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Regional Murrow Awards Wrap-Up, 9 Markets

I’ve created a monster. Namely, writing about TV stations that won the various regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

I have already shared dozens. But I can’t share all of them.

I do like to spotlight award-winning work, whether it’s news promotion or news coverage examples, as I believe looking at work deemed excellent by a jury of our peers helps everyone improve their craft.

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WCVB Wins 8 National Headline Awards

WCVB, Boston’s ABC affiliate owned by Hearst, won eight National Headliner Awards for outstanding journalism.

Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.

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WCVB Special Covers Legalized Marijuana Issues

WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, tackles the major issues, concerns and questions about legalized marijuana in a one-hour special tonight at 8.

NewsCenter 5 Primetime: Mass Marijuana covers several topics related to the upcoming start of retail sales of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts and explores medical marijuana, which was previously legalized there.

The special will explore the history of marijuana, from the anti-pot movement to the cultural changes today that led to voters approving recreational marijuana; the newly released regulations for recreational marijuana from the Cannabis Control Commission; and the continued controversy over medical marijuana and the debate about potential benefits to one’s health.

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Creativity, Flexibility Drive Best News Topicals

This is Part 4 of our five-part series, Building Viewership with News Topicals. Read Part 3 here.

News topicals can take many forms.

Some creative services directors and topical writer/producers say recording the main news anchor sitting behind the anchor desk works best for their station.

Others see value in shooting their news anchor in the newsroom, cinéma vérité style.
And other stations try to feature real people and sound bites, along with reporter teases from the field.

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Finding And Keeping News Topical Writer/Producers

This is Part 3 of our five-part series Building Viewership with News Topicals. Read Part 2 here.

Creative services directors are finding it harder and harder to find good news topical writer/producers.

Some grow their own, plucking them right out of college, perhaps as interns, and train them. Others look internally, finding someone already at the station who wants to be creative.

With bigger salaries to offer, CSDs in bigger markets have the ability to recruit from smaller markets, but that presents challenges, too.

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Building Viewership With News Topicals, Part 1

Tonight at 11, there’s a big change in the weather forecast.

That’s one of the better 4-second news topicals you can write.

Granted, not one you can use every night, only when conditions warrant, yet weather is the main reason people watch local news, and a ‘change’ in the forecast creates a thirst for news.

News topicals, those ubiquitous promos embedded in programming enticing viewers to watch the next newscast, have been a staple of local TV news since forever.

Effective topical news promotion can lead to sampling, and during sweeps, possibly into ratings.

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WCVB Airing Boston’s Tree-Lighting Concert

WCVB’s annual live broadcast of Boston’s official tree-lighting concert is airing tonight starting at 7. In addition to it airing on TV, the event will be live streamed on WCVB.com.

WCVB is Hearst’s ABC affiliate.

The tree-lighting will take place immediately after a live concert with performances by Grammy Award Winning R&B Group, All-4-One, the Boston Pops Gospel Choir, and several other top named acts.

There’s an interesting back story to the tree that will be lit in Boston Common and the Public Garden.

The 53-foot white spruce tree is a gift to Boston from Nova Scotia as a thank you for sending emergency aid to the province after the explosion in Halifax Harbor 100 years ago on Dec. 6, 1917.

Within 24 hours of the disaster a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel was making its way from Boston to Nova Scotia.

The broadcast is made possible by a partnership with WCVB, Boston Parks and Recreation, The Province of Nova Scotia and Magic 106.7 FM.

 

New WCVB Promos Are Authentic, Thus Effective

Harvey Leonard, Ed Harding, Maria Stephanos and Mike Lynch.

When you want to know what someone’s really like, ask the people they work with.

Your co-workers probably know you better than your wife and kids. Because, after all, you probably spend more time at work than at home.

That’s the creative behind these new image spots for the main anchor team from WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston.

And they work. No hollow claims, no research-driven buzz words, only the observations of co-workers in their own words makes these spots, and the people in them, believable, real, and genuine.

Russ Nelligan

Russ Nelligan, WCVB’s creative services director, says when anchors have been on the job long enough, it’s easy to assume everyone knows who they are.

“WCVB is blessed with people who have been reporting in Boston many years. We decided to take a step back and ‘introduce’ our anchor team to the viewers. We thought that having their co-workers drive the narrative was effective, in part because they really appreciate each other’s strengths.”

I was able to talk to Nelligan on the phone at length about these spots and I was struck by how well he knew the members of his main anchor team, anchors Maria Stephanos and Ed Harding, Chief Meteorologist Harvey Leonard, and Mike Lynch, WCVB’s spots director and anchor.

There’s an old adage about sales — a good salesman know his product, and you can tell that Nelligan knows his front-line people well. The only way that happens is to be around them in the newsroom.

“They are smart people and they are very genuine,” says Nelligan.

“You don’t have to be around Maria too long before you realize what an exceptional human being she is. She is the kind of person who you meet and all she does is ask about you. As a result, she just has this way of drawing people out.”

When talking about co-anchor Ed Harding, Nelligan says he’s been in the market a long time and is hard working. “Ed is just like this Energizer Bunny.”

Chief Meteorologist Harvey Leonard has been forecasting the weather in Boston and New England for 40 years. Nelligan says Leonard still gets excited when it’s about to snow.

“He is just really into it, but is so worried that people are depending on my forecast and I have got to get it right. The other meteorologists in town have just the utmost respect.”

According to Nelligan, Mike Lynch is an institution in Boston when it comes to covering the major pro sports teams, but “has carved out a niche covering high school sports for more than 30 years.”

WCVB Named ‘Station Of The Year’ — Again

WCVB, Hearst’s Boston ABC affiliate, was named Station of the Year, for the fifth consecutive year, at the annual Sound Bites Awards presentation by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association.

In addition, WCVB won seven first-place awards and three merit awards for its work in news, promotion and community service.

“There is certainly no greater honor than being recognized by your peers for excellence in the work we do,” said Bill Fine, WCVB’s general manaer, “and I am grateful to the MBA for their recognition of the dedication and hard work of the entire team here at Channel 5.”

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Inside A High School TV Newsroom

Once a week at Ocean City High School in New Jersey, students put together a newscast that features news, sports and weather. It’s in HD, with edited segments, read by anchors live from the studio.

It’s called Current OC.

The pressures are not much different than what personnel in local TV stations experience.

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