Friday, April 30, 2010
Bill Ryan, Common Council Chairman of Public Safety, says the city will appeal this decision especially for the taxpayers. Ryan said Mayor Stephanie Miner will be taking the steps to make sure the police department is up to par with officer training with their behavior towards each other.
" We have to make sure that if there's some bad police officers here that need to be singled out and dealt with that we do that as well," Ryan said.
There will be a meeting next week with the Miner and the Syracuse Chief of Police to discuss the appeal further.
With gas prices approaching 3 dollars a gallon, Public Affairs Manager of AAA for Western and Central New York, Diana Dibble said she doesn't expect people to change their mode of transportation.
"With spring breaks and holidays coming up, people have a lot of destinations and driving is still cheaper than other transportation" Dibble said.
Gas prices are up 8 cents in the past month due to the increase in the price of crude oil as well as the switch from winter to spring because of the temperature of the oil underground.
"Traditionally speaking we would normally see prices level off and then possibly a push up once we get into Memorial Day," Dibble said about what we can expect in the near future.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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But, the recent volcano eruption in Iceland forced him to change his plans.
"I was planning on going to Barcelona with a few friends," Ware (pictured left) said via Skype. "Now we're stuck in England."
Ware, studying broadcast and digital journalism, told NCC News a few students were trapped in different countries after the volcano stopped travel. But, he said they found different ways of getting back.
While airlines are still recovering from the "volcano blackout," Ware said he still plans to come home in early May.
"SU Abroad hasn't said anything to us," he said. "But, to be honest they're not really too helpful with anything."
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
With Mayfest only two days away, things were pretty busy this afternoon at Walnut Park. A group of about 10 people spent the majority of the day setting up traffic cones and assembling trash cans around the park in preparation for Friday’s festivities. The workers were also working on making an enclosed area within the park. About five trucks full of fencing were parked along Walnut Avenue to help complete the task.
The trucks and the fences are just a small part of this year’s Mayfest overhaul. Over the past few years Mayfest has primarily been a partying event held on Euclid Avenue. This year, the event has become a university sanctioned event. After last year’s Mayfest on Euclid, Southeast University Neighborhood Association (SEUNA) and others decided they had seen enough. “We were very instrumental in getting it changed because it was a destruction of property and because of the problems that could arise because of the history,” said Harry Lewis, the Treasurer and former President of SEUNA. “Every year when something takes place it usually gets larger and larger.”
Mayfest 2010 at Walnut should be much less chaotic, with DPS on hand to prevent things from getting out of hand. Beer will be available to students who are 21 and over. Everyone will have to show a valid ID and students who are drinking will only be allowed to do so in the fenced-in area that workers were setting up earlier today. The students will also be limited to four beers. Students who arrive after 3 pm will only be allowed two beers.
(Photo is taken from http://emc.syr.edu/tour/new/45.html)
At the peak of the snowstorm Wednesday morning, about 30,000 people were without power across Vermont, New Hampshire, and northern New York including the Adirondacks because of downed power lines.
Off-Track Betting is closer to becoming legal in Onondaga County. The Ways and Means Committee voted five to two in favor of putting it into place.
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Starting off, Aylssa was my reporter and got her story approved early on Tuesday.
She spoke with someone from SEUNA and a woman who lives on Euclid Ave. about MayFest. Alyssa finished her wrap pretty early in the afternoon and helped me finish writing today's stories.
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The two reporters, Jesse and Allie, had well written stories. Allie did a live foner from LeMoyne's baseball field, told us about the weather and the team's practice schedule. Jesse's Mayfest story described the Walnut scene well, and the SOT from Henry Lewis worked well with the story.
Timing during the newscast itself was a little off. We managed to get through all the stories, but had to say "now this" instead of teasing because we were not sure we'd be able to read the kicker. Eric was able to shorten the kicker but keep enough so listeners know what was going on. We also had time to do a medium weather and a short goodbye.
Working during the day was pretty calm. We were able to get stories from classmates and from the wires. It took Eric a little while to get a contact and a foner, but he manged to get in touch with someone.
I got very stressed at 3:30, 30 minutes before our newscast. Eric started writing his anc act and realized he had very poor audio quality that could not be used. He only had 20 minutes before he had to be in the hallway, and was not able to call anyone else for a SOT and have time to write a story. We had to make his story into a copy story and try to redistribute time to the other reporter's wrap and foner and add more to other copy stories to make up for the possible dead air.
This stressed me out during those thirty minutes and carried over into the newscast. I was frazzled and when I tried to call Allie from the studio it didn't go through, and had to hurry to get her the phone number to call us before we started, therefore we couldn't get her a mic check. Some of my redistribution of time was off, which caused us to have to use the "now this."
