Taking a Look Behind the Scenes

More on this below.

Good news! I remembered my user name and password.

It’s been quite a few months since I updated this lonely blog. In today’s multimedia world, that’s probably considered eternity plus forever. So, I write today with the hopes of changing that (and to make my subscription dollars worth it).

I have been a utility player at the Charlottesville Newsplex for nearly nine months now. I’ve created and updated content on newsplex.com, I’ve produced some shows (most notably the hour-long 6 p.m. newscast), and I’ve done some reporting on the side. I like to consider myself the Greg Dobbs of the Newsplex.

But all of that will change as I make the transition to full-time reporter. Turnover is a curse in small television markets, especially when many leave at once. We have four much-deserving reporters leaving the Newsplex within the next two weeks, and they’re all headed toward amazing opportunities in (much) larger markets. It goes to show the quality of newscast the Newsplex provides.

In other words, I have big shoes to fill.

What I hope to continue with this blog is a behind-the-scenes look at the stories I cover. I won’t get into much commentary — just providing additional information, quirky stories and whatever else comes to mind.

I look forward to creating discussions on this blog and, maybe more, updating more frequently. I appreciate your clicks and your feedback, so keep them coming.

In other news, in the past eight months, I’ve discovered this phrase and find it fascinating.

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Yes, that’s a real sentence.

The journey of a thousand miles…

OK, so it’s about 257 miles from Philadelphia to Charlottesville, Va. But the journey still begins with a single step.

Posts have been sporadic (or nonexistent) as of late thanks to my move to Virginia to work at CBS 19 and the Charlottesville Newsplex. Tomorrow, I’ll begin at the station as a Web producer and reporter.

Charlottesville is an interesting place, from my brief experiences so far. It’s a small, friendly city known for its Downtown Mall, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia.

My station is also pretty unique. The Newsplex is a group of network affiliates housed in one complex — CBS 19 (the flagship, WCAV), ABC 16 (WVAW) and FOX 27 (WAHU). The station is just more than five years old, and it’s the only country to have that combination of affiliates under one roof.

And that’s that. The plan is to try this out for a while and to determine what I’d like to do with my life. I’ll update every once and a while with behind-the-scenes information from Charlottesville.

For now, that’s the story. We’ll see how it finishes soon.