Targeted Special Report Ideas

As we work to clear our heads (and inboxes) after the holiday fog (and eggnog), February is racing towards us faster than a Super Bowl kick-off return (and yes, that’s upon us, too). And so our team at SmithGeiger has a dozen story ideas teed-up to feed your special reports calendar in the coming weeks.

FIX OUR ROADS - http://goo.gl/lxhF4K

As winter brings out the worst in our roads with new potholes forming every day, this TV station takes the problem straight from the drivers to the lawmakers.

 

DANGEROUS DELIVERIES - http://goo.gl/Pxxwjo

Are local drivers from a restaurant chain breaking the law to beat the clock? Undercover cameras at this station catches at least a half-dozen drivers making illegal and careless moves.

 

SPEEDING CYCLISTS - http://goo.gl/q2GhJU

As bicycling grows in popularity, this investigation in New York found many riders aren’t obeying the speed limits in Central Park, a potential issue creating problems in parks around the country.

 

SMARTPHONE RADIATION

Who doesn’t have a smartphone these days? And so grows the controversy as to how much radiation is emitted by these devices, never more than inches away. Below are a series of potential story ideas for on-air, and content ready to catch fire on social media.


WORST DUI OFFENDERS GOING FREE - http://goo.gl/Nfizwd

An investigation uncovers how one of the worst DUI offenders in this market was able to get out of jail following his ninth arrest. Then, the dangerous criminal goes missing. What type of safeguards does your local market have to prevent this from happening?

 

ALL THAT GLITTERS? - http://goo.gl/rXndjO

With Valentine’s Day approaching, this station explores how some diamonds might not be what they seem, and how to know if you’re truly getting what you’re paying for.

 

SHARE ECONOMY GOES HYPER-LOCAL

Here are just two new ways our Share Economy has expanded from things like Uber & Airbnb, to digital platforms that are hyper-local and even a bit neighborly.

 

DISABLED PLACARD CHEATERS - http://goo.gl/ooBneY

Able-bodied drivers using disabled parking placards are costing one city at least $1.5 million every year.

 

LSD TREATING PTSD? - http://goo.gl/ij0cRL

With psychedelics once considered dangerous remnants of the 1960s, the drugs have begun to make a comeback, this time as potential remedies for a host of tough-to-treat maladies.

 

GAMING THE LOTTERY - http://goo.gl/GY1EwJ

A local newspaper analyzed the Florida Lottery’s 20-year database of winners and applied mathematical analysis to reveal that some people were winning the lottery too often, exposing fraud and forcing the lottery to make changes.


BACK PAIN PROCEDURE PROBLEMS - http://goo.gl/nHRSJj

Back pain is one of the most common reasons Americans go to the doctor, and one of the fastest growing treatments is spinal fusion surgery. But it has also sparked a debate over whether some surgeons are performing spinal fusions that are unnecessary and potentially dangerous.


TECH SUPPORT SCAMS - http://goo.gl/Se0xDs

There is a new support scam making the rounds. Cybercriminals are making unsolicited calls to people’s homes to say that they are customer service from Microsoft or Apple and that they proactively noticed a problem on your computer.


Look for an updated list of hot, quick-turn story ideas in early February in our Targeted Special Reports and Recent Posts blog folders.