We haven’t made any “Dope Reporter” awards recently, but KIVI Channel 6 reporter Tina Jensen was nominated Tuesday by a reader for a convoluted attempt to use three “visuals” to make a TV story out of a dry census report about poverty.
Jensen noted there are 255,000 thousand people in Idaho living at or below the poverty level. But to put that in visual terms, she displayed 6 paper doll cutouts–5 white and one black. The report wasn’t about race, but she urged us to “visualize” standing with 6 people and one (presumably the black doll) would be in poverty.
Then she displayed a stack of currency explaining if each dollar bill represented those living in poverty, the stack would reach halfway up the Banner Bank Building. Of course if she used $100 instead of $1 bills, the stack would still reach only halfway to the top of the building, but it would be worth $25.5 million.
In case you didn’t understand the paper dolls or the stacks of cash, she ended the report with a map showing Boise and Meridian and explained the number of people living at the poverty level would be like merging the population of Boise and half the population of Meridian.
In case we weren’t clear, here is THE STORY.
SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to all the TV reporters who avoided use of the yellow shirt and helmet as a prop during reports–especially avoiding the studio shots “just back from the fire lines.”
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