No sale

Suspicious Package had a hiccup two weekends ago when I produced a piece that was long on earnest effort, but woefully short on humor. It was a solid concept, poorly executed:  Give used-car salesman treatment to a TV live truck.

Though some of my coworkers have tried to console me by suggesting the piece was still interesting, it looks completely flatfooted. I post it below, and welcome your abuse.

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Errin Haines, AP (L)

Errin Haines, AP

The good news: I recovered a bit with another piece (obviously shot the same day by John Samuel, a guy whose talent was badly underutilized on this shoot). This piece explores a theme that I expect to tap frequently: The love / hate relationship between the news media, and pretty much everybody else, including our viewers / readers / listeners.

As we shot the piece, the adorable Errin Haines stopped to chat. Slurping a big-gulp of tea, the Atlanta AP reporter begin to riff on the exact topic I was exploring in this particular Suspicious Package segment.  I obviously need to find an infusion of charm in these pieces.  Perhaps I can recruit Errin as a regular sidekick.

If only she’d shown up for the live truck segment.  She might have redeemed it too.

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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.

11 thoughts on “No sale

  1. arky

    I can’t believe you didn’t “Look Up and Live”(tm). What a terrible example to be setting for the future live truck operators of our nation… at least until we start doing everything by Skype.

  2. AdamM

    Eh… the car salesman thing was really negative. Came off like you realllllllly hate being a reporter & feel genuine disdain for journalism. I missed the point of this one, but did get a chuckle from the 80s styled music edit to the dish.

    Second piece was back on track. Do more of this – offer insight and understanding to viewers. Please don’t make them hate us any more than they already do.


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