One of the first things my boss said to me once I returned to the newsroom almost 6 hours later was, “How the hell did you get down there so fast?”
News stations like WPIX that have been around for 65+ years have realized long ago that TV broadcasts are not enough to keep their audiences engaged. Digital teams like ours are constantly innovating to accommodate our readers’ and viewers’ demands that never stay stable.
After the officers involved in the death of Eric Garner failed to be indicted, the entire country rose up in one of the most polarizing movements I had ever seen. Most New Yorkers I knew chose to stand with cops, completely, or with the Black Lives Matter, completely. It was one pitted against another, white vs. black, establishment vs. anti-establishment, with nothing “on the fence.”
When Detective Ramos and Liu were brutally murdered as a retaliation to the verdict, I was chosen to represent our station’s digital team at their funerals. It was an emotional time, undoubtedly. Thousands of officers from around the country, and some who crossed the border from Canada, came to pay their respects for two good men who lost their lives senselessly. But that wasn’t all that was newsworthy — their deaths became a platform on which political statements could be made. Some officers turned their back on Mayor de Blasio, seeing these officers’ deaths as his betrayal.