A Blast From the Past: KOMU

I decided to watch a segment from four years ago from KOMU 8 News at Ten. For one, it was fun to see Jim Riek from the past to see how he has improved as a journalist over the years. Secondly, I enjoy local news, even if it is outdated. It was when I wasn’t a resident, so it is interesting to see the evolution or similarities of the community as well.

There were multiple segments throughout this piece ranging from the Treveon Marshall shooting incident to the alleged iPhone that sent an electric shock that killed a 23-year-old girl in China; however, I am going to focus on the specific coverage of those pieces so I am able to comment on the video usage.

To begin, the Treveon Marshall video was short and sweet for the small space broadcast has for each story, but it was impactful in multiple ways. The coverage showed the vigil that was held for the boy. With that, the reporter took a reactionary video, detail of the candles, while also explaining the significance, and a general overview of the vigil. The coverage of this as a journalist brought in all accounts of what happened and all prospectives. The reporter talked about the incident as a brief what happened. He then talked to the family on what they were hoping to do with the vigil. In turn, they want help raising $6,000 to bury their son. There were also comments of police officers attending the vigil, and also, the investigation of how the police are going about this incident.

The second news I would like to feature is the girl that was allegedly shocked by the iPhone and died. The video coverage of this piece contains images of an iPhone store, a burned iPhone and an electrical cord. These three distinct videos show us the what happened and the who did it. The combination of the Apple store, tying it to the iPhone and finishing with the cords connect an image in the head of the accident. Looking at a journalistic perspective, the main who, what, where, when and how were answered in the minute long brief.

One thing overall that I noticed with this segment was the originality of video is sometimes unavoidable. When there are top stories trending, any news organization would want to cover them; however, how does a local Columbia organization go to China, for example, to get original footage and an interview when there is a language barrier? I thought the journalistic presentation of the accident was a great way for viewers to get interested while also getting a taste of the story. I also noticed that KOMU tries to bring visuals away from the reporter’s face for more than a couple of seconds to help keep the audience interested and help viewers visualize the content. KOMU is also very factual, unlike other news organizations. I began watching a Fox News segment, but it quickly became a debate, and that did not interest me as a journalist or viewer.



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