Sunday, March 2, 2008

Fixing what ails you... or your package.

So the last few weeks have been interesting when it coems to putting together packages and getting things done in adverse situations. Let's jump back to LAST week first. I was preparing a story about the LLP program here at Westminster, and had scheduled interviews to talk about the program with a few different people who are part of it. Well as it happens, all but one had to cancel due to weather or conflicts. So, when I couldn't get enough ready, I ended up switching stories and working on one we had discussed in class. Well that didn't really pan out either, so I ended up going back to my original idea and editing most of my story Wednesday night and the morning of the show. As if that wasn't enough, I had to anchor that night as well, which was another thing to deal with. As it happened, I actually pulled out a good enough story, it just wasn't the best one I've done.

This week was another lesson in making do with what's thrown at you. I had reserved gear for an interview for my next package for the upcoming week's show, and when I went to get it, it turned out to be in use still. The problem was that I had the person I was going to interview WAITING for me. Now I was fortunate, in that he was very patient while I tried to solve the problem. Fortunately, I got out another set of gear, and Pam was awesome and jumped in to shoot for me.

It's been an interesting week, but hopefully it won't get any more so this week. Here's a sneak preview of what I have going. Ever meet someone who's been abroad studying to teach a second language? Well reverse everything; think of someone FROM abroad moving to THIS country (and staying!) studying to teach what to HIM is a second language. Bet you don't know as many people who do that. Watch the County Line this week to learn about someone who does.

1 comment:

Brad Weaver, BC Instructor said...

As you ponder what is reworkable on stories, I am wondering...are you making the best choices for packages now?

I'm concerned from your description of the story now underway. Will it work? Will the audience be able to understand the interview clearly?

Perhaps you should float your package ideas by your contacts from your internships. I just worry you're not making solid choices when it comes to story ideas.