NewsReal with Tim Ortman

7:30 p.m.

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Emmy Award winning cameraman and television news producer, Tim Ortman, for a discussion and signing of his book NewsReal: A view through the lense when…

“Tim Ortman has done aspiring broadcast journalists a great favor with his inside, real deal trip through the life of a rock star cameraman. He’s been there, done that. – And you can go along for the ride.  Buckle up”.
—Tom Brokaw

In today’s thousand-channel, blog-heavy news environment, it’s tough to envision a time when everyone was, more or less, on the same page; when news coverage was less contentious and delivered in a straightforward fashion. NewsReal is a view through the lens to when such a time did truly exist.

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Recalled by Emmy Award winning cameraman and producer, Tim Ortman, NewsReal relives a time when the news landscape was owned by the ‘Big 4’ networks. With their vast assemblage of domestic and international bureaus, enormous budgets and loyal viewers, they were everywhere and anywhere news happened–and as an NBC cameraman, Ortman found himself at the frontlines of these stories.

In today’s world, the same fact-based reporting competes with an increasing interference from talk show interpretations and online opinions. NewsReal evokes a time void of that noise. A time when anchormen were more trusted than presidents, the reporting was riveting, the stories were real, and ‘Fake News’ was nowhere to be found.

Tim Ortman spent 35 years – a lifetime, working in television news, having worked for all major U.S television news networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX) and the BBC. As an Emmy Award winning cameraman and producer, his understanding of the overall television production process is comprehensive; with four decades of experience shooting, lighting, story editing, writing and producing. However, his chops were truly made on the front lines of news as part of the Foreign Press Corps. Based in Europe during the 80’s as an impressionable 20-something staff cameraman for NBC News, his understanding of and appreciation for the news biz was formed when the news biz was at its most trustworthy zenith.


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