This past week at WLTZ was all about filming for the evening and nightly news. When I get to the station in the afternoons, I still edit the television promos for both First News at 6pm and also for the Alabama station. In addition, I performed camera operations for the evening and nightly news. This week marked the first week operating the cameras without assistance. The 6pm news is live and the 11pm (nightly news) is filmed earlier. One thing about the nightly news is if someone messes up (including me), we can record again. The evening news is live, and therefore, I was nervous and afraid I would do something incorrectly. I managed to film both broadcasts successfully.
This past week, I learned first-hand just how fast paced a broadcast news environment is. Individuals that work in television production have to pay close attention to detail. While operating the camera, I was given instructions on what to do from the operations manager via headset. I could also hear other through the headset, such as audio/sound operators and other people that assist the operations manager. With so much interaction, I now know that paying close attention to instructions is a must in news production.