We've got you covered, always

Thursday, November 15, 2012

We're here for you. Always. And always will be.

But we can't help but get irritated sometimes at how so many people take their requests for news coverage directly to Nashville television stations.

Example: Last year a woman who spent quite a bit of time as a self-appointed representative of Shelly Mook's family told me that they were going to concentrate on television rather than newspaper coverage.

"We want to go big," was her exact comment.

Well, we may be much "bigger" than you may think.

Much TV coverage from Bedford County - and for many locations outside Metro Nashville, for that matter - is taken almost word-for-word from local newspapers' web sites.

If you see a Nashville TV station broadcast a Bedford County-related story without a video from an on-scene reporter, rest assured there's a 90 percent chance you're watching a rewrite taken from t-g.com. Sometimes we're credited. Often we're not.

Still photo from the story? Usually ours.

If a reporter is on scene, what you see on screen -- or in print on the TV station's website -- is likely less detailed than what we have. A station's "investigation" earlier this week contained no information that we hadn't already reported four days earlier.

The other day the "local TV stations" -- there are no Shelbyville-based TV stations -- were thanked for their assistance by a family involved in one of the recent missing persons cases. They used the local newspaper to spread their message.

Keep in mind that the "little" things that matter so much to you -- your children's ball games, your parents' 50th anniversary photos -- aren't going to be picked up by TV, but we make them available worldwide on t-g.com and from our print edition straight to, probably, your scrapbook.

We spend our working moments and build our business on the "little" things in your lives.

We've got you covered for all occasions, big and small, and we're happy to do it.

T-G copy editor David Melson can be reached at dmelson@t-g.com.

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  • Outstanding column, David. It should be reprinted in every other community newspapers in Tennessee. All of what the T-G provides to its readers in Bedford County cannot be duplicated in any other media outlet.

    -- Posted by kentflanagan on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 2:18 PM
  • National newspapers are in trouble because so much of their "news" is on the internet, often before they have it.

    Local is doing well for just the reasons you have stated, IT IS LOCAL. Rarely will that be important to the big papers or TV stations but it will ALWAYS be important to those of us who live there.

    While the T-G is offering both online and print versions, I would hate to think it would ever be online only. Many people rely on the printed version to get their news.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 16, 2012, at 6:26 AM
  • Well said Dave!

    -- Posted by Gary Johnson on Fri, Nov 16, 2012, at 10:02 AM
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