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Molly Stark Dean

I am an Assignment Editor: ‘Without me producers would be lost & helpless’

Our sister blog TVNewser found this xtranormal video about a woman who really wanted to be Katie Couric over the holidays. But what about the unsung heroes of the newsroom — namely assignment editors? They get lots of cred in the news world; however, the profession is foreign to the rest of the world. In this xtranormal video, one bear explains to another what an assignment editor does:

White Bear: “I’m a counsellor, a psychotherapist, a rabbi, and an expert at clearing paper jams from the copier and printer.”

Brown Bear: “Clearing paper jams from the copier and printer? So you’re an intern?”

The Shift Before Christmas*

In an effort to bring in the cheer this holiday, TVSpy has obtained a poem that reminds us what we’re really working for this Christmas.

As a young assignment desk editor at St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK, Steven K. Rosenbaum found that he was consistently spending Christmas — not to mention Thanksgiving, July 4th, Super Bowl Sunday, Arbor Day, etc. — in the newsroom.

“Looking at my haggard associates, grazing on catered food between assignments, I took it upon myself to place the imprimatur of television news on the beloved Christmas classic,” Rosenbaum, who now works for Fox News Channel as senior information specialist, told TVSpy. So here it is:

The Shift Before Christmas*

By Steven Rosenbaum

* with deepest appreciation and apologies to Clement Clark Moore

‘Twas the shift before Christmas and all through the station,

not a creature was stirring, nor graphics or animation.

The rundowns were set in the prompters with care, in hopes that an anchor soon would be there.

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WCCB-TV News Director Faces Shoplifting Charges

WCCB-TV (Fox Charlotte, channel 18) news director, Ken White, faces three new shoplifting charges. The three misdemeanor larceny counts were filed Wednesday.

The news director since 1999 was first arrested Sunday morning after being accused of taking $79.24 worth of groceries from a local store. The items — potato chips, Deer Park bottled water, apples, and Cokes — were for White’s remote crew at the Panthers game. The order was usually covered with the station’s credit card.

White has been spotted taking items from the store without paying three times between Dec. 10-17, according to Police.

The WCCB-TV news director posted $600 bond on the new charges Wednesday afternoon and was released. A court date has been set for Feb. 2.

WSOC-TV Intruder Under ‘Mental Evaluation’

A woman who brought an unloaded gun into the lobby of WSOC-TV is undergoing a mental health evaluation today. 51-year-old Wendy Naidas entered Charlotte’s ABC affiliate just before 5pm Tuesday as more than 200 employees were inside. She was taken into police custody without struggle. No one was hurt during the incident.

When she arrived at the station, Naidas approached a WSOC security guard who, during the exchange, pulled out his own weapon and put it to her head. Authorities were immediately called. All employees were sent an email to evacuate the building. Naidas has been taken to Carolinas Medical Center Main for evaluation, according to police. She was then taken to police headquarters for processing.

The station went off the air for about an hour and the building was locked down.

So what was Naidas’ motive?

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