Daily Archives: January 10, 2009

Anchor’s Leaving Job He Loves, and Station Wants Him to Stay; Collapse of Real Estate Market Means He Just Can’t Afford It

This may be a first, but it likely won’t be the last time we hear about an anchor, reporter, or other local newser who has to leave a job they want to keep because they just can’t sell their house in the market they’re leaving.  Mike “Jocko” Jacques signed off as sports anchor at WSAW/Wausau last night, regretfully departing a station where he’d hoped to end his career.  “I love the area so much and the teams I cover and the fans and the viewers,” Jacques told wausawdailyherald.com.

Jacques returned for a second stint at WSAW last April, but in the months since has been unable to sell his family’s home in Madison, where he worked for two years at WMTV.  

Mike "Jocko" Jacques/WSAW Photo

Mike "Jocko" Jacques/WSAW Photo

So, for nine months, he’s left his family in Madison, driven to Wausau, and spend his work week crashing in the homes of friends, hoping that something might change and somebody might buy his home, which has been on the market, but, like so many others, simply not selling.

The station had hoped to keep Jacques, but both sides agreed the existing arrangement wasn’t working.  “I needed to bring my family here, but we couldn’t work it out and both parties knew it was coming to an end,” he told the Herald’s Chris Schulte.  

NOTE:  I know of at least two local tv newsers right off the top of my head who’ve taken jobs, but still own homes in their old markets–a huge drag, especially if that house sits empty, forcing you to pay for two homes. I wonder how widespread this is, and if anyone else has been forced to walk away from a job over it.  Let us know.

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Saturday Scoreboard: Local Newsers 1, Atlanta Cops 0

The loud beeping you hear is the sound of the Atlanta Police Department backtracking in a hurry, and declaring the handcuffing and arresting of a WCGL/Atlanta reporter and photog at City Hall was “a misunderstanding.”  The original claim from arresting officers was that GCL reporter Renee Starzyk and photog Jeff Thorn were “obstructing” by entering a public area of City Hall, while working a story on billing problems at the city’s Department of Watershed Management.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today the arresting officer, E.R. Murray, was “told to release the pair after the city’s Legal Department determined they were allowed in the building.  Neither was charged.”  The capture of the whole thing by Thorn on tape certainly didn’t help matters for the city and its officers.  Deputy Police Chief Carlos Banda tells the AJC, “allegedly, there’s a source that told (private) security and the police officer that City Hall was closed except for people paying water bills, and nobody else was supposed to be in City Hall.”      

 

WGCL's Thorn, Starzyk in Cuffs

WGCL's Thorn, Starzyk in Cuffs

Schwaid was firm on his understanding of public access:  “If the public is there, you are allowed to be there.”

 

 

You can read the story on ajc.com.

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Oh, Those Crazy Kids in the Content Center!

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So the gang at Gawker’s convinced that WNBC/NYC’s Jeff Rossen has some kind of brewing feud building with a co-anchor on the morning show.  They’ve compiled a collection of clips that range from completely boring to the mildly odd, but nothing anywhere near the real live YouTube insanity rolling out of the Fox and Friends crew lately.

Watch Gawker’s video here and the now classic–and far funnier–FOX “two fingers” clip here.

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Hey! Aren’t You the Guy from That News Widget On My Computer?

Apparently Yahoo and the folks who make TV sets are determined to hook up, further eliminating the “separate screen” break between your computer and your TV.  According to CNNMoney.com, “nearly every major TV maker announced deals (at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas) to embed Yahoo’s “widget engine” software inside their products to provide content from an unbounded variety of internet sites.”  So does this mean bloggers will be barging onto my TV?  Or local newsers will be popping up more and more on my desktop?  It’s Saturday.  Have I taken on more than I can handle for a weekend morning halfway through my first cup of coffee?

Here’s an analysts takeaway on the deals, which involve the biggest names in TV manufacturing, including Sony, Samsung, LG, Toshiba and Vizio:  “This has great long-term potential for Yahoo, it increases their reach and bolsters their claim to being a ‘three screen’ media company, which is the prize these days.”

Your three screens, of course, are your TV, your computer, and your cell phone.  I guess the message to folks who make their living doing news could be as simple as this:  be thinking about being relevant on all three screens, and you’re staying with the curve in a crazy, scary time.  Tons of upside, lots of new ways and places to tell stories, you’ve just got to know where the news consumers are, and how to get your story in front of them.

KTVK/Phoenixs Yahoo News Widget

KTVK/Phoenix's Yahoo News Widget

 

 

Okay.  Refilling my coffee now.  You can read more on the CES and Yahoo’s Widget deals at CNNMoney.

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