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  •  Now that I work in a radio newsroom there are (27+ / 0-)

    things that surprise me about them.

    The first thing is that I know a lot less about what is going on than I used to. We spend a lot of time finding different stories to cover without going in depth on most of them. We also look for sound which gets more coverage from us while those without don't. Add in the fact that the most time we spend on any given story is 4-5 minutes, mostly it's 1-2 minutes, and you don't have the time to really flesh it out.

    I have also found that anchors don't know nearly as much about a story as they should.If we talk about a story about voter ID they don't know that this has been a tactic of voter suppression and is essentially a poll tax.

    Another propblem is that when a story has been covered before unless there is a majr development the story doesn't get continuing coverage. They want atories to be very current or even breaking.

    It's been eye opening and quite dispiriting.

    I was Rambo in the disco/ I was shootin' to the beat/ When they burned me in effigy My vacation was complete. Neil Young

    by Mike S on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 11:24:33 AM PDT

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