The reporting assignments come in a variety of packages. Below is a short description of each one.
- In-depth SOJO packages - researched, shot and edited over a two-week time frame. All elements of the package, including the stand-up, are produced by the reporter working solo. These packages are expected to run no longer than 2-minutes. Stand-ups are used in the middle of the package as a bridge. Should include at least two expert sources and one character.
Turnaround SOJO packages - as the name implies, these stories take a shorter time to producer, roughly a week. They don't have to go as much in-depth, but should still include at least two sources and one character. Total running time is 1:30-ish.
- Overnight packages - find a story that happens the day before the newscast (possibly two days if you experience a scheduling conflict) and then edit the story in the morning of the newscast. Does not need to include a stand-up. Running time is just over a minute. Reporter will likely be asked to appear in the studio to intro and tag their package.
- National Reporting - these stories are assigned the day of the newscast. Using CNN footage, find a national (or international) story and localize it. The reporter will appear in the studio to intro and tag their own package. Running time is just over one minute.
- Same-day or Look-Live packages - these packages are produced by a two-person team (reporter and photographer). The stories are expected to be of breaking news or very timely news to our audience. As the name implies, same-day stories are produced the day of the newscast and are expected to open with a stand-up on location and to close with a stand-up in the same location. The package falls between the stand-ups, a story format we call a doughnut. The stand-ups are supposed to simulate live shots, which is why we sometimes call these stories, Look-Lives. The running time is expected to be one minute to 1:30-ish. Reporter must pitch their same-day story ideas during the news meeting the day of the newscast. But they can come up with ideas a couple days earlier depending on how timely the story will be when it airs.
- VO/SOT - the reporter covers a news event the night before the newscast (sometimes the day of the newscast) shooting visuals for a voice-over and collecting a few sound bites from people who were impacted or witnessed the news event. The reporter will then script the story and submit them to the producer for the anchors to read.