Monday, March 20, 2006

THV Looking for "Backpack Journalist"

Is this a first for Little Rock TV news? THV is looking to hire a "Backpack journalist". I would call it a one man band so to speak since one would be doing the video shooting, gathering the facts, writing the story then putting the package together. The ad calls it the 'next generation in newsgathering'. Below is the ad from todaysthv.com :

"BACKPACK JOURNALIST - Today's THV and todaysthv.com, the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas, is looking for a "Backpack Journalist" -- a reporter/photographer/editor who will produce content on air and online. As a Backpack Journalist, you'll turn local stories that make a difference. You'll use the latest technology, including lightweight, next-generation photography and editing equipment. The successful candidate must be a good broadcast and print writer who understands storytelling and teamwork. Requirements: A degree in journalism and 2 or more years of experience is preferred. If you're interested in becoming a pioneer in the next generation of newsgathering, send a VHS tape, resume and references to: Mark Raines, News Director, KTHV, P. O. Box 269, Little Rock, AR 72203."

36 Comments:

At 4:52 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Due to cost, I think more orginizations will be going to this.

 
At 5:03 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call it the next generation...I'd call it a step backwards. Don't small markets do this anyway?

 
At 5:12 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great opportunity for someone who only needs $25k a year. Plus, you get to be on TV, that alone should make you want the job. Don't worry, you can move up and out of Little Rock in about 3 years or so, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in.

 
At 5:20 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save the position and let the "Anchors" do it.

 
At 6:20 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

three years?

 
At 6:24 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy.. THV is getting cheap.

 
At 6:24 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so small market. Let Craig O'Neil do it, he does everything else.

 
At 6:28 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't we just let viewers send in their stories. Just run whatever we get. That won't cost a thing.

 
At 7:15 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"three years?"

Well, if you find a way to break your contract - you can do it in two.

 
At 11:10 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will interview you and smile and say, you'll be haring back from us in a few weeks and they won't even waste a stamp on you!

 
At 11:12 PM, March 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will interview you and tell you you will be hearing back from them in a few weeks and they won't even waste a stamp on you!

 
At 7:27 AM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This is a great opportunity for someone who only needs $25k a year. Plus, you get to be on TV, that alone should make you want the job. Don't worry, you can move up and out of Little Rock in about 3 years or so, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in."

This *WOULD* be a great opportunity for little Theodore to earn a few extra dollars. In the meantime, can the Beaver come out and play? Please, don't be so naive - who in the WORLD can survive in LR on $25k/year? Maybe if they're still living at home w/ mommy and daddy rent free and no car payments or debt of any kind. No one is going to want to waste 3 years (according to you) of their life living paycheck to paycheck just because KTHV is too cheap to assemble and pay an appropriate news staff. What a bunch of cheapskates. While their product is still crap, I don't even think KNWA would do something THAT cheap . . . .

 
At 7:34 AM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you know there'll be someone dumb enough to do it, and get trapped there for three years with no way out. Then, they'll be asked to sign another contract for a 500.00 raise that will not cover the general costs of living and increasing insurance costs... But sure enough, there'll be someone dumb enough to do it. RUN!!!!!

 
At 7:36 AM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy.. THV is getting cheap.

What do you mean getting?

 
At 9:08 AM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This *WOULD* be a great opportunity for little Theodore to earn a few extra dollars. In the meantime, can the Beaver come out and play? Please, don't be so naive - who in the WORLD can survive in LR on $25k/year? Maybe if they're still living at home w/ mommy and daddy rent free and no car payments or debt of any kind. No one is going to want to waste 3 years (according to you) of their life living paycheck to paycheck just because KTHV is too cheap to assemble and pay an appropriate news staff. What a bunch of cheapskates. While their product is still crap, I don't even think KNWA would do something THAT cheap . . . . "

Truth is stranger than fiction, and I think the original poster was being a little sarcastic. But not about the pay, I'll bet that's around what they will offer.

 
At 1:51 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called multi tasking. All companies across the board are doing this. They add more responsibility on the "little guy" with a small salary while the main anchors make all the big money.

 
At 1:56 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the previous article on Little Rock market, KTHV grossed the most money? If that is true, then why are they being so tight with money? They only have 3 weather people, and the other 2 stations both have more than 3. Now they want a jack of all trades back pack journalist. Who's putting more money in their pocket here?

 
At 2:36 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the "insider" who said this is "so small market" - this is an across the board deal for Gannett - who, I remind you, owns stations in Denver, Minneapolis, Tampa, etc. Hardly small market. Thank you - drive thru.

 
At 2:43 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet you Denver pays a liveable salary.

