Los Angeles—If the answer to that question is no, you have overlooked an important resource. Private investigators normally have access to a wider range of investigative material to help discover needed information for those important stories.
Not all PI’s are trained or created equal. Finding and using one with a law enforcement background can bring decades of knowledge about police procedures, and criminal justice system information reporters and producers and even lawyers can never obtain.
Using the right PI as field producer on crime and court related stories will help you clobber your competition. A good PI lives and breathes public records. I can’t tell you how many times the most unused and obscure public records, has helped my break a case or news story.
As a PI, I found myself recruited in the Phoenix market into TV news and developed my practice to meet the needs. Normally I work on call for an hourly basis. Whoever calls me first gets my exclusive help on their story.
Learning news gathering and broadcasting has given me a specialty that brought me to the front lines of news events like the Oklahoma Bombing, Unabom case and the 9/11 attack. As I have helped news crews do their jobs they have taught me about journalism and broadcasting.
Particularly in television news stalker events happen. Having a PI on hand can quickly,discretely defuse and control those issues before they get out of control. The PI’s often know their way around the world of restraining orders and routinely serve them as needed.
As you get ready for the November sweeps find a good PI and give him a try and watch it make a difference. Would you put you PI on the air? If he’s ready for prime time he may prove be a great hook for viewers.
What will a good PI cost? An hourly rate on par with scale AFTRA talent is the norm.
Here is a cute news story about being a PI I did a couple of years ago: