Daily Archives: January 11, 2009

Standup kid

The technology is always improving.  So why does local TV news increasingly stink as a career choice?  A blog by a Miami TV reporter named Mark Joyella provides a bit of insight.  Though more awkwardly titled than even this blog, standupkid’s localtvnews is full of insight into developing technology, and the ever-increasing squeeze the industry is putting on the personnel who use it.  Because he’s still getting paychecks by committing acts of television, Joyella tends to tread lightly, opinion-wise.  He allows his readers to provide the outrage in the comments sections of his posts.  Here’s a link to his blog.  He’s also on the LAF blogroll to the right.

This was an interesting post from last week.  Joyella lifted a story from Poynter’s site about a South Florida station which used Skype to transmit a live picture via the reporter’s laptop.  She used her cell phone to connect to IFB.  It eliminated the need for a live truck entirely.  See the results below:

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Standup Kid also has some slightly gossipy stuff about the comings and goings of anchorpersons and other employment noteworthiness.  (Joyella may or may not post something about the Executive Producer spot that WGCL is trying to fill.  Word is they’d like nothing better than to swipe an experienced producer from another Atlanta station.  Yeah, that kind of stuff…)

Joyella is an almost hyperkinetic blogger, producing more than two dozen posts in his first six days (including two separate posts about WGCL’s encounter with an addled APD Deputy Dawg Friday). Even if he can’t keep that up  — and we suspect he’ll settle into a more leisurely pace soon — his site will be worth checking regularly as a clearinghouse for the mostly-bad news surrounding the local TV news industry.  Welcome, Standupkid.  We’re not going to make an acryonym for you.