Wednesday, August 31, 2005


The legendary NBC affiliate has been the top dog of Ozarks TV news since Ned Reynolds was a pup with a crew cut (hint: that's a long time). It has that rep for good reason: It's the best show in town.

Jerry Jacob's live reports from Picayune, Miss., were anything but picayune. Jacob is with the Convoy of Hope as it conveys help -- in the form of much-needed water and ice -- to those suffering the shocks of Hurricane Katrina.

His reports illuminated the local angle, and it brought the expected pang of professional jealousy -- Christ, JJ's in the middle of the biggest story of his life. We should be there, too!

Ah, but that's that, and this event is too cool to pass without noting. Jerry Jacob is doing his job this week. He's practicing good journalism. Viewers are the lucky recipients.


Anonymous said...

I not so secretly love Jerry Jacobs.

Anonymous said...

I was jealous of Jerry Jacobs and I dropped my journalism major after freshman year... Actually he made me regret that.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Jerry Jacob is a god. but let's not forget the crew who's working their asses off to make him look like a bright, shining star.

How about the photographer and the satellite operator?

Ron Davis said...

Re: the crew with Jerry Jacob.

You're absolutely right.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you support them using food, water and other resources that people in N.O. could otherwise be using. I am so glad Springfield tv reporters are bringing us the same exact reports that national reporters are churning out all over the cable.

Anonymous said...

I take exception to this most recent comment that we were there doing "the same exact report that national reporters are churning out."
All the national coverage has been focused on New Orleans, Gulfport, and Biloxi.
I can show you a stack of e-mails from families across the country with loved ones in Picayune whose only source of hope has been our reporting. We've taken phone calls from all parts of the country telling us "Thank you for your reports." We were the only source for information on Picayune. We only wish we could have done more.

And how presumptuous to think we would take food and water away from those who need it most. Our staff stockpiled their car with food and water before they left. They knew resources would be limited and they prepared themselves.

Anonymous said...

I didn't really care until I read that last arrogance. Thank God the Picayune story was told. It is so markedly different from other stories. How lucky we all are to have those reports.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comments, everyone.
The photographer in Picayune, Mississippi was Jim Van Dillen.
The satellite truck operator was Jim Hankins.
They gave their all.

I know both would join me in encouraging you to stay focused on those who need help.
We can make this better.
Please do what you can.
And quickly.