Basically, the Target Time helps the producer know that they're able to fill the "news hole" so that the Target Time adds up to 29:57. Some segments, like Teases and Breaks already come with designated times. For example:
- Weather is always 3 minutes long (this is just a placeholder until the Weather person adds their script)
- Sports is always 5 minutes long (this is just a placeholder until the Sports Producer adds their script)
- Breaks are always 1 minute long
- Teases are always 20 seconds long.
- CLINTON RALLY Intro
- CLINTON RALLY SOT
- CLINTON RALLY Tag
Before the show starts, the Rundown Monitor needs to be turned on so the prompter can use it. The Monitor button activates the MOS, which communicates between other broadcast devices and systems. The Monitor button is located in the Rundown toolbar.
Remember to 'un-monitor' when the show ends!
In the rundown toolbar, click the Start Playout button.
The time bar becomes visible at the top of the rundown. The Clock will tell you the current time; Under displays how much time you're running short - it will say Over if you are running long. The Story time indicates the length given for the story.
Take Next Story
Once the show starts, the student running the time bar clicks on Take Next Story. This will highlight the story currently on the air in red. Once that story is done, the student needs to click Take Next Story (or on the number pad press the + key) to move the red bar to the next story. The student needs to be diligent moving the time bar as closely as possible to what is actually happening on the air. When the show ends, click Stop Playout and then Unmonitor
During the show, the rundown items that are currently on air will be highlighted in red. The student needs to be diligent about clicking the Take Next Story button as closely as possibly to the actual start time of the next story.