I don't think this is trueMost of their top stories are obtained from listening to scanner traffic
If they are doing their job, they should be fine finding news scenes to report.and being on the scene when a big story hits.
Work harder, and not take the easy way out.So what does the local media outlets do when a system goes ENCY and they cannot monitor it.
Exactly, although I doubt the agency will just give them a radio. Usually, the news outlet will have to pay for the radio and maybe even the cost of programming it.In some areas the local public safety agency will provide radios that are encryption enabled for specific talk groups to media outlets.
Reporter News said:New radios purchased by the Reporter-News, KTXS-TV, KRBC-TV and KTAB-TV that can pick up transmissions from the new system were programmed by the city's communication services department. Abilene media can listen to a police and fire dispatch channel and eight tactical fire channels.
Reporter News said:When the Wichita Falls Police Department in 2005 upgraded from traditional police radios that many people could hear with a police scanner to the same digital radio system Abilene is using, it left the media and the public in the dark and denied them access to all police communication.
Two months later, the police department and the media in Wichita Falls came to an agreement that allowed the media to listen to fire and general police traffic, according to the Times Record News.
And that drives me absolutely crazy. Scanners are not meant to be a method of reporting. They are just to tip you off to possible incidents. The Register reports things based on what they hear being dispatched out. Newspapers are going to learn the hard way when they get bitten in the ass by their laziness. How many times will officers get dispatched to an incident and it turns out to be nothing, or the incident turns out to be waaaaayyyy different from what dispatch was told over the phone.Some of the Gannett newspapers have included in their stories, "According to (police) scanner reports, ..."
The Gannett news group relies on scanners so much that many of their stories include, "according to police scanner reports,..." :roll:I program the scanners here in Fort Myers, FL for the WINK-TV newsroom. These folks take listening to scanners very seriously for news tips.
And then they get all bashful when they have to correct themselves later and say that it wasn't a shooting as they heard on the scanner -- a car just backfired or it was some kid with firecrackers.The Gannett news group relies on scanners so much that many of their stories include, "according to police scanner reports,..." :roll: