In my opinion, the best part of our newscast this week was the live shot at UCLA when covering the Ben Shapiro event and ensuing student protests. More specifically, we intended to cut to the live shot at the beginning of the newscast, but after our lead and executive producers watched the scene at UCLA escalate throughout the show, our team decided to return to the live shot at the end of our broadcast. While unexpectedly returning to the live shot meant other well-produced stories in the rundown had to be floated, I believe our team made the right decision to air the live shot for a second time. In essence, capturing the escalating scene at UCLA underscored the purpose of live television, as it's our goal to provide our viewers with both the most important and most immediate stories during the broadcast.
While I did not play a significant role in either the live shot at the beginning or end of the show as the video teammate, the live-shot execution was certainly a team effort dependent on a two-way flow of communication between the control room and the scene at UCLA. To start, our lead and executive producers did a great job throughout the show of keeping an eye on the live shot in the control room, since they were able to notice the scene become increasingly lively at UCLA while still producing the rest of the show. Also, cutting back to the live shot meant our producers had to juggle and rearrange the rundown throughout the show, making last-minute decisions on which stories to float. Furthermore, communication between our directors and our TVU live shot operator was extremely important, as this determined the specific shot our audience would see in the broadcast. Most obviously, our on-scene reporter, Jordan, deserves a great deal of credit, as she made sure to capture the scene during both live shots while providing different information each time to share with our audience.
In conclusion, the decision to return to the live shot at UCLA was similar to reporting on breaking news, requiring a team effort to report on the most immediate story during our broadcast.