The Little Things
Thursday's show was a nail-biter - technology had us at the edge of our seats, right down to the wire! Thursday's technological glitches definitely threw our producing team for a loop, but taught us a great lesson. Even in an extremely stressful environment, we had to keep a cool head and continue doing the things we would normally do before a show - copyedit, focus on details, and make a plan B.
The technological problems were pretty much out of our hands, so we producers had to do what we could to gain control over the show - while Tom and Eleni worked furiously to get the videos online, we zoned into the details of the show and figured out what would happen if our packages didn't make it in. We started thinking about what copy stories we could unfloat, and what Evergreen packages we could use. From this I learned that in the future, I will check to see what stories and packages I would revive if something like this ever happened again!
Once our packages came online in time for the show, it was time to shake off the nerves and make our content shine. Just because we avoided a crisis didn't mean we could just sit back and relax! Eleni and I did our best to make sure that the show was doing well in terms of timing as well. It's easy to sit back and watch once the show is airing, but timing is a detail that cannot be overlooked!
Thankfully it was a pretty dense news day to begin with, and we had our first live shot, so in the end the rundown was nice and full! Madeline Segura was really understanding when it came to the live shot - she was prepared with questions to do a longer live interview, but ultimately when we asked her to make it short and sweet, she pulled through. I'm really looking forward to doing more, inventive live shots as the semester continues.
Thursday's show taught us all to be prepared for anything, and to have a "just in case" attitude when it comes to details of the show.