Email Of The Week: ABC News Wants Help With Qik Video

It’s time for our irregularly scheduled email of the week, where we share the absurdity of our inbox with our readers. Today’s winner is an executive at an ABC affiliate who asks us how they might use video streaming service Qik in their news operation.

I know online streaming video isn’t inherently obvious to everyone in the world, but it should be inherently obvious to a television station executive whose title is Director of New Media & Operations.

And even if it isn’t, Qik has a video, using cartoons, at the top of their home page showing how to use the service.

We’ve removed the name and location of the affiliate to protect this poor guy’s job. But please everyone, we’re not a Q&A service for every aspiring new media director who has no clue what his job is all about.

Here’s the email exchange:

From: Michael Arrington
Date: December 3, 2009 6:40:23 AM PST
To: [removed to protect the lazy]
Subject: Fwd: ABC News needs help

Dear [removed],

I’d start off by going to and then hitting “play” on the flash video at the top of the site, which describes how the service works using cartoons. Then, if you want to proceed, click the large “Sign Up!” button on the bottom right of that page.


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: [removed]
Date: Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 6:19 PM
Subject: ABC News needs help


I’m the Director of Operation for ABC News in [removed]. Could someone contact me to discuss how we may be able to use Qik in our news operation.



Director of New Media & Operations

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