Thursday, September 21, 2006
Many have told me I have a voice for radio. Some have said I have a face for radio. No one has ever said I belong on TV.
I once took a course in TV news writing, but that's about as close as I ever got to the television side of the news business.
The Internet is changing that for me and other newspaper people.
We began experimenting more with video last month with the launch of our re-designed Web site, steamboatpilot.com. In addition to news clips and interviews, we have added a video news update in the morning and a sneak peek at the next day's headlines in the afternoon. Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz generally hosts the morning news update. I handle the afternoon headlines.
You don't think about the challenges of being on camera until you've done it a few times. I have newfound respect for news anchors and their ability to do 30-minute newscasts live. My afternoon update is but a few seconds long, and I have a script, yet I still need multiple takes.
I think we have a long way to go before we start comparing what we are doing to actual newscasts. Our equipment is pretty rudimentary. We have no set - we simply shoot the video from our newsroom. We need to work on the sound and lighting. We are learning how to write better scripts.
Unfortunately, I don't think a makeup and wardrobe allowance is forthcoming.
Still, I think the daily video updates provide a useful service. Most important, it's "video on demand." You don't have to have your TV or radio on at a certain time to get the news. You can download our video at any time and get a quick update on the top news, sports and weather headlines in the Yampa Valley.
We will continue to do the newscasts each weekday, and we hope to expand them. In addition to the newscasts, we also want to add more news video of people, places and events in our coverage area. I would also invite readers to share their video with us, whether it's newsworthy or simply entertaining.
I'd love to hear your feedback on our current video use and ways we might expand it. Visit steamboatpilot.com and let me know what you think.
From the Editor appears Thursdays in Steamboat Today. Send questions to Scott Stanford at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 871-4221.