View from inside

The blogger returns to the TV news business Monday.  Here’s a look at what LAF could become after returning to (what others have referred to as) the Dark Side.

Great success!

Great success!

Nothing stirs the blood of a journalist like a good Morning Editorial Meeting!!!  And ours are just the best.  The daybook is packed with lots of cool, newsworthy events.  The assignment editors track the police blotter and tips (why, you should hear the racket back there LOL!!!).  And our reporters walk in with amazing insights into ongoing stories or brand new stuff that nobody had ever known.  It’s so awesome!!! =:)

As a reporter, I love getting out in the community.  Atlanta is just the best!!!  Even the parts of town that are not-so-nice, the people are genuine and down-to-earth (that is, the ones that aren’t selling drugs or hurting each other LOL!!!).  Atlanta is so great.  There’s so much history here — living legends like Joe Lowery and Andy Young and Jeff Foxworthy.  And I’ve been photographed with all of them!!!  OMG!!! I love hangin’ with the celebs.  Sometimes, I can get backstage at concerts or behind-the-scenes at Braves games.  It’s just one of the perks of this job I love so much LOL !!!

The work is great.  I love being on the front lines of important events.  I love being able to bark tough questions at wrongdoers.  I love tying it all together in a TV story — 60 or 90 seconds of “the first draft of history.”  It’s such a huge responsibility!!!

And here’s what’s so amazing:  I work so hard.  The expenditure of energy is constant.  The deadline pressure is well, kind of crushing, really!!! And at the end of the day, I have to put my mug on TV!!!  Can you imagine?  Busting your hump all day, then having to look all pretty for the camera?  I don’t know how I do it!!!  LOL!!!  =:)

Well, thanks for letting me give you a little insight into my busy, hectic life.  It’s non-stop — but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!!!

Gotta go now — that’s my Blackberry!  The old adage:  The phone rings, a story begins!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

Have a blessed day!!!

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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.

13 thoughts on “View from inside

  1. Lauren V.

    I think you should do all of your journalisming on LOLerskates. That is, when you’re not reporting from the company ROFLcopter.

    Okay perhaps we should both stop now.

  2. Consultant

    Things that changed since your last full time gig in TV land.

    All stations are now broadcasting in HD, you might want to consider a little BOTOX, to “freshen-up your image.

    You are now a technician too, so no more excuses about not knowing the ins and outs of the camera, edit gear and, perhaps, setting up your own live shot.

    You will be working for a station that gets a fraction of the viewers your old station gets (not a criticism, it is just the way it is) so don’t let your ego be hurt if you don’t get the same recognition as you used to have.

    If you hated doing a 6:30 pm live shot you really going to hate doing a 7pm hit.

    You will no longer have the luxury of having a photog. pick you up or dropping you off at your home or wherever your social life will take you.

    You will no longer have more than 75 seconds to tell a story; be brief with your self indulging rhymes.

    Remember, a story that takes you outside the perimeter is not an out of town trip as you often considered such assignments.

    Wearing a tie is still NOT optional.

    Have fun and I’m looking forward to seeing you back on the streets. We really miss you.

    1. live apt fire Post author

      Somebody knows me a little too well. But you left out “no more naps while the photog drives you back from Athens / Newnan / Cartersville.” Thanks for that.

  3. Sacha

    The honeymoon will end soon…and you will once again realize you are just a bitch, working for the man. If you please the man, he won’t bitch slap you. If you do the man wrong, he will pimp and bitch slap you.
    Just be ready…in HD.

    1. Dash Riptide

      I know my mind is made up
      So put away your makeup
      Told you once I won’t tell you again
      It’s a bad way…

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