Producing my last Annenberg TV newscast reminded me of how much I wish I could create more shows before entering the workforce. On my last day as the lead producer, I wanted everything to go smoothly: communication, teamwork, delegating and so much more. I am really proud of each and every show. This week we had two fill-in anchors and they were a pleasure to have on the team.
That being said, two segments that stood out in my show were the weather segment and the South L.A. community cleanup story. I have a good sense of humor, and I love when we can include humor in a show. When our weather reporter, Anissa, came in, she was initially working on a mudslide story, tornadoes in another state, and looking for an expert.
I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw a video shared about the New York subway system
getting flooded by downpours. I pitched the story to Anissa, and she loved the idea. The videos we aired were from New Yorkers making fun of how terrible Mondays are and how water was pouring in through every crevice in subway stations.
After the video aired, the two fill-in anchors joked about Californians having trouble with just one inch of rain and wondering if the small rodents living in the New York subways could swim. The anchors had great chemistry that offered the show a touch of comedy.
Another standout segment in the show was about illegal dumping in South L.A. and how one local company was working to combat the problem. As a person concerned about the environment and how people in low-income communities are often affected more adversely than people in more affluent neighborhoods, this package had a lot of useful information and offered multiple community voices.
One person the reporter interviewed was Erroll Segal, the owner of a recycling company called Active. In honor of earth day, the company
was taking in waste for free. The reporter explained why illegal dumping happens in excess in parts of South L.A. There is no landfill nearby, and the closest government-run dumps are in Montebello, Whittier, and Pasadena. The reporter also talked with locals who complained that when they called the city to pick up trash they never got a response. The reporter also included a study by the L.A. Times that concluded that 370 miles of streets required immediate cleanup.
I think my peers would agree with me that both of these segments gave relevant information to our viewers and even added humor. In the media center, we have incredibly talented reporters who can put together stories with visual elements, information, and multiple voices. That's precisely why I chose these two segments as my favorite.
I believe diversity and including issues that directly affect the community make a good show. When I sit and watch how my family reacts to the news, it’s as if they have invited the anchors into our home. My family does not watch that much local news, but there have been moments when I have seen them cry, laugh, agree, get informed, and that’s what I have tried to do every Monday this semester.