I can sit here for hours watching loads of YouTube videos of news bloopers and crazy reporters on the scene covering their story, laughing my butt off the entire time. I’ve already done so on a few occasions. It’s easy to stand outside the box and not realize what’s going on inside and make a mockery of what we see, but you have to admit that it becomes more entertaining when you see something you least expect, especially when it’s happening live.
Take Brian Collins, for example, a nerdish looking college freshman sportscasting for “Newslink @ 9” (the Ball State University television station) sometime at night in March five years ago. What looks to be his first sports reporting, and most likely his last, was a complete and utter disaster. Whoever decides to watch this almost four-minute clip may feel more humiliated than he probably felt at the time.
But behind all the blatant muttering, loud sighs, him mouthing the words “I’m sorry” in front of the camera, was an even more disastrous production. The teleprompter didn’t work and apparently the script pages were out of order, which explains what all the paper shuffling noise was. You can read more about this awful and poorly organized production on ESPN.
Or how about if a reporter loses their grip while the camera is rolling. An angry reporter snapping and swearing while the camera is still rolling. Reporters unable to finish a story because of how they are unable to control their uncontrollable laughter, just as what these two Channel 4 news reporters did while showing a clip of a model falling down the runway twice. Or a wrong word slipping out while reporting a story, such as what the Channel 7 news anchor, Cynthia Izzaguirre did while describing a man who climbed Mt. Everest as “gay” instead of “blind.” How does one confuse the two? I’m still trying to figure that out, but it’s still amusing to think where her mind might have been while saying that. You can watch this one-word mistake, along with other news blunders courtesy of TIME.
So what does all this tell the normal viewer? News reporters are still human. Despite their straight face and professional demeanor, most still have a sense of humor, a short-temper, get confused and even, surprisingly, get nervous. And the production can sometimes even fall apart, causing problems for whoever is on camera. I believe it makes the storytelling more interesting when there is some type of drama involved. And believe me, the viewer will definitely remember the story when something unexpected happens.