Unfortunately this newscast did not run as smoothly as I had hoped it would as my second, and last time producing. But it did give me an opportunity to try and work in a stressful situation for the first time.
Though it was sunny, the wind was cold and strong. A few times during the game the ball looked like a definite home run, but only got caught in the wind for an out instead.
During batting practice, Coach Steve Owens said Tuesday’s weather forced the team to practice elsewhere.
“It’s the first time since January we’ve been inside,” he said.
But Owens said he wasn’t worried about the weather for the double header Wednesday.
“I mean, this is not ideal, but it’s certainly playable.”
Playable, yes, but the slick grass caused a lot of players to slip on the field when going for the ball.
Though many were bundled up in their winter coats and scarves, there were around 200 fans at the first game, which is a lot considering the seating in the small bleachers on either side of the field. Fans sat on the hill just off the field to watch the game as well.
Bill Mahoney is the father of Le Moyne’s third baseman Ryan Mahoney and says he thinks he and his wife have attended every home game this season. When asked if they would have come to the game if it were snowing, he laughed.
“Yes. Reluctantly, but yeah, we’d be here.”
Owens says Le Moyne doesn’t even start to play home games until April and the cold weather is nothing new, especially in Upstate New York.
“Everybody in the Northeast travels for the first five or six weeks of the season anyway,” he said. “I mean, we know we’re going to be on the road during that time, so it’s just part of what you do playing college baseball in the Northeast when the season starts February 18th.”
The second game started around 3:45 p.m. The Dolphins scored two runs in the third inning and the bulls scored one in the sixth. The final score was Le Moyne 2, UB 1.
With a 24-23 record, Le Moyne will travel to number 10 Florida State Thursday for a stretch of three games throughout the weekend. Coach Owens says it won’t be easy.
“That’ll be the best opponent that we’ve probably played in seven or eight years.”
The fourth annual 'Cuse Awards will be held tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theater in Downtown Syracuse. The awards recognize achievements of Syracuse University student athletes and coaches. This past year for SU Athletics was the most successful in the history of Syracuse University.
When I went in the pro shop, Drumlins assistant golf pro Cody Endress was there. He said there were about 20 people out on the course. He told me he was surprised by the large turnout on such a chilly day, but said that compared to yesterdays awful weather, it was pretty nice outside.
"Once they get into the swing of things start playing if they have to take one day off, they kind of panic and think that their swing," Endress said, "they're gonna lose their swing or something so they come right out the next day."
SU Senior Albert Tirado was on the driving range getting ready to head out on the course. He says since classes are winding down and he's about to graduate, he's taking every opportunity to go out and play golf with his friends.
"It's a little chilly, but that doesn't bother us. Just out here swinging, swinging the clubs." Tirado said.
Walking around, it didn't seem like the rain or snow affected the course at all. In fact, the course looked beautiful.
"Its as dry as a bone" Endress said.
He says this helps younger students looking for internship opportunities.
"Students who are obviously less skilled but also willing to work for less are more valuable."
Being a producer has never been so easy with the phenomenal group I had on my newsteam. We had our producer's meeting at 1245 PM, and by 11 AM, my two reporters, and my anchor all had stories. It was such a weight off my shoulders, and allowed for me to find sound for every story we did and to make sure that everything was as well written as I could make it. We were fine on time, the only problem I ran into was when I realized that during the Newscast I had forgotten to put in the sound into the shared files for the Obama story we were doing before the tease. So, I cut the Obama story, and we had to run a floater on Consumer Prices in our B block along with the kicker, weather, and close. It worked out Okay, I just wish we would have been able to use that Obama story. As for my team, I thought David's story and initiative to go get it and find the right people to talk to was fantastic. After joking with Merav earlier in the week that she was going to go to some event to raise awareness for a cause, she went to the Genocide Awareness event. The irony was not lost on either of us. She also did a good job. Alyssa was able to get a story about mailing in taxes on a relatively slow day, and did a good job with so many ACTS. Ovcerall, I was proud of the job I did, and how well my team performed.
Natalie tried calling multiple places for phoners, but for some reason nobody could talk to her and did not call back either. However, she was extremely helpful in writing stories, getting sound from others, and helping me produce the newscast.
For the order of stories, I led with the Bass Trial since it happened today and was relevant to the area. I made sure that the Clean Tech story and the Green Sheraton story went next to eachother since they were both about green sustainability. The workers memorial day story fit in after the Sheraton, and the mountain goat race after that. The mayfest security story was not as important so I ended A block with it.
