Rock video

There are things TV news can do better than any other news medium. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of knowing where to be with a camera. Last night, WGCL showed that Broad St. in downtown Atlanta is such a place. Harry Samler produced a terrific piece on drug use and drug dealing there– just blocks away from the Federal buildings, City Hall and the state Capitol.

Samler used an old-school hidden camera technique. His photog simply went into a Broad St. business, and shot video out the window. The camera captured street folks transacting drug deals, lighting one-hit pipes, even dropping rocks of crack to the ground and picking them up again. He watched a cop handcuff a guy, then release him. Best of all, Samler somehow convinced a drug dealer to empty his pockets and show him his stash– with the camera in plain sight, and the CBS-46 truck in the background.

The story would have been better if Samler had done an on-camera interview with a Zone 5 cop. But we won’t quibble. This was very nicely done, giving WGCL’s paltry viewership a good reason to keep watching.

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Doug Richards is a reporter at WXIA-TV. This is his personal blog. WXIA-TV has nothing whatsoever to do with this blog, under any circumstances, in any form. For anything written herein, Doug accepts sole credit and full blame. Follow him on Twitter: @richardsdoug. All rights reserved. Thanks for visiting.

5 thoughts on “Rock video

  1. rptrcub

    Even though I’m a print refugee, you hafta give major props to television on certain stories. I am still getting a chuckle about one TV station’s interview with an arrested individual, while he was in the back of a police cruiser, only showing his posterior on camera.

  2. liveapartmentfire Post author

    You may very well have seen this piece three years ago, “ARS.” I didn’t want to steal Harry’s thunder, but a certain ex-WAGA reporter did it in, like, 2005. And he got the drug guys to solicit him and a city council member! Thing is, it was way easy. But good TV, still.

  3. Rick

    Harry’s a good guy. The story must have been an update to the Broad St. story he did a few weeks ago. I don’t work at his station, I run into him every once in a while, and he told me about how he got a tip and got a day, one afternoon, to shoot it. He said he totally lucked out on getting the druggie interview. He made the most of it. Oh yeah, I think he shot the story, or some of it, himself. Anyway, good job.

  4. ars

    No, I mean the actual piece, which is excellent, same pharmacy and all. Of course I remember yours, also excellent. I just remember tuning in to see this story just because of the promos. Anyway, dmr, happy blogging and happy birthday!


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