Iowa Public Television in Siouxland

25 Oct

Sometimes when I talk about being Lost in Siouxland, it is an easy thing to do. Sometimes while driving on back county roads, either those with blacktop or gravel roads, it is easy to lose one’s direction as you cruise the country. However, Iowa roads are laid out very well in a grid, county roads included, and are numerical or by name always alphabetical.

Sioux City sits on the western edge of Iowa. Cross the Missouri River and you are either in South Dakota or Nebraska. Not many people really visit this part of the state since locals believe no one else, but former residents, really care or are interested. This week at the local farmers market, an Iowa Public Television crew was in town filming. Normally that would be a good thing. But the day of the market, it was raining, it was cold, and it’s late October. Meaning, there are only two more days the market will be open this season. I kind of wonder why IPTV even bothered to come to film, unless it was doing something specific. They didn’t say. This Saturday the weather is supposed to be sunny and nice and warmer than it was earlier this week. And so late in the season there are fewer vendors and customers that it makes this market look like no one attends it, which is contrary to the truth.

Having worked in the media, I am sometimes surprised by the poor judgement that sometimes is applied for covering events or stories. And rather than covering a story at an appropriate time, it seems organizations sometimes choose a time convenient for them, not the story. Which brings me back to being “Lost in Siouxland”. Did this film crew wander the back roads for months trying to find this city, situated on an interstate and major state highways, or just decide nothing was going on in another part of the state that they needed to visit this city, on a rainy, cold day, when for certain attendance at the farmers market would be nonexistent.  I even wonder if there was enough for the crew to film and give them the ability to do a “good” story or accurate one, depending on what that story is.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


One Response to “Iowa Public Television in Siouxland”

  1. Angela Tague October 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi Jerry! They were filming a story about Sprout Stream. I stopped by to grab some lunch after my workout and chatted with them for a few minutes. If you see the segment on IPTV, I’m the one in the red coat with the hood up! LOL! ~Angie

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