TVNEWSCH4 - C HAPTER 4: DONUTS, BIG FOOT, MU LES, AND THE...

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CHAPTER 4: DONUTS, BIG FOOT, MULES, AND THE BIRD Paragraph 1 -spectacular heroes get the headlines, but it is the foot soldiers who win the wars. In this case, the foot soldiers are the reporters and are known as the “mules” -work long hours, travel far, and carry the burden of presenting stories of significant substance even when they lack glamour and intrigue -as audience shrinks, corporations lay off reporters Paragraph 2 -reduction of reporting staff means a larger workload per reporter -sometimes reporter “fronts” stories, or does stories developed by other staff members paragraph 3 -if mule work well out in the field, reporter may be promoted to “big foot,” a reporter who is sent to the major stories that are sure to attract attention and may become the lead stories on any particular show. -star reporters who earn big bucks but not as much as the star anchor -career success Paragraph 4 -prominent display on the air: clothing allowances, jobs for assistants, and own hairdresser. Expected to pick up on moment’s notice to travel anywhere when news is breaking and still expected to get news on air that night. Paragraph 5 -For openers it can be very dangerous. Statistics on deaths. Paragraph 6
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-more instances of injuries in Iraq Paragraph 7 -Being big foot is still exhausting work. -Difficult to get certain shots or ad lib certain words. Get shots to
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