Backpack journalist wanted
Attention aspiring broadcasters:
If there was any doubt about the way TV news is heading, here it is in black and white from Gannett's WLTX-TV:
WLTX-TV, the Gannett owned CBS affiliate in Columbia, SC is looking for a "Backpack Journalist" - a reporter/photographer/editor who will produce content on air and offline. As a Backpack Journalist, you'll turn strong 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 writer who understands storytelling, teamwork, live TV, and the family values that exist in the South. We're looking for a pioneer in the next generation newsgathering. Please fax or mail resume, VHS tape, and references. (full job listing at S.C. Broadcasters Association; note that the page may change as jobs are added, so you might have to search)Now, there are a lot of one-man bands out there in smaller markets. But this is a top-100 market. And from what I know of the job, that "writing" includes filing the Web -- and quickly. (Hmmmm, wonder what "understands ... the family values that exist in the South" is code for.)
My understanding is that Gannett intends to see if it can pull this off at its smaller stations. If so, watch out. Of course, we know that no one follows what the big G does. After all, no newspapers made major changes after USAToday came out, did they?