Road trips & leadership

UOWTV Multimedia is a wondrous and devastating thing. The master, Shawn Burns, crafted ‘Newsroom’ (aka JRNL303) around the principles of UOWTV Multimedia; a social-first, collaborative newsroom, combining storytelling with the practical skills of news sourcing, sharing, and content creation.

In the spirit of multi-platform curation, I’ll be reflecting on the 2017 Newsroom/UOWTV Multimedia experience, sharing my work and the vomit-inducing roller-coaster of professional standards and deadlines.

I’m playing catch up today, so we’ll have a look at two weeks in the newsroom.

Arts & Entertainment: Video

Doesn’t that disheveled piece to camera say it all?

After focusing on writing over the lengthy summer break, my video skills weren’t quite where I wanted them to be. The scripting could be tighter, the editing more precise (hear that sneaky mistake at 1.13?) and the quotes and vision more natural.

A forty minute detour up Mount Ousley didn’t help either (DO NOT TAKE THE SYDNEY EXIT AT THE BOTTOM OF NORTHFIELDS AVENUE).

Still, I managed to pull something out of the wreckage.

Editorial Content Manager (ECM)

ECMs are the big dogs. They’re who reporters pitch stories to, decide what must be covered and what simply isn’t necessary. In Newsroom, they’re also responsible for the weekly live interview.

Now, I’m not sure I did all that. I’ve always felt confident brainstorming and generating ideas, but I do hate confrontation, and having to reject story ideas can be awkward. Keeping track of 30-odd students is also a fun learning curve.

As far as the interviewing goes, I suggest having a full set of questions organised, not speaking with suuuuuch a rough accent, and to keep blinking to a minimum (were there tiny flies attacking my eyeballs?)

Teamwork was essentially in the ECM role. Juggling your own stories with others and overseeing technical mishaps and social media is a big task. So, shout out to Abbey Conquest, my more composed partner.

Behind the Scenes

Working hard or hardly understand how it all works.

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