traffic cameras, thanks to ODOT, but that's it. And that's the way it's likely to stay.

12 Comments:

Anonymous viewer said...

Remember back in '96 when the deranged individual was shooting people in the KOIN tower, and KOIN couldn't go live because it was part of the story? I remember that KATU and KGW went all out with the story until 7 p.m. The gunman was arrested about 6:35. Then at 7, both KGW and KATU went to regular programming and let KOIN have the stage to itself. I thought that was pretty amazing. Not exactly pooling, but certainly a show of cooperation in extraordinary circumstances.

Monday, July 11, 2005 3:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mediawatch... Where's Jeff? Isn't this a sweeps period. One week is weird, the start of week 2 is bizarre.

Monday, July 11, 2005 5:24:00 PM  
Anonymous dotyoureyes said...

It's only a sweeps period at KPTV.

Everyone else doesn't give a shit about July, because overall viewership is so low in Portland over the summer.

But if giving away teeth whitening and DVD players every night makes the 12-ers feel better, more power to 'em.

Monday, July 11, 2005 6:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no.. here come the FOX 12 attacks. Why do they have to be the center of attention all the time?

Monday, July 11, 2005 6:41:00 PM  
Anonymous lovehaterelationship said...

Seriously, I have seen more talk about channel 12 than any other station...I guess the people that love it, really love it, and the people that hate it, really hate it! Any reasons for that?

Monday, July 11, 2005 11:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a TV viewer, seeing the same thing on however many different stations is boring. I think when most viewers see the same picture being broadcast on 3-4 different channels, paid programming on a few others, home shopping and Spanish on the other low-power satellite-fed UHFs, they would do as I do - turn the TV OFF... that means everyone on TV looses.

Before this comment gets bashed, cross-examined, etc., I should mention that special situations like Sept. 11th are completely different... I was listening to the radio all day that day (at work), and I don't know how many stations were all broadcasting the exact same feed from the exact same station.

Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Alan DeWitt said...

As one of the people who has used the p-word, thanks for the explanation. I understand the reasons why pooling is frowned upon, and they're valid reasons within the current TV news competitive business model.

Thing is, from my point of view the current TV news business model itself is not working so well. Many claim that TV news doesn't do well at public service, and many claim that viewership has plummeted over the last decades. Those claims (if true) strike me as evidence of the failure of the competitive business model, and therefore TV news needs a new business model if it is to survive as a significant medium. What I am suggesting is that the new model be more cooperative in outlook; pooling is one way stations could start down that path.

(Obviously some competition is a good thing, because the public would not be well served by a single news source, but there are also tangible cost savings that could come with cooperation. That truck that got hosed in Donald is a good example. Someone claimed almost $200k in equipment damage, and I imagine that truck cost at least twice that much to equip and put on the road in the first place. If stations cooperated on field work, there could be less expense for trucks. I'm sure y'all could think of something else that money could do to improve the news.)

Monday, July 18, 2005 3:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was also the unique offer by tv stations to share video or cover big breaking news stories for KOIN when KOIN lost a true friend and trusted assignment editor Scott Jacob. People from every station loved him and offered to pitch in so his friends and coworkers could go to his memorial service. It's funny how, once in a great while, things (including our competition against each other) can be put into perspective by events like 9/11 or the untimely death of a super cool guy who made our days a little easier to deal with. I'd give away the number one spot to any station any day to have Scott back. He would have LOVED this blog, by the way.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 12:58:00 AM  
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