Posted on October 31st, 2016 By Gina Miller
All of a sudden it's November. With the holidays approaching and a Presidential election, it's helpful to have some quick-turn stories to help you power through this month and beyond.
Voter Selfies - is it illegal in your state to take a selfie in the voting booth? Did you know that in Texas you can't even take a photo within 100 feet of a polling station? Let your viewers know what they can and cannot do on Election Day.
Election Stress - from your friends posting their political opinions on Facebook to watching the debates, is 'election stress' really a thing? Apparently so.
How To Teach Students About The Election - whether its teaching students about fact-checking or understanding the importance of a healthy debate, the election offers a historic opportunity to teach students about the U.S. electoral process.
Holiday Airport Safety - with holiday travel season right around the corner, just how safe is your airport?
Posted on May 9th, 2016 By Chris Archer
With every day becoming more of a battle in May, our team at SmithGeiger offers some armor in the form of 10 potential quick-turn stories ideas from around the country...
BEVMO WINE WORRIES
A class-action suit alleges BevMo! is displaying prices for bottles with wine ratings for specific years that don't match the bottles on the shelves.
A widow has a warning for anyone dialing 9-1-1, as states and the feds work to deploy the next-generation emergency system.
SWADDLING & SIDS
It's a technique many parents use to soothe their newborns. But a new analysis of recent studies shows it may increase the odds of SIDs.
Posted on April 11th, 2016 By Chris Archer
We call these our let's-put-them-on-the-white-board considerations as you finalize and boost your May planning calendar...
CANCEROUS CAR SEATS
Parents are being left in the dark about cancer-causing chemicals in their children’s car seats, even after companies are served with violation notices.
DAYCARE REGULATION LOOPHOLE
Most day care facilities are regulated by state agencies. But religious day cares in six states face little to no regulation. Where does your state fall?
AEDs OUT OF SIGHT?
They can save your life, but about 20% of automated external defibrilators aren't easy to find according to this investigation.
BODY CAMERAS: WORTH THE COST?
Now that police body cameras have been deployed for about a year in this market - and others - a check-up finds things aren't perfect and perhaps not worth the cost.
Posted on February 1st, 2016 By Chris Archer
At the half-way mark in February, our SmithGeiger team offers 11 potential quick-turn stories from around the country to juice your promotional and planning calendars...
GET YOUR UNCLAIMED MONEY
With billions of dollars up for grabs, this story exploded on social media and prompted tens of thousands of inquiries by viewers in this market.
SEX OFFENDERS STILL ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Some states ban sex offenders from using social media, but this investigation reveals many are still online, and authorities aren't actively tracking them.
FITNESS TRACKER PRIVACY
Tens of millions of people wear a Fitbit or similar technology, but the information it tracks can be used against you in court.
Posted on January 6th, 2016 By Chris Archer
Suddenly it's January, and you've noticed your planning calendar is still recovering from the holidays. Our team at SmithGeiger has swept the country and offers these 10 story ideas
HERE COMES... LA NINA
As the effects of the most severe El Nino in almost 20 years reverberate around the country, preparations are already under way for La Nina.
WI-FI TOY PRIVACY CONCERNS
What did your kid unwrap this holiday season? Why some new Wi-Fi enabled toys come packed with new privacy concerns.
VIRTUAL REALITY 101
Why Facebook is sure that virtual reality is the next big thing, and how you can get your hands on the latest technology.
Posted on November 8th, 2015 By Chris Archer
Even with your November plan running on all cylinders, it never hurts to have a few additives ready to pour into the story engine. Here are 10 potential quick-turn ideas collected by our team at SmithGeiger...
BOARDING PASS WARNING
Be careful what you do with your used boarding passes. Identity thieves love what they can find on them.
HOTEL SAFE LOOPHOLES
That hotel in-room lock-box certainly provides peace of mind. But just how safe... are these safes?
ODOMETER ROLLBACK CONCERN
If you thought those electronic odometers were tamper-proof, some drivers are quickly finding out that's far from the case.
Posted on October 1st, 2015 By Chris Archer
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/09/28/i-team-mass-road-construction-projects-not-meeting-deadlines/As you work to keep your planning calendar healthy and full headed into November, here are 10 stories from around the country designed to fit on at least one (or all) of your platforms...
INTERNET DISORDER TREATMENT
Disordered Internet use is already treated as a serious problem in some parts of the world. Now, a small but growing number of people in the U.S. are seeking help in the form of treatment centers styled after substance abuse programs.
EL NINO IN-DEPTH
We've already heard a lot about the potential for a strong El Nino. But what exactly does this mean for your local market. Put your mets front and center, and even consider a 30-minute special.
MED SPA INJURIES
Laser hair removal, Botox and chemical peels are now being done at medical spas instead of doctor’s offices. And as this industry grows, so do the numbers of injuries and lawsuits.
Posted on July 22nd, 2015 By Andrew Finlayson
As you plan your Back to School coverage, here's a quick list of some stories that can help build-out your newscasts or digital efforts...
- Which schools are the safest and which have the greatest crime issues (a set of stats that each school district generates)
- Which schools are the highest quality and which are struggling (a set of stats that each school district generates related to No Child Left Behind)
- Which schools pay the most (based on average salaries of school teachers, superintendents and so on)
- Which shots are needed (a back to school health review of what is needed for each district and new health concerns this year)
Posted on May 6th, 2015 By Chris Archer
Does anyone smell the Memorial Day BBQ yet? Not quite, and with plenty of time to make or break your May, our team at SmithGeiger has collected a dozen quick-turn stories hot off the grill...
SMART TV SNOOPING
Turns out Smart TV owners might be getting more than they bargained for when it comes to personal data.
SOCIAL MEDIA SAFETY
It's a picture seen around the world (and a super-viral Facebook post), all part of a story from WWBT on social media safety.
BIG RIGS BUSTING TEXTERS
Highway patrol officers in at least one city have invested in huge semi trucks hoping to get a better angle on those who text while driving.
Posted on March 25th, 2015 By Chris Archer
With perhaps a few pockets left on your spring planning calendars, our team at SmithGeiger offers a dozen potential story ideas headed into May...
Front-load washing machines use less energy, less water, and less detergent. But a class action lawsuit claims the liances may be creating a big mold problem for people who own them.
9-1-1 POSTAL DELAYS
An outdated policy advises postal service employees not to call 911 first when they witness a medical emergency. An investigation has helped prompt change at the local level, but other postal centers may still be vulnerable to these delays.
POT HOLE ROAD WARRIOR
In its ongoing advocacy push for better roads in Detroit, WXYZ is now helping drivers replace their tires, deflated by endless potholes.