To the media bashers, trust me, you guys have no idea what working as a journalists is really about. I am a television news producer and I would say 90% of you wouldn't be able to deal with the pressure and competition of my job for one day let alone day in day out 24/7/365 like I, along with my fellow journalists, do.
Yes, pressure is high, competition is tight and sometimes I do things I'm not the most proud of to get the story, but despite what you guys say, we have standards. Here is the one thing I want to emphasis though about being a journalist that you guys don't seem to understand....we have to be experts at everything. One day I'm covering a plane crash, next day I'm covering environmental laws....what I cover runs the gammet of everything. What you do is you learn what everyone in your newsroom is good at and you gear who does what to those people as much as possible. Usually with any city budget stories I have one particular reporter I try to give it too, I have two reporters who are really good with environmental issues....my specialty is trains, planes, trucks and anything else that moves. We've had three train accidents in our coverage area in the last week so guess who has been working major overtime because I have the most knowledge in the area.
As far as calling and claiming "my wife was on that flight". Yeah, some journalists will lie like that...I won't...but some will. It depends on how much of a conscience you have. I don't because I'm a big believer in karma and if I do that it will come back to haunt me....perfect example...we kicked our competitions rear on a story about the mayor a few weeks ago....no more than 30 seconds after the story was over my phone rings "Hi, this is so and so from the mayor's office....what was that story you had about us"....my response "Mayor's office eh, I'm looking at caller ID
...since when did the mayor have the same phone number as Channel 7....guess the mayor will just have to watch the story when we rerun it at 10". That's how competitive our jobs are....I'm not justifying it....I'm just saying don't judge all of us over a few overly aggressive bad apples. Plus, not to sound high and mighty, but you may say you hate it when we do that kind of thing, but millions and millions of dollars of research proves the exact opposite....viewers love it when we do that kind of thing....you just say you don't like it because you don't want to admit it how far the spirit of competition is embedded in American culture, that's why reality shows are so hot...deep down inside people love to see other people get embarrassed and compete at all cost.
Mizzou65201: sounds like your j-major yourself....what are the chances we crossed paths as I am less than 14 months out of the KOMU experience my self? What sequence are you....I bet we know a lot of the same people if your a broadcaster.