In studio, things went pretty well. We were a little bit heavy with content, so I cut the mayfest story to give us a healthy 47 seconds coming back from break. Natalie was very good in her pacing and delivery, and did well to end the newscast with a succesful weather report and goodbye. Overall, I am very happy with how things went.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The SU offense struggled to get shots on cage all game, with only 16 of its 26 shots reaching Big Red goalie Kyla Dambach.
However, after Tegan Brown's second goal of the game gave the Orange a one goal lead with 7:22 to play, it was the Syracuse defense which helped out Hogan and kept Cornell scoreless to secure the victory.
"They played help defense and tried to get pressure on every shot, and I think they did, and they forced them to miss the goal many times, but really limit their shots too," SU Head Coach Gary Gait said. "They didn't get a ton of opportunities."
After three losses by one goal already this season, Gait said the No. 10 Orange's one goal win over unranked Cornell was crucial heading into a two game Big East road trip to Cincinnati and Louisville this weekend.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The ninth ranked Orange escapes Cornell with a 7-6 victory over the Big Red at Schoellkopf Field. Liz Hogan made a save at the buzzer to clinch the win. Syracuse wins the first game of its three game road trip and improves to 10-4 on the season.
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Today's newscast was tough for a few reasons. The first time I produced I had the AP wire to rely on for stories. Sadly there is no Syracuse University wire on ENPS so I knew that there weren't going to be a lot of stories (especially given that it's a Wednesday). I knew we'd have to do a lot of borrowing from other news-teams this week to make this work so I emailed all of the producers last night so we could get on the same page. So I knew what everyone was doing before I got to the producers meeting today. Also, I didn't get much sleep the night before (Sport Management research paper) and I had to go to the stadium before class to do some things for my internship with the Chiefs so I was pretty tired, which made things a little harder. Anticipating that there wouldn't be many stories to choose from this week and not wanting our rundown to be light, on my way to class I remembered that my friend Sam has been working with The Fly on a new CD. I knew Sam had class at Newhouse at the same time as me so I got out my voice recorder and grabbed him for a quick interview before class.
Hannah was really helpful and organized which helped me out a lot. At the beginning of class she actually gave me a sheet of paper telling me where she would be at different times before the newscast. Also, during the time between her interviews (I was pretty impressed that she got two interviews) she offered several times to help me with writing stories and I ended up taking her up on her offer and she did a story about internships (I think it was originally Jake's story).
Things were going pretty smoothly early on. Because I already knew what all the other groups were doing ahead of time I was able to come up with a rundown really quickly. But as the day rolled on, it got kind of hectic in the newsroom because of all the story borrowing going on. Because we were relying on other groups so much this week (we were waiting on Jess for an architecture phoner), there was also a lot of waiting going on.
Simon got his phoner about sustainability at SUNY Oswego done pretty quickly and did a nice job of helping me edit and write the stories as we went along. Hannah got back too late from her last interview to be able to put together a wrap but it wasn't really a problem and she ended up just doing her piece live in the studio. As 4:20 neared, I really thought that we were going to be light so at one point I moved a floater about Zipped Magazine (which I believe was originally Flavia's story) up into the A block. At the last minute I decided to drop it back down to a floater, thinking that Hannah's story on Otto tryouts might run a little long. This ended up being a good decision because we weren't nearly as light as I thought we'd be, as we had only about 30 seconds left after the break. I give Simon a lot of credit for improvising a little bit on the SU softball kicker so that we didn't go over.
Overall I have mixed feelings about how things turned out today. I liked what I was able to do with my story about The Fly and I think I wrote more stories than I did the last time I was a producer, which is good. Simon stumbled over a few words as the anchor and I blame myself for that because if my writing had been sharper I'm sure Simon would have sounded smoother and probably wouldn't have slipped up as much. Also, as soon as the newscast ended I knew I made a huge mistake by leading with the dead body on South Campus story. I just know I'm going to get ripped apart for that when I get my grade on Sunday. For some reason I thought that because a death was involved that it would be good to lead with but in retrospect I guess it wasn't really relevant since it happened last Friday. So that's pretty frustrating for me. Still, we weren't light like I thought we'd be and our timing ended up being almost perfect. So there were positives.
The band consists of two Syracuse students in the school of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, Keith Smith and Farasha Baylock. Smith is a self-trained musician in five instruments and Baylock specializes in poetry and classical acting. The two combine to produce a combination of R & B, pop rock, and rap.
"We stand for freedom and expression and rebellion," says Smith. "We think that we're free and we hope that our music encompasses that in what you hear and what you experience at our shows."
