A salute to the journalists. I had the misfortune to have a sick day on day 7 of the protests which I now re-frame as a fortunate day. Many of us have seen the wall to wall coverage of the events of the protests.
We are fortunate as a nation to have the depth and instant access to events covered by knowledgeable talents in addition to the supporting hidden staffs.
One of the first things that caught my eye: One commentator was discussing a scene with another commentator in a split screen discussion. It took me awhile to notice that one was in a studio and one was quarantined at home. Smooth as can be.
I’m in SoCal where we have over ten cities under quarantine. I didn’t realize this network of journalism goes so deep… and wide. While a local station was reporting on one of the cites, breaking news in another local city would interrupt. Then, ‘we need to go to Louisville’ and then we have the police chief of another city.
So what’s the big deal with that in our modern electronic world?
I’ve had experience in public speaking so I think my ear is well tuned. I listened to probably a hundred or more journalists. Some with a camera wiggling through a crowd while clearly describing the situation along with background. Another was helping a troubled victim to wait for the local police commander, “he knows me, we go back 27 years when I was on the beat.” She calmed the victim and a storm.
After 100 different live presentations, I noticed that each was clear, concise, fluent, professional, interesting, experienced, and knowledgeable while covering a variety of topics and issues.
I couldn’t do that, even if I rehearsed one presentation.
My hat is off to the journalists of our world, THANK YOU.
Rich Meyer, Author & Blogger