The sentence is from what a reporter said in the CNN news and I don't quite understand what that means. The whole thing is like this following.

But here, people are describing this as devastating, catastrophic, historic even worse than what they saw back in July of 2016, that this flooding happens, so rapidly, so quickly, that it just lifted cars and just had the water gushing down main street, catapulting into buildings, buildings collapsing, people just simply running for their lives. Still, if you just push in here to see the aftermath of the devastation, I had a chance to talk to one of the officials here who said that there`s one person that is missing, hopefully they are OK.

When I look up for "push in" in a dictionary, I found that it means "to rudely join a line of people who are waiting for something, by moving in front of some of the people who are already there:" But if it does, I don't think the sentence is quite going with the flows overall.

Could anybody please help explain what she meant by "push in here to see" to me? Thanks a million in advance.

  • It suggests that getting "in here", may have required some effort, or difficulty.
    – WS2
    Jul 20, 2018 at 6:48

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My best educated guess is that it's referring to camerawork. The quote you have comes from a transcript of a video. It sounds from the context like the speaker is making a request to a camera operator or editor. With that in mind, I looked up cinematography techniques and found The Push Technique. That seemed to be on the right track, but that's for movies, not news. I looked at photojournalism websites and found Commonly Used Terms in Television Journalism Flashcards. The "push in" is:

When a photographer goes from wide shot of a subject to a closer shot of the same subject all in the same shot on a recording. often used when the subject says something emotional.

So, it sounds like CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux is asking her camera operator to zoom in on a section of a still or moving image to highlight the devastation of the flood. As far as I can tell, it's industry-specific language.

  • That sounds plausible.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 20, 2018 at 7:02
  • Thank you so much for your answer. It really helped. :)
    – Nami
    Jul 23, 2018 at 11:28

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