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It's Not What You Do During The Show, It's What You Do Before

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8:00 p.m. REGAL TROJAN - All tabs of Rafael’s computer will be on every newscast and newspaper site. Brainstorming session will be taking place at his kitchen table. LA Times is one of the primary sources of information as well as local news sites. LA Times Now twitter page also is where he usually gets current stories. There is an expectation of zero people joining the session. 870 W. Adams Blvd. Contact Rafael Garcia: 1-800-PITCH-A-STORY

10:30 p.m. - REGAL TROJAN - A press conference will be held on Facebook with all the Team Monday producers. Executive producer Brad Streicher will start the conference. Story ideas and potential packages will be the main topic of discussion. 870 W. Adams Blvd. Contact Rafael Garcia: 1-800-START-COMING-UP-WITH-IDEAS

11:30 p.m. - REGAL TROJAN - A status conference is scheduled at Rafael’s kitchen table. The session will discuss more solid and concrete package ideas and people to interview. There will be a presentation with different angles to the stories. A status conference is usually held this early when most of the big stories are local. Sometimes it is harder to pitch a big and national story with a local twist and/or USC angle. This is where he struggles the most. 870 W. Adams Blvd. Contact Rafael Garcia: 1-800-JOURNALISM-STRUGGLES  

—Some days—

1:20 a.m. - REGAL TROJAN - Sentencing  is scheduled for Rafael Garcia, a journalism student who is struggling to come up with story ideas for the show on Monday and still doesn't know what to pitch. This will usually happen when there is no big news. Other struggles include visuals for good stories that are B-roll challenged. This is something that happens quite often in the brainstorming session. 870 W. Adams Blvd. Contact Rafael Garcia: 1-800-Zzzzzzzzzzzzz


5:30 a.m. - REGAL TROJAN - A hearing is scheduled in Rafael’s living room to discuss current news and possibly replacing and incorporating ideas to the package list from last night. LA Times, KTLA, KCAL, CNN and LA Times Now on Twitter will be main sources of information. 870 W. Adams Blvd. Contact Rafael Garcia: 1-800-I-NEED-COFFEE

6:30 a.m. - REGAL TROJAN - A pretrial hearing is scheduled at Rafael’s kitchen table. The hearing will discuss the top five stories of the day including new package ideas. By this time Rafael is checking all news outlets to find the most current and relevant stories for the show. All stories will have a game plan with specific people to interview. However, this is something that can be an obstacle. Sometimes finding characters instead of experts can be a little bit challenging. Breakfast will take place in his kitchen table as well. 870 W. Adams Blvd. Contact Rafael Garcia: 1-800-BREAKFAST

8:15a.m.- MEDIA CENTER - A motions hearing will take place in the media center. Producers, MJs and reporters will attend the hearing. Their input on story ideas is very helpful because they will give you new ways to tackle a single story. This will make the producing process way smoother because the more stories you have, the better. A producer meeting will follow the hearing where all stories are discussed more in depth. 1-800-SHOW-TIME

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