Everyone works really hard from beginning to end to have WVU News tapings run as smooth as possible. But the audience only get to see the final result. The reporters work super hard, but the producers don’t get enough credit and I believe it is because they’re not seen on the TV screen like the rest of us. As I stated in my previous post, I am the assistant producer, but that still allows me to report during the week. Our producer Caitlin works 7days out of the week piecing our show together.
It all begins on Monday mornings, promptly at 10 a.m. After we pitch our ideas to Caitlin and Professor D, the reporters begin their stories and the producer begins her work. E-mail reminders are sent out, conferences are set up, and scripts must be turned in, As reporters, if we do not complete our job, the producer cannot complete theirs.
Although reporters write their scripts, the producer is the one who re-writes just about everything, from the anchor scripts, to the outro. It takes a tremendous amount of time to get all of this done, Not to mention helping reporters film their packages.
To be a producer you have to be amazing at pretty much everything. That’s why they are paid more in the industry. If they don’t do their job there is no show!
The Friday before our tapings, the producer, Professor D, myself as the assitant producer, and our associate producer Chris, all gather in the edit lab to review all of the completed news packages. When we are looking for the best stories we look for a lot of the basics, because that is what makes or breaks a story. Audio levels, framing of interviews, light exposure, and overall storytelling are all accounted for. After bickering back and forth about who we liked best or who should make show, the producer has to call each individual who made show and congratulate them, as well as inform them of what they have to fix, because at any point they can be taken off the rundown of the show and be replaced. After final scripts are printed out and the rundown of the show is completed, just about everyone can take a break, except for Caitlin,
She then has to piece everything together, look up stats and facts for the anchor intros, and really work hard to have each story flow into the next.
On Wednesday mornings, it is crucial for the producer to have a lot of energy. She communicates with us throughout the whole show, helping up through the process, updating us on time constraints, and she even has to remind some of us to smile more!
A lot of credit needs to be given to the producer as well as the rest of the behind-the-scenes crew.