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many people, but it’s not their primary skill that I could see where…the quality might drop as far as editing goes” (Weister, p.12). Harrity trained his anchors to edit on the week of his interview. He, “sat there and watched them cut their own VOSOT. Were they great VOSOTS? No. But appropriate for the air? Yes” (Harrity, p.7). It seems that the news industry is repeatedly choosing quantity over quality. News stations value “one- man bands,” and “hybrid workers” over specialized artists and larger teams of photojournalists because these choices have greater short-term financial benefits. Readers, VOs, VOSOTs, and Packages Conventional local news broadcasts are consistently comprised of four standard elements: readers, in which the anchor reads an account without accompanying video (although usually with an accompanying over-the-shoulder graphic); voice-overs (VOs), which start out like a reader, but transition into the anchor’s voice heard over accompanying video; voice-overs combined with interviews (VOSOTs), which combine readers, VOs, and also a quote from a interviewee; and, finally, packages. Packages require more time and cost more money than other elements of a newscast. Packages are pre-shot, and pre-recorded stories that are essentially numerous VOSOTs strung together 42 by a storyline. Instead of listening to the anchor read, reporters commonly record any voice-over in a package. While packages can produce useful narratives in news, today’s news stations, according to Weister, focus on the production of readers, VOs, and VOSOTs. These types of stories do not last more than a minute, and are cheaper to produce because they take less time to write, shoot, and edit. The decision to run more readers, VOs, and VOSOTs satisfies the needs of news managers who are interested in cutting corners, but it poses a problem for storytelling journalists. Competing Norms and Routines Recognizing the economic influences on television news, one can analyze the norms and routines of journalists in a wider context. Schaefer (2001) noticed that editors
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  • Spring '16
  • Kehe, Weister

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