Daily Archives: March 3, 2014

Thumbs up

You still want a live shot on a “missing” woman who actually had left home for a day-long joyride and was found safe hours ago?  You got it!

That could have been my contribution last week to “The Thumbs Up Photog,” a new and probably short-lived blog (so many of the good ones are) that captures some of the essential absurdity of local TV news.

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It does so with a collection of memes featuring a guy on a phone wearing an Auburn skully.  I don’t know who he is, but I like his style.  Update: Damon Young outs himself in the LAF comments.  He lives in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.  He’s a monster on Twitter, with more than 13,000 tweets.  And he’s wearing an Alabama hat, not an Auburn hat. My bad.

His site is pretty new.  If you haven’t already done so, give it a look-see.  I’ll deign to explain a few of the more obscure references.

What’s that? What little info we have on this BS shooting, you put in the anchor intro?  Sounds great!

You’ve seen this live shot.  The producer packs all the available info (which is next to none) into the anchor’s remarks.  The anchor tosses to the reporter live at the shooting.  The reporter repeats what the anchor said, possibly adding “it’s a fluid situation here” or “we have more questions that answers” for some stale flavor in lieu of solid information.

Is that your fifth plate of free newsroom pizza? Sounds great!  This refers to the widespread practice of purchasing meals for in-house staff during extended shifts, while those in the field have to fend for themselves or skip meals.  Frankly, I got tired of hearing this gripe a long time ago.  I’d still rather be in the field fending for myself.

I I think think I I dialed dialed into into the the wrong wrong IFB IFB line line is what’s going one when you watch a live shot, and the reporter immediately yanks the earpiece from his / her ear.  It means the IFB (“interruptable feed back”) line in the earpiece is feeding back the reporter’s own voice on a delay.  It can can completely completely kill kill your concentration when delivering your live remarks.  The “right” IFB line will only feed back studio audio and the soothing voice of a producer in the control room.