Everything Changes, Nothing Ever Stays the Same

by - May 05, 2012

Lots of change is in the air at the station.

We're getting ready to make the transition to HD in a couple of months. That means all new equipment in the newsroom, control room and studio, and everyone has to go through another round of training to learn how to use it.

While it's exciting knowing that we're keeping up with the times in terms of technology, the way the workload is structured is being shifted. By shifted I mean that a good bit of what the production crew used to do is being shifted upstairs and added to the producers' workload.

That's a little unsettling, especially when you consider that I produce two shows at the same time and barely have time to take a dinner break. When I have to start making my own over-the-shoulder graphics and full page graphics, I don't know that I'll get to eat dinner ever again. I also worry that the quality of my shows will be less because I'll be trying to do more with the same amount of time that I have now.

But on the other side of the fence, I'm excited about getting to be more in control of the look of my shows. I get to decide which picture will be behind the anchor, how the full page graphic is arranged, etc. As a producer that's empowering and makes my shows all the more mine.

In other news, a position that I greatly covet has opened up at the station. It won't be fully open for another two months or so, but I have thrown my name into the hat for it. That's all I'm willing to say about it for now 'cause I'm superstitious and don't want to jinx my chances. So keep your fingers crossed for me. I really, really, really want this.

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  1. You really, really deserve it, too, (the new position, not the added workload). Re: the transition to HD and the extra work, all I can do is remind you that a new normal will eventually settle in. As you become more familiar with the new procedures you will learn how to work more efficiently. In the meantime you have every right to ask for a floating assistant to help you with the less creative aspects of your daily routine, enabling you to have dinner and keep your sanity. I wish you luck, dear friend Ashton.

    1. We've talked about assistant producers but I'm pretty sure it isn't in the budget :/

  2. Good luck on the new position, Ashton!!!!! I'm sure you'll get it. :)