Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Local News Coverage

Local news coverage of the Endings production:

KWTX story


Blogger Jonathan said...

Well, that's nice to get on TV, I suppose. But isn't that rather puny compared to what NPR did?

I realize, of course, you are looking at this from the point-of-view of a subject, not a journalist. And really, I'm happy for you and the local press you got and your 15 seconds of fame. You deserve it -- and far more.

But from the point-of-view of a journalist, these two stories, at least to me, epitomize the wide difference between radio and televison. One tells you something interesting and the other fills up 45 seconds of air-time.

7/09/2008 9:11 AM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Yeah, it's very clear the difference -- radio can spend a lot more time delving into a story, and it's much more interesting as a result.

But -- no pretty pictures ;-)

7/09/2008 9:51 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

no pretty pictures

You sound like a filmmaker.


7/10/2008 10:23 AM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Ha, yeah, just trying to be ironic. Actually, my point was that a lot more people watch the TV news for the brief coverage, pithy soundbytes, and the pictures that go with them...

7/10/2008 8:45 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Very true.

And I'm sure I don't need to tell you, an independent filmmaker, that just because something is popular doesn't mean it's good.

BTW, just in case it's not obvious, I think filmmakers can get far more meaning out of images than TV reporters.

And despite my criticism of the way the TV station handled it, I really am happy for you that you got on the TV news.

7/10/2008 9:03 PM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Well, I hope you know I agree with you, of course. In terms of PROMOTING a film, the more eyes that see the PR, the better. But the quality of the reporting between the two is clear!

Getting on the local news is fun, and it's good for the university. In the end, I don't think it'll open any major or important doors for the movie. I view it as a warm-up for future promo when the movie is done. And it reminded me that I have to be more prepared for each question, and to take my time answering, LOL.

7/10/2008 9:07 PM  

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