What kind of news stories do we cover?
We typically cover local breaking stories which include shootings, stabbings, fires, crashes, robberies and similar incidents. On occasion we do cover “human interest stories. However, these are usually planned and our news clients would likely send their own crews.
How do you hear about breaking news?
We use fire/police, press releases, news alert subscriptions, social media and tipsters. All these aspects are apart of our news gathering process, just like the news media outlets do.
When do you normally cover the news?
Our strongest coverage days are Friday and Saturday nights during “overnight” hours. This is also when many breaking news stories occur, drive times are better, and our news clients have limited resources. During the rest of the week our coverage varies. Overall we’re typically available to respond to breaking news upon requests if necessary.
How do media outlets request news coverage?
There are many ways we allow news media outlets to request news coverage.
- Call us at (347) 719-3464 (FIMG) (FASTEST MEANS OF COMMUNICATION)
- Tweet or Direct Message (DM) us on Twitter @FullyInvMedia
- E-mail us at email@example.com
What areas do you cover?
When available we typically monitor the Suffolk County, NY townships including Brookhaven Town, Town of Smithtown and other hamlets.
What is your relationship with news outlets?
We’re officially independent contractors or vendors. But in the news business, we’re often referred to as freelances, stringers, or night crawlers. Most of time we self-respond to breaking news incidents we hear. On some occasions, our news clients specifically request us to cover certain stories.
How many incident scenes do you cover weekly?
We may cover anywhere from no stories to several weekly. It depends on our availability, proximity to the scene, and the newsworthiness of the incident. Our news clients may be covering bigger news that dominates the newscast or is near their budget and that will also factor on the stories we cover.
Do you need permission to film people at incident scenes?
No person has any “expectation of privacy” in a public place and anyone is subject to video/photo/audio recording. In the course of news gathering activities many people may appear in our footage. However, we do not film dead bodies and we avoid interviewing persons at scenes if they are distraught and if they don’t give us permission.
Do you receive special access to incident scenes?
Mostly no. The media is no more entitled to access to an incident scene than any other citizen in the area, provided that its on public property or on private property with permission. However, the media may be afforded special, escorted access on a case by case basis.
How much do you make per story?
We can make anywhere from zero to several figures per story. However, most of our routine stories gross in the three figures. How much we make depends on the content, how many news outlets purchase it, the coverage area of the outlet (local or national), and if any exclusive rights are requested by the outlet.
So you’re essentially making money off news?
Nearly all news media outlets profit from news content. While staffed photographers are paid a salary we’re paid by the story. Television stations attract viewers to their newscast to gain ratings and price commercial airtime accordingly. Newspapers and news websites sell advertisement space in similar fashion.
Do you feel any good about what you do?
We do. We believe that video helps communicate a story often better than words on a page. We hope that our footage inspires people to keep their loved ones closer, to help others, to stay vigilant, to learn from mistakes, to come forward, to make change, and the like. This is not just a job to us, its a passion. We show real life.
Is what you do similar to the movie Night Crawler?
The business model is nearly identical but in true Hollywood fashion there’s a lot of exaggeration. We don’t move dead people, we don’t sabotage competitors, we don’t drive like maniacs, nor do we withhold information from law enforcement. Most of the stories we do are often routine in nature.
Why do you put your “logo” on your videos when posted to YouTube
Watermarking our videos enables our clients and fans to view the video while preventing copyright infringement. This insures the only entities who have the rights to broadcast our footage are showing the clean cut without the watermark that they have purchased from us directly.
What happens when you get to the scene before emergency officials do?
Typically, when responding to a scene we wait nearby until emergency workers have arrived and secured the scene. However, we have come across incidents even before they have been reported to authorities. In those cases, we always alert the authorities and assist, if appropriate.
Any other questions not mentioned here can be directed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org