Two Jobs in One Day
Balancing two jobs in one day was much trickier than I had anticipated. My Web Supervisor skills from sophomore year were rusty, and the website is running on a completely different system now. Throughout the morning I did my best to balance between writing articles, editing articles, tweeting, and keeping up with the news through Twitter and Facebook.
Half way through the day, I wasn’t sure of the best time to make the transition from web to graphics. Organization is key while working as a graphics producer, as I had to communicate with the art director and graphics artists while still preparing graphics sheets and creating cutlines. I had assumed writing cutlines would be a much more creative job, but at the end of the day, the only one I was really proud of for creativity was “Love Is In The Air” for the Valentine’s Day flights story.
One goal I had going into this week that I did not achieve was maintaining constant communication with Mariah and Lindsay. I became so immersed in my graphics responsibilities and organizing MJs and helping set up interviews that at times I completely felt out of touch with what Mariah and Lindsay were working on. We tried to hold a few “mini meetings” but we were all so overwhelmed with other things that they weren’t very productive.
The most stressful part of the day was definitely when Lindsay went to the studio and I had to take over video teammate duties. This stressful hour—which felt like five hours—including lots of running back and forth from the avid room to the newsroom communicating between David and Olivia who were adding in last minute runs, TRTs, and outcues. I was also constantly dashing to the assignment desk to check in with Lindsay through the phone while she was in the studio. The end of the day was incredibly stressful, but thankfully the show came together at the last minute.