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Behind The Scenes

By: Leslie Fichera
By: Leslie Fichera

I want to give all of you some behind-the-scenes insight into how we do things in the news business and here at KKTV.

This is the first of what I hope will be many blog entries at KKTV.com. We're not really calling this blog anything, that way I can talk about a little bit of everything! Mostly, I want to give all of you some behind-the-scenes insight into how we do things in the news business and here at KKTV. From time to time I'll include some background information on my career, things I've done in the business and how I came to be here. This all feels a bit egocentric to me, not really my style but I'll try to be informative and maybe a little entertaining when I can.

Here's where all of you can help. If you have a question about TV news that you'd like me to try and address, send me a note, dward@kktv.com.

To get things started, I'm going to answer one of the most asked questions I hear when I meet people who know what I do for a living.

They often want to know where we get our ideas for news stories.

The short answer is from all of you.

Breaking news stories usually come from the police and fire scanners. We monitor them constantly. When we hear something that could be serious or dangerous or otherwise newsworthy, we get a crew out the door right away. Many times it turns out to be nothing, but sometimes it's the real thing, and we've got a story.

A lot of national and regional stories come from the network news feeds. We're part of the CBS feed system, and the CNN one too. When you see video on our newscasts, that's not from around here, that's generally where we got it. Much of it comes from our sister station (also a CBS affiliate) KCNC in Denver. In turn we supply them with a lot of the video we get here. Same with CBS and CNN, we send video to them when we have big stories.

We get some stories from news releases. Companies, organizations and others send out information about stories they think we might want to cover. We do cover them when we can. Another source is the Associated Press. News organizations from around the world, nation and state all contribute to AP, and they put out constant news updates 24/7.

By far the best stories tend to come from you. 11 News viewers call or e-mail us all the time with story ideas. Usually, when we have a great story about someone or something in Southern Colorado, it came from a news tip. Many people don't think it's possible for their story idea to get on TV. Believe me, it is. Call us at  578-0000 or e-mail us at news@kktv.com and there's a good chance, if it's a good story, we'll cover it.

If you see breaking news happening, that's when we'd love to hear from you. If you or someone you know is involved in something important, that's when we appreciate the heads-up. We're always looking for good, unique stories that people care about. The best way to get those is from the people who care about them! Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

We were just awarded Southern Colorado's best morning newscast and best newscast (11 News at 10) by the Colorado Associated Press. Part of the reason for that is you. Thanks for what you've done in the past, and thanks in advance for what you'll do down the road.

We'll talk again soon.

Don

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