Sam Wilson, the band manager, says The Fly will release a demo album next week.
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The anchor of the newscast was Jess. She did not have a foner planned before class, but she was very helpful with helping Allie with a story idea. In the end, Jess used this back-up idea she gave to Allie as her foner. She interviewed architecture students about their final projects that are due tomorrow and what the students had to do for these final projects that they have been pulling all-nighters this past week for. Jess was not able to get in contact with someone until about 3:00, so that ended up being a bit stressful because she was rushing to write her story while I was printing out the rundowns. However, I think Jess did a great job under the time pressure and came out with a good story. She was also very helpful with writing stories and helping me figure out the order of the rundown.
Allie was one of the reporters. As of Tuesday night, Allie was going to do her story on the withdrawl deadline (this past Monday), but when the person at the registrar's office was not there to give her an interview, she made a last minute switch to doing a story on Junior Day at SU. Allie did a great job remaining calm and never giving up on finding a story...she went right out into the field and reported on what was right in front of her and I thought it was a great recovery.
Eric was my second reporter. Since Eric was going to the women's lacrosse game in Cornell today, he was planning on finishing his wrap on the trip to Cornell and then e-mailing it to me. He had his interview done this morning, but while I was in the production meeting I got a frantic phone call from Eric saying none of his sound recorded. It worked out okay, though, because Eric did a live hit from the women's lacrosse game. We were in contact all day working out the details and the communication there was great.
The actual newscast went okay. Jess sounded really good and comfortable on air for only reading through the script one time beforehand. At some point we must have went over on time a lot because I had to have Jess cut Eric off in the middle of doing his live story. This was definitely my fault because I told Eric he had 50 seconds, the time allotted, and I probably should have given him a lesser time in case he went over. Eric DID go 50 seconds, but we were heavy going into it, so I had to have Jess cut him off with "NOW THIS". However, because Jess and I were communicating so well before the newscast went on air, we had already planned everything out in case this happened, so it went smoothly considering the circumstances.
We came back from the break with 23 seconds left. I told Jess to read the kicker and then judge what weather and close to do based on how much time there was left. When she still had a full sentence to go in the kicker and we only had 8 seconds left, I motioned for her to cut the last line and go to the weather. Luckily, she noticed this and closed with a short weather and a short close with 2 seconds to spare.
The only thing that got messed up at the end was that Jess didn't say "NCC News On-campus." This script error annoyed all of us, I think, because just 10 minutes before we went on-air I reminded Jess to introduce herself in the music and headlines (something I forgot to do last week) and she remembered to add "On-Campus" to the music and headlines, but we just forgot to add it in to the close.
All in all, being the first 3:50 newscast and first week doing on-campus stories, I think we did a good job. There was definitely a ton of stress and a lot of last minute story changes, but we all dealt with it well. Also, I think the news team as a whole worked well together because everyone was using each other's stories and everyone was very open to giving each other sound from their interviews or other information about their stories.
Orange was seen more than usual around the Syracuse University campus today. It seemed like half of the people walking around the quad or Hall of Languages were carrying an orange, recyclable bag.
SUNY Oswego will host its first sustainability fair this evening to promote green products and services. The fair is free of charge and will house 50 vendors that will promote their green initiatives. Thad Mantaro was one of the organizers of the fair, and is happy with how the fair came to fruition.
For most Syracuse University students, finals start the second week of May but for architecture students, they have spent sleepless nights this week preparing for their studio final tomorrow afternoon. Different groups of students were assigned a real site and they visited that site to come up with an idea for the final project. Although they've been working gradually on their idea for a month now, it still comes down to the last week.
Second year student Weston Halkyard's building is an art school for downtown Syracuse. "We all know what we have to do and have been doing it but this is when everyone tries to make it look good."
Floor plans, 3-D images and diagrams are all due tomorrow.
"It's been extremely stressful but unfortunately sleep is just put on the back burner for now. It is definitely worth it in the end," said second year student Liz Mikula, who is building a new City Hall for New York City.
After this studio class is over they still have their other classes to focus on for the next couple of weeks until school ends. The students get reviewed by their professor one at a time tomorrow starting at 1 pm.
At around 1 pm on Friday the sheriff's department received a report about a body found in a wooded area behind campus apartments. Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety says DPS assisted the Sheriff's department on the Scene. Deputy Chief of DPS, Drew Buske says there was no evidence of any foul play on the scene.
