Part of the next gen of San Paro media, and reporter on 211 in Progress, the city's crime-as-it's- happening live news channel - your 24-hour round-the-clock guide to who's caught, who's shot, who's dead and who's not in San Paro. Press the red button on your remote now, for an update on daily crime statistics, and a choice of in-progress events currently being covered by our news cameras!
Terri started by doing voiceover work for the channel's trademark CGIed reconstructions of violent shoot-outs that the station's roving news teams had somehow failed to get to in time. She was an immediate hit with viewers, her breathy voice capturing just that right edge of excitement as CGI bullets drilled in slo-mo into jerking wireframe mannequins. The physical details of bullet wound trauma and forensics analysis of crime scene blood spray patterns always sounded more interesting when narrated by Terri Quan. A face to match that voice and an ambitious streak a mile wide soon put her where she wanted - in front of a live TV camera.
Channel 211 in Progress's official policy is to stay neutral and only report the facts. It carefully plays both sides of the streets, and Terri spent as much time riding shotgun with SPPD patrol cars or sitting in on tac briefings with Praetorian Operations Commander Saul Linklater as she did interviewing shot-up gangbangers ("The paramedics say you might not make it to Bankside General ER - any last words you wanna give to anyone you know who might be watching?") or running stories on CSA vigilante brutality. Still, everyone - especially the station advertisers - knew that it was crime that kept the viewers watching, and criminals that a significant percentage of the viewers sympathised with and even idolised.
She wanted to do a series of stories from inside one of the city's street gangs. Her station manager was unconvinced - he had already lost two reporters that way, and the station's insurance rates had increased accordingly - but Terri's perseverance and an appeal to the account executives of some of the station's biggest sponsors got her what she wanted. Besides, she had already done the groundwork and found a way into one of the gangs.
Arlon Benjamin was well known as a regular critic of the Derren administration and the City Security Act. Terri had interviewed him before, and knew enough about him to know what his generous sponsorship of certain youth projects in some of the city's inner city problem areas really meant. Benjamin thought most of 211 in Progress's output was sensationalist trash, but he also thought Terri's proposition might work in his favour, if he could get some of his G-King kids on TV so that people could see they weren't the demonic street gang monsters the mainstream media painted them as. One private cellphone conversation was all it took for Terri to get inside the G-Kings.
It had started off as an assignment - another big step up the career ladder - but she ended up loving every illicit and exciting minute of it. She hung out with Veronika, went on midnight sabotage raids with Shift, talked street-side revolution with Javez and got an electrifying insight into what goes on inside the head of a kid like Double-B. She got shot at, caught up in the wrong end of a high-speed pursuit and found out what exactly Saul Linklater meant at those Praetorian tac briefings she attended when he talked about "maximum suppression techniques to be brought to bear on street gang insurgency".
Her station manager loved it. The viewers loved it. The Mayor's office made an official complaint about it glamourising street crime, which made the station manager love it all the more. Faces and voices of all the people she filmed were digitally altered, and no real names used, all as per the agreement with Arlon Benjamin, but there's only so much you can conceal when your on-camera interview subject looks like Zombie, and he and the other G-Kings became instant street stars.
The G-Kings were this week's news and media stars, but 24-hour live TV needs to be fed something new all the time, and Terri's station manager already wanted his new star reporter to come up with a list of new projects for his approval. She gave him what he wanted, but her mind was still on the G-Kings.
Arlon Benjamin had been expecting her call for days, when it finally came. He had seen that look in her eyes, and knew what she wanted. She wanted in. To be part of the Gs, and experience more of the wild side of street life. He was happy to oblige. The enemy had plenty of pet media outlets of their own, so it would be useful for the G-Kings to have one too, and her contacts with the Praetorians and other law enforcement wings could give invaluable information on the enemy's plans.
She lives in the Waterfront, in one of the new developments in Little Fin, a location that suits Benjamin's plans to low-key expand G-King operations outside of Havalynd. She still works for Channel 211 in Progress, and she still files reports from both sides of the street, but her sympathies are now firmly on one side of it.
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Subject Watch out for these high-level games as you move up.
My station managers saying theyve been getting complaints about me the lack of impartiality in some of my onscreen coverage. And he canned my story on Shadow Strike not newsworthy enough, apparently.
I think the Praetorians are putting pressure on. Follow the trail who owns Channel 211? Whos the CEO of the company that owns that company? Who does that CEO play golf with every week?
Oh, Justin Teng? Big surprise.
I know youre moving on in the Gs, but Im staying on this, doing it in my own time. People have to know the truth, just like Shifts always saying.
