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    Ok, some of you folks work in TV, radio or other media outsources, so this question is directed more to you guys 'n gals out there. For the rest of us, this will be more retorical than anything.

    I just read a news report regarding the DCFD. I wont bother posting the article because in essence, its only two lines long. Something about someone in the Fire Prevention Division doing something bad enough to be placed on administrative leave, and an internal investigation has been initiated.

    My question/problem is this: why bother reporting anything at all, when in fact at this point in time, there is no story?

    We see statements like this all the time in the news, and it always kinda erks me that they are made, without being able to wholly substantiate anything other than "Well, we think something happened today, but we don't know what it was or where." Kinda reminds me of Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam. "...Today in Siagon absolutely nothing happened. There was no bomb explosion at Johnny's Place and...."
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    Because,if they didn't report at the first hint of a possible story,they'd risk being scooped by another reporter who did find there was something to it and then they could advertise that"We were on this story from the beginning...."
    I was saying this morning about how news coverage of events like that guy in Michigan the PD was looking for,once they catch him,he's not leaving for another state so that story can go back to local news in Michigan and the national networks can find something else to report on and dissect.
    I don't think that when these people were kids and playing reporters,like normal people play cops and robbers or fireman,when they'd interview family members for their "newspaper",they'd stay on one subject for every issue but would look for different things to write about.
    It seems that they've forgotten about that to the point they have to be directed into finding a story instead of keeping an eye out when they drive around town.


    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    My question/problem is this: why bother reporting anything at all, when in fact at this point in time, there is no story?

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    Posted by Malahat 27...

    My question/problem is this: why bother reporting anything at all, when in fact at this point in time, there is no story?
    One word, Rick... ratings.

    Each ratings point is worth thousands of dollars in advertising revenue. The higher the ratings.. the more the station can charge for ad time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
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    One word, Rick... ratings.
    Yup.......
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    Not sure if this relates to the above story or not, but anyhow, it seems significant.

    Fenty Nominates New D.C. Fire Chief

    POSTED: 6:59 pm EST March 6, 2007
    UPDATED: 12:12 pm EST March 7, 2007

    WASHINGTON -- D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has nominated 54-year-old Dennis Rubin to serve as the fire chief for the District.

    Rubin recently serviced as the fire chief in Atlanta. Prior to that he served as the city manager for Dothan, Ala., the fire chief in Norfolk, Va., the fire chief in Dothan, the D.C. Fire Department and the fire department in Fairfax County, Va.

    www.nbc4.com/news/11186812/detail.html

    Rubin has served as a line firefighter, a company grade officer and a command level officer for more than 30 years.

    The nominated fire chief has a associate's degree in fire science from the Northern Virginia Community College, a Bachelor of Science in fire administration from the University of Maryland and he is currently enrolled in the Oklahoma State University Graduate School's Fire and Emergency Management Program.

    He resigned in Atlanta Tuesday and said his last day on the job in that city would be April 13.

    He will replace Adrian Thompson, who was ousted in December. During Fenty's mayoral campaign, he repeatedly said he would find a new chief.

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    Sorry Malahat this is not newsworthy but if you have some more goods on Anna and Brittany then the ratings will rise and you will have scooped the news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lvwrench View Post
    Sorry Malahat this is not newsworthy but if you have some more goods on Anna and Brittany then the ratings will rise and you will have scooped the news.
    God forbid that I should find a "work" related topic in the news, eh? LOL
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