WTVR.com has a digital team of four full-time employees to cover morning and evening shifts seven days a week. The experience of our team ranges from two years in the business to 18 years. ComScore reporting for 2016 showed that WTVR.com traffic consistently led the Richmond market, even beating the local newspapers in global traffic. We work with reporters to adapt TV scripts for web and to produce new components of their story, but we also handle a great deal of original reporting as well, and we utilize current technologies to tell these stories.
Girl who cried UVa gang rape pretended to be her rapist to win a boy, lawyers say
The Rolling Stone story “A Rape on Campus” shocked the nation and once it was debunked and retracted, the fallout left journalists and the UVA community reeling. CBS 6 Reporter Laura French obtained documents containing hundreds of text messages between Jackie, Ryan, and the person on the other end — who was presumed to be Haven Monahan, a fraternity member who would later be accused of rape by Jackie. A web producer worked with the reporter on the web copy and handled the presentation of the documents. Excerpts of the texts are specially formatted to entice the viewer, and the station’s seal was scanned onto the documents – which had not been published anywhere else. These documents have been viewed on SCRIBD a combined half a million times.
The disturbing timeline of Jesse Matthew’s sexual violence and murders
The timeline of sexual violence committed by convicted killer Jesse Matthew Jr. is dark and disturbing. CBS 6 extensively covered this story from the time Hannah Graham disappeared to the killer’s conviction. Then came the startling discovery that Jesse Matthew was a part of the stories we had covered years ago, when Morgan Harrington disappeared in 2009. The web reporter condensed all the data into a timeline to illustrate the extent of the convicted killer’s dark past and to catalog the numerous reports CBS 6 did over the years.
Mother sent to emergency room 5 times in 11 weeks at Midlothian senior living facility
A report that led to several other investigative reports. A woman was upset after her mother fell at least 12 times, and made five trips to the Emergency Room, in the 11 weeks she was at an assisted living facility. The woman captured graphic images of her mother’s abuse.
$90,000 quote for mayor’s new church sent to city hall, emails show
More than 600 city emails obtained by CBS 6 indicated a possible conflict of interest between the city mayor’s administration and the construction of his $5 million church. A web team member went through the emails and advanced the story from the day before. The web story led to 11 p.m. news coverage. A web-only element is present in the video cut from a raw interview with the mayor.
Greyhound shooter attacked, threatened to kill pregnant girlfriend, court documents show
The day after a man shot and killed a Virginia State Trooper during a training exercise at the Greyhound bus station, reporters scrambled to piece together the story. This report was the first in the market which identified the man and detailed his criminal past. Working sources, staff acquired the suspect’s name, and out of state court documents that told more about the dangerous man from Illinois, who had spent most of his adult life in prison.
Steam Bell Beer Works to shape Chesterfield craft beer scene
The craft beverage scene within Richmond has exploded in the past five years. A web reporter pitched a profile of the second brewery to open in a nearby county. Multimedia elements captured during reporting developed into a TV story.
Lynchburg woman trusts young Richmond stranger with her ‘Love Bug’
A mother wanted her first car – a 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle – to be her daughter’s first car. She looked around for a restoration shop but wound up trusting a total stranger she met on Craigslist for Richmond to transform the Bug.
Garth Brooks makes dream come true for local cancer survivor
The web team constantly mines social media for potential stories. This is an example of one that we found, turned into a web story, then a TV reporter story and then it went viral across the internet.
Meet Tonya, the Capital One employee who sent customer flowers
A story we saw gaining popularity on Huffington Post, but we knew we could localize it. We were able to track down the employee who was being talked about on social media as the Capital One employee who sent a heartbroken customer flowers. This story went viral and the two women appeared on Ellen.
“I could see the funnel coming” – Testimony of a tornado survivor. Also showcases our web style for keeping elements of a big story even in a breakout story, and adding social media elements to enhance reporting.
Meadowbrook High graduate lives out dream on Fox’s ‘Empire’
When you’re in high school, you never know who is going to graduate and make it big. One web reporter heard that an actress on the hit show ‘Empire’ was from Richmond, and he reached out to her for an interview. This is an example of how our web team wears many hats in one shift — as copy editors, social media managers, video editors and reporters. Many of our web-first stories go on to be TV scripts, as this one did.
Beloved crossing guard waves goodbye to generations of students
A profile of a 79-year-old woman sworn in as a Henrico Police crossing guard 41 years ago, who shepherded generations of students at five different county schools. This is a part of a series called “Heroes” that has its own tab on our site.
‘Captain America’ surprises Chesterfield teen battling cancer with special video
When you’re fighting for your life it’s always good to know you have a superhero in your corner. An uplifting story about how a special message meant everything to a teen fighting cancer.