You feeling what I'm feeling?
Its such a buzz, isnt it? Being out where all the action is. Ive tried talking to some of my colleagues about it, and they look at me like Im crazy.
To them, its like a trip out into some place full of dangerous wild animals.
I guess it was doing that undercover story on the Gs that got me hooked. It wouldnt have worked with just any other gang, though. The Gs are different. Theres this crazy, positive energy about them. Once you connect into it, you know theyre going to change things.
Shadow Strike - beware!
Remember I was talking about what the Praetorians might do if they ever found out about me? Its worse than you think...
Ever heard of Shadow Strike? Its Justin Tengs dirty little secret a Praetorian covert action squad, full of the ex-Special Forces merc psychos that they dont put on the Praetorian recruitment posters.
Remember that N3 reporter who got killed in a gang drive-by a few months ago? Only it turns out he was researching a story on Shadow Strike, so Im starting to wonder now whether it really was the work of Crims at all...
Scary stuff, but Im going to hang in there.
One of the worst things about my job? Having to attend CSA organization press briefings and listen to their homogenized bullshit.
One of the best things about my job? Getting to attend CSA organization press briefings and pick up any inside info that the G-Kings can use.
I was at the weekly Praetorian press call and caught a sneak look at some Praetorian intel docs. Your name was there highlighted as a possible up-and-comer within G ranks.
Guess thats either good news or bad news, depending on how famous you want to be with the bad guys.
DEFINITELY take care,
Confidentiality is key.
Good to touch base, and thanks for handling that thing the way you did. Youre definitely on my Go To list now.
And thanks for keeping quiet about me my link to the G-Kings ever comes out into the open, and I could be in a lot of trouble. Getting fired from the TV station could be the least of those problems, though.
The Praetorians hate the media enough as it is. Them finding out that I was with you guys would pretty much send them over the edge.
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Subject Biography: Balkan ORV
Balkan ORV (Off Road Vehicles) is the international name for the Petropavlovsk Transport Machine Construction Plant. Based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the company is state-owned and designs armoured trucks for the Russian military. Historically, Balkan ORV was responsible for many of the well-known Soviet trucks, including the V-60 ORV series. In 1936, chief designer Nikolai Vasilev redesigned many of their vehicles after a fire in their main production facility destroyed most of their automotive production lines. However, the fire proved a blessing in disguise, providing an opportunity to modernise, and one of Vasilev's key new developments was the V8-34, one of the best Soviet Trucks of WWII and a model widely adopted in the following years. After the Soviet Union broke up, Balkan ORV became the main truck manufacturer in the Ukraine, but the continued decline of the military sector necessitated a process of civil diversification. In 1996, the company began to augment military contracts with larger trucks and fire engines created for civilian markets.
Media: San Paro Standard
The last of the city's old-style heavyweight daily newspapers. Its circulation is a shadow of what it once was before TV, radio, the internet and city's ever-growing rates of adult illiteracy cut it down to its present size, but Standard is still regarded - and, more importantly, regards itself - as the voice of civilized San Paro. Generally liberal, its editorial policy has always favoured the Social Progressive Party, and John Derren remains enshrined in the paper's mindset as the city's greatest mayor. Views on his daughter, however, are sharply divided among the paper's op-ed columnists. Star writer at the Standard is prizewinning investigative reporter Mikko Wong, who generally works the crime beat. Her editors love her investigative pieces on the city's street gang culture or corruption in the SPPD, but are less keen when she turns her attention to corporate crime, and especially the links between the corporate and some of the city's most notorious criminal organizations. Ad revenue dries up real fast, they suspect, when the names of your biggest clients appear splashed across your front page in a story linking them with illicit arms sales to gangs of violent criminals.
Wong's diligence for the truth, punchy prose style and shoot-from-the-hip attitude have won her many fans, not least at Effigy magazine, who have left an open and very lucrative job offer on the table to come aboard as one of their chief feature writers. So far, she isn't biting. Friends, worried about the threats that have already been made against her because of her investigations for the Standard, tell her she should take it. Writers who interview celebrities or cover movie premiers don't have to check under their car every morning for bombs, or make sure they don't drive home by the same route every night.
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Level Name 10 Filler Piece (5 Joker Tickets)
I need some footage for my show tonight, 211 in Progress. Can you get out there and make some noise? I don't want footage of you getting carried away in an ambulance or something so get out there and <col: Yellow>complete five objectives,</col> okay?
Complete <col: Yellow>5</col> objectives.