Introduction to HD: Day 1 & 2

by - June 05, 2012

So I've made it through nearly two full days of HD newscasts.

Other than being overwhelmed by the amount of extra work I now do to have a successful show, things went very well. In fact, both of my first shows didn't have any mistakes.

I guess all the mock shows and practicing and not taking dinner breaks paid off.

Seriously though. Our new graphics look awesome. The colors are so much better and I feel like I have more control over the look of my newscast.

The only thing I wasn't happy with yesterday was how late it was when I was finally finished with my 10:00 show - 20 minutes before showtime. That is unacceptable unless there's breaking news.

Today though I think I did a better job of managing my time. As you can see, I'm done well ahead of time.

Yesterday was also my first day in my new position. Honestly, things really weren't that different. I sent more emails than normal. More people came to me with questions. But I'm not the type of person who's going to get promoted and then bust out with a "Things are going to change around here!"

So we haven't had any major glitches with the new stuff, but we're not out of the woods yet. We're still in the process of converting our bureau newsrooms and live and satellite trucks. The engineers say it will probably be another two weeks before everything is 100% set.

Just in time for July sweeps.

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  1. I can feel the adrenaline pumping. In time you will notice the seconds getting shaved off of show preps and you'll wonder why you ever doubted that this could become routine. This is an exciting time in your life, Ashton, and I am very happy that your talents are being recognized, appreciated and rewarded.