So much of what we do is getting, what we hope, are accurate and fair accounts of the day’s events on the air and online in a timely manner. But as media progressively marches toward split-second immediacy, there is a little time to process what is happening. Case in point: Today’s shooting the Gallery at Military Circle in Norfolk .
As soon as I opened the door to our newsroom, News Director Jim Gilchriest told me “get your face on, we have a shooting inside a mall.” My blood pressure quickly rose for a split second as I asked where. My request was met with silence. I quickly brushed on some powder and ran to our newsroom camera. Asst. News Director Mark Kurtz handed me a bulletin from Norfolk P0lice. In the rush to mic-up, someone yelled about graphic video. Executive Producer Bob Bennett was in the producer’s booth, and told me to stand-by. All while Jim was telling me to issue a disclaimer about video that may be inappropriate for younger viewers. So in a matter of five minutes, between leaving my car in the parking lot, and entering the newsroom, I was on the air with Jason Marks and the lead story of what you’ll see at 5. Here are the other 4 things to watch for tonight.
2.) Mall shoppers at the scene Ava Hurdle is getting stories from others inside the mall at the time of the shooting.
3.) Judge rules against same-sex marriage ban 10 on your side broke the story on air last night during our late news Thursday night. Tonight Stephanie Harris talks to two men at the center of this lawsuit who found the judge’s opinion ”so moving we read it and cried.”
4.) Religious reaction The Catholic Diocese of Richmond says the ruling “contradicts the wisdom and understanding of the ages.” Anita Blanton talked to a number of religious groups who say this decision redefines marriage and the family.
5.) Police: woman admits killing her son Erin Kelly is following these startling developments from Franklin in the case of a six year old’s murder.
Nicole and I will see you at 5.