NewsTeam Autumn 2014
Because we have a smaller class this semester, some students could double-up on positions. A good example is the Interviewer position, which even producers can do and pre-record in the studio before the broadcast coverage commences. We may also decide to send out only 2 reporting crews, but instead of having them stay in one location for the evening they can move to other locations. The Writer/Researcher and Assistant Producer positions could be combined as well. The Anchors could also help update the website.
Producer: (2 positions for top and bottom of the hour)
Focuses on what stories, races to cover during our cut-ins at the top of the hour and bottom of the hour. We have the choice to do live shots, run LLPKGS, run taped interviews, show results. Makes mini rundowns. Assigns stories to writer/researchers, anchors. Ideal person is cool under pressure and has some general knowledge/interest in politics and election issues.
Asst. Producer: (2 positions)
Helps coordinate/communicate between the producer/studio crew and the reporter/photog teams who are out in the field. Finds out what field crews are covering, relays info to them on what producers would like to cover, when to expect tapes, checks to see what is on tapes when they arrive from the crews etc. Assists the producer in whatever else is needed. Ideal person is organized and is a good communicator.
Anchor: (4 positions, 2 at top of hour, 2 at bottom)
Two teams – one for the top of the hour, one for the bottom. Anchors may also write some stories. Introduce reporter pkgs, interviews, live shots. Talk to reporters live on-air. Ideal person is knowledgeable about the election issues, comfortable with ad libbing, comfortable/enjoys thinking on their feet and rolling with some level of chaos on air.
Reporter: (3 positions)
Out in the field covering candidates, supporters, voters, etc. Two reporters will do live and LL Pkgs or LL Interviews from various election headquarters for candidates and/or county clerk’s office and other election hot spots. Stories will include live to tape interviews, live interviews, straight live shots, reaction and other election stories (including fun features). One reporter will be assigned to a day-side shift to do taped stories on voter turnout or other daytime election stories. Ideally, reporters should be familiar with election issues and candidates, comfortable going live, good at coming up with story ideas and interviews on the fly.
Photog/Editor: (3 positions to be teamed with reporters)
Will go out with reporters to shoot election stories. Should be
comfortable with the cameras and running Skype (we’ll have a lesson on this before election day). One will work day-side with one reporter. The other two will work later in the afternoon/evening and into the night.
Writer/Researcher: (2-3 positions)
Will gather information from the Internet, make phone calls for election stories. Will be in the studio writing and info gathering. Will write stories for the newscast and website. Ideal person likes to write and research and has some basic election and political knowledge.
Interviewer: (2-3 positions)
Will conduct taped or live interviews for election coverage. Interviews will generally be more in-depth on politics and social issues. The interviews can be with professors on campus, candidates, experts outside of CU. Topics could include: 1 year reflection on Pres. Obama’s election, voter patterns, open space, student participation, advertising campaigns/money, etc. Ideal person loves to interview, curious. Some interviews could be taped between 11-12:30 that day.
Web Producer/Social Media: (2 positions)
Updates the website with election stories, results, graphics, posts video, sends Tweets, etc. Ideal person has good story ideas, strong web writing skills, good at gathering info from the Internet and people on the fly.