In need of a breather, I’m taking a couple days vacation in the middle of the week. Just catching my breath, hoping I can come back on Friday with a little more energy and a little less apathy.
I don’t know if I feel burned out because this reporter isn’t as young as he used to be, or whether it’s because during an average day my workload has doubled. Sure it has. And that has to be it.
Oh I’m not complaining. I rather like being a video journalist, but I do think working straight through the day takes a toll. Here’s the difference:
A general assignment reporter who is part of a two-person reporting team will:
- pay attention in the meeting, throw out a few story ideas and either choose one or have one chosen for you
- make phone calls, re-read the newspaper or internet article (haha) and set up interviews
- interview two-three people on maybe two angles of the story
- gather soundbytes to be used in the story, write story
- hand the script and audio track tape to the videographer/editor
- have a coke or coffee while the other half of your team makes tv picture magic
Now the photographer/videographer half of the team will do the following:
- have a coke or coffee with the other videographers while the reporters and producers attend the morning meeting/powwow
- listen with some interest while the reporter tells you what story you’re about to cover and where you’re about to drive
- videotape the interview, making sure the audio sounds good, the light looks good and you get reversals and reaction cutaways
- videotape the b-roll you’ll need to cover the reporter’s voice track
- figure out if there is any archive video to use, where that video is and if and how it can be used in the story
- have another coffee or coke while the reporter is logging the video and soundbytes and writing the story
- cut video teases for earlier shows and promotions
- capture the video on the computer hard drive
- edit the package plus any additional vos and vosots that producers of other shows want to use
Video Journalists or one-man-bands combine those two jobs into one. As a result, and I didn’t realize this until after I took the job, there is absolutely no downtime. No handing a script off and no waiting while a script is created.
No complaints from me, but I think it does bring some burnout a little quicker than when you’re part of a two-man or two-person crew.
So, needing a little time away from that daily rush, I’m slowing down the next couple of days. Maybe I’ll play some golf. I do hope to work on my podcast a bit and get it running again by the first of the month.