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As the weeks have gone on, we have been learning new skills that have improved the quality of our newscasts. From starting with a cold open to putting anchors at the chroma key, each newscast has proven to be more exciting than the last.

A live shot can be an especially useful way to bring a local story to life. Live shots enable reporters to share the most up to date information with viewers and give the show a truly "live" feel. Unfortunately, Wednesday is extremely short-staffed as it is so we were unable to find a volunteer to operate the Streambox. 

However, a live shot could have worked well with one of the show's local reporter packages. An intersection was renamed in honor of Alpha Gamma Omega for their service to the city and it would have been neat to have someone reporting from the location. This would have given viewers a sense of where the intersection was located and would have been an exciting way to add more information into the story. 

As exciting as live shots are, they definitely require preparation and organization. As the live shot producer with Emily Shapiro on Election Night, staying in touch with people in the field was key. Additionally, when using the Streambox I had to account for a delay and found that cuing reporters a few seconds early helped with that.

Even though I was unable to incorporate a live shot in my last show as the Lead Producer, I am still grateful to have been taught how to insert one into a show. 

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