 
At 3:00 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most gross/net revenue in the market. Gannett is bleeding red and KTHV black is sucked right up. KTHV cheaped their way to no 1. They succeeded in spite of poor decisions. A real anomoly. Because of these same reasons they will go back down. Apathy and smugness reigns there. KTHV was cheap, now they are cheaper. The product is suffering. And the peeps are noticing.

 
At 3:03 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anomaly...proff reding goon bad

 
At 3:21 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanna see cheap? Try working at most radio stations, if you can find a job, and then see how well you do! Signed, - ex Clear Channel employee.

 
At 3:45 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad Beth Hunt is on KATV, that way I don't have to watch KTHV, they haven't been the same since Abby Gregory left.

 
At 4:55 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"BACKPACK JOURNALIST - Today's THV and todaysthv.com, the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas, is looking for a "Backpack Journalist"

(We're looking for someone who doesn't mind doing a two person job for the same pay)

-- a reporter/photographer/editor who will produce content on air and online.

(Scratch that...a three person job)

As a Backpack Journalist, you'll turn local stories that make a difference.

(You will do your assigned humdrum story about nothing, and confuse our viewers into thinking it is a big deal)

You'll use the latest technology, including lightweight, next-generation photography and editing equipment.

(You will carry around all the equipment yourself, and it's new so you better not break it)

The successful candidate must be a good broadcast and print writer who understands storytelling and teamwork.

(You will not only have to write you own stories, but probably some for other folks too - as our anchors refuse to do anything)

Requirements: A degree in journalism and 2 or more years of experience is preferred.

(If you are willing to work for 25k, and we don't have to pay much in moving expenses, you'll be considered - also known as "the Win Noble rule")

If you're interested in becoming a pioneer in the next generation of newsgathering, send a VHS tape, resume and references to: Mark Raines, News Director, KTHV, P. O. Box 269, Little Rock, AR 72203."

(You can send a tape, and we may or may not look at it - depending on how good looking our next intern is)

 
At 5:11 PM, March 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought all starting reporters in the LR market makes about $25K; I know some produces that make less than that and they are not even on TV.

 
At 7:26 AM, March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad Beth Hunt is on KATV, that way I don't have to watch KTHV, they haven't been the same since Abby Gregory left.

Obviously the ONLY content that you are interested in is located from mid-drift to lower neck area... get a life and move out of mommy's house.

 
At 8:27 AM, March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, to be fair, KTHV hired Gregory for the same "content" reasons.

 
At 2:41 PM, March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little off topic but have y'all seen the Buzz's Babe Bracket? Lots of female newscasters on it.

 
At 8:15 AM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Plus, you get to be on TV, that alone should make you want the job."

The only people that want to be on TV are the people that read this blog.

 
At 9:05 AM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next thing you know, they'll want you to use your own car instead of a station vehicle....

I love how they made this sound so “adventurous” since this is pretty much what a reporter has to do at a small market station…

 
At 9:15 PM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THEY ARE MAKING PROMOS ABOUT A WEATHER GIRL WORKING SEVERAL DAYS IN A ROW, PART OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE PACKAGE I GUESS. I WOULDN'T BE BRAGGING ABOUT IT.

 
At 4:24 PM, March 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELLO THV I KNOW YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG PAGE AND "TONY" CAN BE THE MAN FOR THE JOB AND HE DON'T STAY TOO FAR AWAY FROM THE STATIONA AND HE CAN DO THIS JOB WITH EASE AND YOU GIVE IT TO "TONY" HE CAN GET RESULTS!!!!!!!

 
At 4:25 PM, March 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU NEED "TONY" INSTED,HE HAS A PRESS BACKGROUND AND ALOT OF PEOPLE KNOW HIM!

 
At 9:41 PM, March 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO ALL OF YOU IGNORANT BLOG PAGE HATERS OUT HERE I BELEIVE "TONY" CAN CHANGE YOUR MINDS ABOUT JOURNALIST AND THE WORK THAY DO AND THIS HONORED MAN MIGHT BE THE SHOT IN THE ARM THIS AILING STATION NEED AND GIVE US A BETTER NEWS!

 
At 9:53 PM, February 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the gannett corporation is a 14 up 22 billion dollar media company who can build new stations and also hire and fire talent

the people at kthv are a good group because if they do anything wrong then they're bosses from mclean, virginia will come to little rock and fire them with no exceptions necessary

sincerely,

gannett corporation shareholder and also merrill lynch private banker

 
At 9:59 PM, February 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gannett is 14 billion plus media goliath who needs to build more revenue buying acquiring small and mid sized companies in the media industry

sincerely,

principal managing partner

hawthorne equity group

fairfax, virginia

 

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