My station wants all of us to start blogs. Any thoughts on what sort of stuff I should put in it?
Well, you can put observations about your stories in there but please leave your opinions out of it. Keep it clean. Don't include any personal stuff whatsoever as stalkers cruise station websites for personal info.
You can talk about what goes into putting a story together, some behind the scenes looks, stories about what photogs do, etc.
I'm about to get married and don't know what to do about what will be my new legal last name. As you can see from my signature it will no doubt create a whole slew of jokes, and I'm not sure I want to endure that. I love everything about my fiancee except his last name. He says he doesn't care one way or another if I keep my maiden name. Your thoughts?
Well, after looking at your name-to-be, at least three jokes popped into my mind immediately. (None of them printable.) Yeah, stick with your maiden name. Plenty of females have done the same.
The only downside is that when you're out in public with a maiden name of Smith people will start calling your husband "Mr. Smith." But that's far less of a problem than you'll have with your new last name.
A station wants producers who edit=preditors.
Seems reporters aren't the only ones doing double duty. At my old job I edited for the morning show and, on occasion, my own midday show.
I didn't realize that's a common thing. Is it?
"Preditors?" Who comes up with this stuff?
Honestly, with the exception of producers in union shops, I've never known a producer who couldn't edit and wouldn't hire one who couldn't.
Producers should all be able to edit... depending on others to pick and choose money shots, great tease video, etc. doesn't make sense. Even if you don't actually push the buttons, you need to know your way around an editing system and be able to look at the video for your newscast. A good producer can write well and tie stories together. A great producer takes a hands-on approach with the video in the newscast.
Producers also have more free time than anyone in the newsroom, (sorry, it's true), so they really must know how to edit. There will be plenty of days when APs, reporters and photogs are not around to cut video.
If you're a producer who says stuff like, "Cut me ten seconds of tease video on the lead package" and the first time you see the video is when you're in the booth, you're not doing your job.
By the way, as far as "double duty" is concerned, I probably edited half of my packages during my career. I never worked with a reporter who didn't know how to edit.