TV news is dead and there isn’t a defibrillator with enough volts to bring it back to life. Are there ways to improve TV news? Sure, but those hypothetical improvements aren’t going to do enough to capture the attention of my generation, a generation familiar with getting any bit of information or story online with the swipe of a finger. There’s simply no reason for me to sit down and wait for a local news broadcast at 10 PM when I can get any and everything discussed or shown on that broadcast online and that’s the reality that TV news will face until the internet goes out of business.
On top of that, I think a major issue with TV news is the oversaturation of markets that don’t have the journalistic talent to support numerous local news agencies. I happened to pass by a TV displaying a KFOR broadcast talking about the Marcus Smart incident and the whole segment was laughably bad and cringeworthy. The graphics package appeared to have been made by a 12-year old with photoshop, the reporter had her facts wrong and was stammering and I walked away having learned nothing new or interesting about the story. The TV had the same channel on when I got up in the morning and the first thing I saw was an onsite reporter giving her first hand account on what it was like to be outside in the cold.
I do everything possible to avoid local news broadcasts and when I am forced to watch them, I annoy my family to death by criticizing the grammar, delivery, veracity and relevancy of every story told. I think it’s swell that Jeff Jarvis is trying to come up with ways to bring TV news back to the forefront, but outside of having Ron Burgundy tour across the country doing local newscasts, there’s nothing this medium can do to reel me back in.