…now we’ve reached critical mass….
This week, we returned to KGTV for the fourth VJ (or as they call it here), DC (for Digital Correspondent) bootcamp.
There are 10 journalists, camerapeople, editors, producers as well as one assignment editor joining us for the intensive training session to become VJs. Like the rest of KGTV, they will be shooting on Panasonic P2 cameras and cutting it on Final Cut Pro.
When they are finished, they will bring to more than 35 the number of people who have been trained, equipped and fieled at KGTV.
The project at KGTV has so far been an unqualified success.
Ratings are up and the quality of the pieces and the reporting has improved enormously. And we are still just at the beginning. NDs and GMs from across the country, and the heads of station groups have been to see the station and have spoken with ND Gary Brown and GM Derek Dalton and have come away impressed.
Within parent company McGraw Hill as well, the station has received kudos.
Each year, the McGraw-Hill Companies honors a group of employees with their Corporate Achievement Award. McGraw Hill is a big media company. Besides its 9 TV stations, it also has large publishing holdings (Business Week, Aviation Week and others), financial reporting (Standard and Poors), and educational publications; among others.
This year, McGraw Hill awarded its Corporate Achievement Award to KGTV News10, for its “Digital Correspondent Initiative” – read that as the VJ project.
Needless to say, we are delighted.
Congratulations to everyone at KGTV and McGraw Hill who made this possible.