Doing a story with a victim of any crime can be delicate. There are privacy and security concerns, especially if the issue is ongoing. Below is how I handled two separate situations — with full disclosure to the people I was interviewing about how I’d use those interviews.
A new skill I’ve had to learn since starting work as an anchor: live interviewing.
I must admit the first time (or two) that I did it I was very nervous. I have no problem interviewing, but when it’s live your questions must sound intelligent and be well-phrased, you don’t want to have to clarify, and you certainly don’t want to be caught off-guard. Obviously these are principles for any interview, but when you go live suddenly the potential pitfalls multiply. And then, there’s time management and attempting to “manage” the interviewee through unspoken cues.
This is a live, three and a half minute interview with one of Wyoming’s Senator John Barrasso.
It’s always fun to be able to cross over between different skill sets. Since the topic of the promo was language immersion after all, we thought… why not!
Part of my job as a producer is to prepare teases and promos. This is a 30-second clip we send to our local news radio station to give people a look at what’s coming up on our 6 pm broadcast while they’re driving home from work.