For those who are not familiar to the lingo, a stringer is a freelance journalist whether they’re on or off camera. Historically in radio they get paid to call and do a phoner. The key word of a stringer is they are freelancers; and are paid for providing content. For local media, and some markets, it was more common back years ago. Some markets were dependent on stringers. For an example, the parents of MSNBC’s Katy Tur made their living sending video to the local stations in the LA market with their own Betacam and newscopter, not working for a specific station. The Southland is an interesting market, because one they have the largest newsgathering on the West Coast, but has been dependent on stringers.
What are stringers today? People who post on their phones to social media and tag the station. Do they get compensated? Most likely not. They waive their rights if the station is interested in the content. For me, as this pandemic allegedly ends, I prefer to be behind the camera, get compensated and not feel emotional if only 10 seconds of content is shared, rather be in front of a camera for 20 minutes and only see that same amount of time without any compensation.
The “business model” (so called) is still preliminary, I do not know how much the Boston stations would pay me to provide New Hampshire based content, etc. I certainly do not think any of the stations should get 90 seconds of video from a Canon Vixia for free, since it’s not “shot on an iPhone”. I will be submitting this under a different brand, to separate from my Lego stuff, and not get that building system company off I91 in Connecticut any legal triggers. This is still a fluid situation.
I’d rather behind a camera and be compensated and not feel emotional if only 10 seconds of content is shared, rather be in front of a camera for 20 minutes and only see that same amount of time without any compensation.
Notice I had withheld any of the New Hampshire media. With any respect, I may be technically an amateur, but I have a working knowledge of local media, and love to not use “Breaking News” for every content and I also have a sense of creativity (look at “infoNH”… pretty classy stuff…sarcasm implied) I also do not rip and read other content, and I am not fond of press releases from local government. That’s basically what the local mainstream and alternative media is. So kindly excuse me while I try to aspire to be the mid to large market aspiring newsguy. Since December I have gained some connections, so maybe that resource could lead me somewhere.