Last week, I was the video teammate for Team Monday. As any producer knows, videos are one of the most essential elements in any broadcast – they can make or break a show. As a result, assuming the role of video teammate is no easy task, and requires constant communication with many different people. It requires frequent communication with your lead producer on what video content he/she has envisioned for the show, and it requires continual check-ins with multimedia journalists, anchors and reporters on how their videos are coming along.
Nonetheless, in my opinion, the most important form of communication comes at 5 p.m. In the case of ATVN, this is the moment where the video teammate relinquishes his/her specific role to the digital/graphics producer for the day, and assumes his/her seat in the control room for run-throughs. I personally thought my communication with my D/G producer last week was impeccable.
Why? Two reasons. Firstly, I gave her my little orange notebook, which she knows very well at this point in the semester. Whenever I am video teammate, and after the lead producer has laid out the general format of the rundown, I draw a table in my notebook; one column shows the name of the video, e.g. 'SOT GARCETTI', another column explains who is video taping/editing/writing the script for the story, and the last details whether or not it is complete and has been uploaded to the server. This table was incredibly helpful to her (yes – she did tell this to me in our post-show meeting; I am not just making this up), and made the transition from D/G producer to video teammate a much easier one. It also allowed her to be an effective communicator herself, knowing who to talk to about certain videos.
The second contribution to our incredible communication was our wonderful runner on the day. My D/G producer and I really made use of our runner. Any issues I noticed during run-throughs were immediately directed to my runner who passed the information on to the D/G producer. Likewise, any issues uploading to the server in the edit bay were relayed to me. By 6 P.M., the start of the show, I had not left the control room once, which is tempting when wanting to help with video completion and upload, and my D/G producer never entered once – that was how good our communication was.
By 5:50 P.M., every video was in, and for those of you reading this who know the inner workings of ATVN, meeting this deadline is such an accomplishment, which was only made possible thanks to my amazing communication with the D/G producer. Having all the videos in by this time also really helped with run-throughs, and the better the run-throughs are, the better the quality of the show, and in my opinion, the show was great.