The creation of a news story

A day in the life of Newsday‘s Mike Waldman

On assignment for THE 90’s, Washington correspondent Eddie Becker spent a day with Myron “Mike” Waldman, correspondent for Newsday‘s Washington Bureau, as he went about his job. Waldman’s assignment that day was a story about a bill for the extension of unemployment benefits, and while it may not be the most sensational topic, it provides a unique look into the day-to-day life of a journalist at the time, even when it’s just another slow news day.

The resulting footage gives us a look at the journalistic process just prior to the radical changes brought about by the internet. It’s not just the tech itself that’s changed, but the entire business of news.

This video was shot for but never used in The 90’s. It was restored, digitized, and re-discovered through the support of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Watch the full raw tape here.



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