Teamwork makes the dream work, and without my team, the new additions to the show would not have happened. The creativity of my co-producer and me really shined through in our most recent Tuesday newscast, and I think it made for a more interesting show.
My co-producer and I workshopped ideas for new segments we could add to the show, and from that conversation we introduced a new segment called “USC in the Spotlight.” This segment is meant to highlight creative projects USC students are working on and is also meant to include a live guest on the show. Our entertainment reporter worked on this new segment with us.
We had a live guest, meaning a guest who comes in and is interviewed while the show is streamed live on YouTube. Setting up the interview and the pre-planning were a lot of extra steps, and I wish that I had leaned on my co-producer more to help with that.
Part of this segment was creating a fun motion graphic that my co-producer and I came up with and our incredible art director made. This new segment was a great addition to the show and made the show feel less stiff, because it’s not just anchors reading scripts on camera but also a reporter sitting down and talking with someone in our community.
Many of the stories I included in the show started with video rather than having the anchor appear on camera first. While this may not have made much of a creative difference, it is something that I did intentionally. I felt that if the story was particularly visual, an on-camera introduction was not necessary. I think this also left more time to do the new live segment because adding 10-second introductions for each story adds up. And part of making this work meant talking to my co-producer to make sure we were on the same page about what the various videos should be and why I intended to start stories with visuals.
In the future, I think my co-producer and I should work together more as a team when it comes to scheduling and preparing for live guests. For next week. as the producer who focuses on videos and editing for the show, I am going to try to help my co-producer and entertainment reporter with anything that needs to be done for the live interview segment.
This story was written as an assignment in JOUR403: Television News Production with Professor Stacy Scholder. Annenberg Media student editors also reviewed the story and published it per newsroom guidelines.