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  • Jill 8y

    Here's what probably happened: the graphics person didn't know anything about the story except the text the producer gave them to put on the graphic. They went back to their workstation, typed "grandma" into their AP News Graphics account, pulled up one of the first items that came up, preferably one with an alpha channel so they could slap it on the station's background and then moved on to the next graphic in the rundown.

    Not that I've done TV news graphics before... :-)
  • sleepy_pasture 8y

    Well, the anchor kept a straight face because she does not routinely look behind her during her newscast to check out the rockin' graphics.

    Jill's comment accurately described what probably happened. As a broadcast graphic designer for dozens of stations from coast-to-coast I usually have between 5 and 15 minutes (sometimes less if breaking news) to do each graphic, and if it gets there too late for the broadcast it's useless, so something that gets the point across is better than nothing. Many times producers send a very basic order with little-to-no info about the actual story...in other words there is a lack of communication (ironic, since we are in the communications biz). It is not unusual to receive an order that says "give me a crime look with a pic of a rocking chair and the title 'Grandma Bitten.'" The producer is your client, so that's what you give them...it may not be your preference but it is what it is.

    I once saw a graphic for a story about battery-operated leaf blower, but the leaf blower in the graphic clearly had a cord. The order for that graphic probably said "give me a leaf blower and a 'fall' look'" or some such.
  • cpsar 8y

    i understand the newsroom has an unwritten rule that every several weeks or so someone deliberately concocts a graphic, news story or some element that runs on the air specifically to amuse the author and readers of Dooce.
    Stay tuned.
  • Jerry Feierabend 8y

    A sewing kit would have been funny.
  • Carolyn C. 8y

    I'm wanting a shawl, or some half-moon glasses or something else in this graphic. The chair alone just ain't cuttin' it.
  • Pat Graham-Block 8y

    I found your blog on the Most Influential Bloggers list and I am enjoying your humor! Thanks! :-)
  • Dave4OU 8y

    Funny --NOT
  • Josephsons 8y

    On that ghetto news set are you really surprised?
  • tmoody@DT 8y

    Gee, did you notice the temperature? 74 degrees. Sounds lovely. Is that rocking chair made of glass? Looks very fragile, sort of like the anchor's composure. Great post dooce.
  • BOSSY 8y

    Grandma Queen Elizabeth, maybe.
  • Nate 8y

    My favorite's the concerned look on the anchorwoman's face. Maybe it was HER grandma.
  • Jaclyn Stevenson 8y

    ...and what's with 'Grandma' in the first place? yeesh.
  • Robert Dumas 8y

    Slow news day, huh?
  • Jenn 8y

    I just think that graphic is hilarious. I'd die. :) It's like "The governor of Idaho died today..." And having a picture of a casket in the background. ;-)
  • blondemom 8y

    You're sure you don't live in Tennessee? We have very interesting news coverage. ;)
  • d-mode 8y

    I reckon you sit in front of the tv with your camera watching KSL just waiting and hoping for moments like there.
  • Chris Anderson 8y

    And where was Chuck during this incident?!
  • Bob Davidson 7y

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  • karen r 7y

    that is hilarious!
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