Here’s the headline: End Of Discussion!
Yesterday, our regular reader from Fox wrote to me:
The day that paper, or any other in the country, covers the headline story of the day, every day, with a video version, is the day your empty claims will have validity.
So far you, than they, are batting zero.
Ironically, on the same day, I received emails from John O’Boyle, a videojournalist at The Star Ledger and Seth Siditsky, who is running the video project there. They both wanted to inform me of the paper’s video coverage of the paper’s front page story for the day – the sentencing of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James.
Thought you might be interested in this.
This week former Newark mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to prison for
All the tv stations were at the courthouse, most with 2 cameras.
But only two stations had any video on the web and that was just the
recycled 5pm newscast report.
Our video reports started being posted at around 11:30am with “raw” video of
the defendants and the prosecution walking in the courthouse. (notice the 4
camera angles of Sharpe James entering)
Here’s a summary of what was available on the web:
Channel 4 – no video
Channel 7 – 5 o’clock news report
Channel 2 – 5 o’clock news report
Channel 5 – no video
Channel 9 – no video
News 12 – must be a Comcast or Cablevision subscriber or pay a fee to access
-James, Riley and Christie enter courthouse
-Ledger Live report
-Joan Whitlow analysis
-Report on a family living in one of the run down apartments involved in the
illegal land deal
-Full video recap of the day’s events
So the newspaper folks who “can’t shoot news” on video had “raw” video of
the defendants and prosecution entering, a noon newscast, expert analysis, a
feature on the people impacted by the crimes followed by a full narrated
report of the day’s events.
A few minutes later, Siditsky’s email arrives:
So I’ve had a few people here comment on how we’ve been criticized on not
being able to do news related video and yesterday was a pretty good example
of what we can do.
So I’m passing it along if you are interested.
Links are blip when I have them or the NJ.com video links.
The former mayor of newark was sentenced to 27 months in prison yesterday.
In addition to regular still and writing coverage, we had 4 videographers on
Clips of every key player walking into court in the morning and available
for use in Ledger Live at noon.
And in the show we sent a VJ and reporter to one of the shoddy apartments
that were in question with corruption case
Then after the verdict came down in the afternoon, we took one of our
columnists and brian and did this
And produced a wrap-up video of footage and press conference info (with
You are not going to get that kind of coverage with that kind of depth from
any tv station.
Need I say more?
I would say that our ’empty claims’ now have validity.
When we started with the VJ concept, first it was the ‘quality’ issue. As you can see from any of the pieces posted here, that is not an issue. The doubters then retreated to the ‘breaking news’ defense. ‘OK. It’s ok for features but not for ‘real’ (ie, headline) news.
We have now laid that one to rest as well.
All in all, I think, point, set, game and match for the journalists at the Star Ledger.
As we say here in Tuscany, Mazel Tov!