There was a story I wanted to cover. But it was happening at night. Normally, a reporter would pass. It’s too much trouble to ask the desk or news director to switch your schedule. “Yeah, we like the story but if you work that night we’ll have to switch another night sider to dayside so we’ll have enough to fill the newscasts.”
Yeah, that happens a lot.
But for a vj? It’s no problem.
I really wanted to do this story tonight, granted it started 2 1/2 hours after my “work day” ended. Solution: I didn’t need the station to swap me with a night sider. I didn’t have to shoot it fast and get it back for 10. Instead, I showed up: shot the story: will write it and edit it tomorrow, and to make my 40 hours turn up close to 40 hours, I’ll duck out of the station when I finish it.
That’s a good thing. The station gets a good story, not one that’s just thrown together to fill a black hole in the show. I’m happy because I get to do the story I wanted to tell without working 3-4 hours overtime.
Now normally, stations miss stories like this. It happens too late to turn for the 10. It’s difficult to permit reporters to do stories that don’t air that day or night unless it’s a “series piece” and even then it takes some effort.
The story will run sometime tomorrow. My work week will be awfully close to 40 hours. And I’m ready to do it again next week. Wow, I remember in the not so distant future that switching my schedule to work at night would have put me in a BAD mood.