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Hurricane Florence: Lessons Learned

The past week has been a harrowing time for many local broadcasters and the communities they serve. Preparing for Hurricane Florence paid off for many SmithGeiger clients all across the East Coast. The lessons they learned (and will learn over the coming days) are worth review. If your station covers Hurricanes, Tornadic Weather, Wildfires, Flooding, Blizzards, or Ice Storms, we think you can find value in reviewing the following with your Weather, News, Digital, & Marketing teams.

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Balancing Local And National News

We all know this, right? Everybody picks a local story over a national story - if there’s a tie vote for what story leads a newscast, gets prominent play on a website/app, or gets posted on social.

It’s the rest of the hours and hours of news and digital postings that create issues. Here’s what I believe:

  • BREAKING national/int’l beats OLD LOCAL.
  • OLD LOCAL beats OLD NATIONAL/INT’L.
  • OLD NATIONAL/INT’L is a really bad thing for newscasts, but it’s everywhere.

Here’s the thinking behind these statements:

BREAKING national/int’l beats OLD LOCAL:

We have a lot of clients with LIVE DESKS/BREAKING NEWS CENTERS/ALERT CENTERS. Most started in the mornings, but now they’ve spread to afternoons, and I’ve spotted one on a competitor at 11 pm. These venues mostly report on national/int’l news.

But the question often comes up: do viewers really care about secondary stories that are not LOCAL? And the answer is NEW MATTERS. It doesn’t matter more than BIG LOCAL STORIES - but NEW MATTERS when many of the other stories in the newscast are getting old and repetitive. And the rate at which stories gets OLD is at an all-time high and growing.

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