Communication while producing a newscast is key. This is a team effort and when everyone is involved, the day can run much more smoothly.
As the video teammate, one of my main tasks includes communicating with multimedia journalists (MJs) and reporters to see what video needs to be assigned, looked at, and ultimately approved. I have to say, I love the willingness of the MJs who work the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. shift. The four of them are always eager to help and always respond with respect; they ask a lot of questions at the time the task is assigned, which is a great trait to have.
What struck me the most about how important communication can be was around 5:40 p.m. I was in the control room and unfortunately, the run through of the show was not going as smoothly as we had hoped. The phone next to me was not working, so I was unable to contact the executive producer and the other teammates. One of the MJs volunteered to be my runner from the control room to the newsroom.
The ability to listen is crucial when producing a newscast. For producers, directors, reporters, MJs, and volunteers, listening to one another is a driving factor for good communication. A few weeks ago, our video exporting system (FORK) was not cooperating with other systems and required us to re-edit several videos and re-send them to the server. The MJs were more than willing to edit all the videos and then made sure they were approved.
This past week, those same MJs were better and even faster at doing the tasks required. They could answer their own questions and help each other without asking a producer for help. I am so thankful to have a team that listens well and is more than willing to help produce our 6 p.m. newscast.