Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Putting the 'Porter' in Reporter

Jeff n SticksMy most recent Top Ten, Things I'd Teach Rookie Reporters, has sparked both praise and derision among the chattering classes. One entity even wants to include it in their forthcoming periodical! Among my immediate peers however, I've received warm shrugs and energetic indifference on the subject of my scribblings - a dismissive condition I too often exacerbate with both surliness and silliness. One such occasional partner who tolerates my tone better than most is Jeff Varner, who holds a Doctorate in Southern Man Melodrama. No longer a rookie himself, Jeff is promising a rebuttal of sorts - an itemized account of photog foibles certain to provoke and irritate. Well, Bring it on, Prom-Date! But make sure you include at least one item on that time-honored reportorial role: Support-Gear Portage. Otherwise, I'll be tempted to abandon you the next time some excited waitress erupts with breathless questions about Season 2...

3 comments:

Invervegas said...

I put your list on the wall of our station. Nobody commented... except one person who came up and looked gladly at me, saying "Thank you for putting that up!" And he was our news photog :)

David Boyd said...

Is it just me or does Varner seem to be backward aging? Another year and he'll be reading the Morning Announcements over the intercom somewhere.

Chewie said...

I know better than to wade in the middle of a photog/talkieman face-off at 20 paces -- I just chimed in to say that Jeff's the best thing to happen to local news around here since - well, since I've lived here. He puts several who have been reading the news their whole lives to shame. I'm sure he hears Charlotte, Raleigh, and Atlanta calling. Your job is to drown out that noise so he'll stay. Apply excited waitress as needed.