Buske says the subject registered for a class at Syracuse University but did not take the course.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Retail Management professor Amanda Nicholson, at the Whitman School of Management, said the rise in apparel sales shows that people are now making luxury purchases and not only buying things they only need. "The reason for this is mainly the early spring, summer weather in the northeast," Nicholson says. "Do we have specific numbers for Syracuse, no, but they are fairly optimistic down in Armory Square that things are turning around."
Just like spring cleaning, this is the time of year people look in their closets and decide they need new...everything, just because the weather is above 40 degrees. Living in Central New York will do that to you.
"There is an increase in retail sales, but we are going against last years numbers which is hard. Any up is good though," Nicholson said.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
"The time has come in this country where we're losing our rights on a daily basis," said Joanne Wilder, organizer for the CNY Patriots, as she stopped briefly to talk during her busy day Wednesday preparing Thursday's protest.
The economy seems to be slowly coming out of a recession, and the only slight increase in the cost of living accelerates a recovery, said Syracuse University Economics Professor Donald Dutkowsky (above right, from Maxwell School website).
"The significance is the inflation is not a problem, and that's good, because it leaves the federal reserve the freedom to focus on expanding the economy," Dutkowsky said.
The federal government can now focus on creating jobs, Dutkowsky said.
"Doing things that they can to stimulate job economy. Job creation and job addition and unemployment rate going down is usually the last thing to happen in a recovering economy."
The United States's 9.7 unemployment rate is still more than four percent higher than it should be, so there is a long road ahead to full economic recovery, Dutkowsky said.
Syracuse Police have handed out 924 tickets since they started their crackdown against people using phones while driving on April 8th. Captain Shannon Trice, the Syracuse commanding officer of the traffic division, says most of the tickets have been given to drivers in downtown Syracuse.
Construction workers are still tearing down the fallen building along Interstate 81, two months after debris from the building fell onto the highway.
The Department of Transportation reopened the northbound section of the highway last month, but large pieces of cement from the building still need to be removed by construction workers.
At lunchtime on Wednesday, construction workers used an excavator to break up cement blocks and remove them from the work site on N. State St. The supervisor says the project should be finished within the next few days.
The fallen building is fenced off, with drivers from the northbound and southbound lanes being detoured to N. Salina St.
Alexander Gadson, who lives only a block away from the work site on N. State St., says the project is taking too long to finish.
"It's a big inconvenience for everyone living near the building," he said. "They're spending all this money, and it's taking forever."
Another construction crew is working on replacing the Butternut Street bridge, only a few blocks away from the fallen building. With the two construction projects going on at the same time, Gadson says it's impossible to drive down N. State St.
"I can't cross any of the bridges," he said. "And it's difficult to access the on-ramp to I-81."
The North Syracuse School District finally put the budget issue to rest earlier tonight at its Board of Education meeting. The finalized budget for the 2010-11 school year includes some major cuts.
“Not everybody is happy but it’s the best we can do. It’s been a very difficult experience,” said Superintendent Dr. Jerome Melvin about this year’s budget.
Beginning next year, there will be no general music classes for 1st through 4th graders. Previously, 1st through 4th graders in North Syracuse had two periods a week devoted to music classes. These music periods are going to be replaced by classes that will help students gain computer skills. All the high school’s freshman athletics teams except for the football team and the girl’s volleyball team will be gone next school year as well.
Earlier proposals were supposed to have even more cuts but the district’s director of security and resource officer positions have recently been restored to the budget. While the cuts to the athletics and music departments may be what people are talking about the most, Superintendent Melvin says he doesn’t want people to forget that teachers are getting laid off too. “[Sports and music cuts] gets a lot of attention but we’ve lost teachers. Fifty-two teachers are going to be laid off. That’s important,” he said in a phone interview earlier today.
Dr. Melvin acknowledged that figuring out next year’s budget should be even more challenging than this year’s and could include some drastic cuts. “2011-2012 is going to be crisis. Things aren’t good right now,” the superintendent said.
People buying gas in Solvay, Camillus, and Syracuse all have one thing in common. They are all seeing gas prices rise. According to AAA, gas prices are up six cents in the last month from $2.79 to $2.85. The New York State average, however, is a whopping $2.99. Drives in Syracuse are seeing a lot of that lately, but the prices aren't stopping them from driving.
Dibinga is a motivational speaker, a poet and a rapper. He spoke to students about how he came from a poor family in Boston, Mass., failed the seventh grade and stayed back. But he was able to turn his life around; by the end of high school he was in the National Honors Society.
Dibinga's message to the students was clear: he did it and so can they. He told them to succeed they need to G.R.O.W: give, release, overcome and win.
He spoke to them about the genocide in Congo. He said students in the U.S. might think they have problems, but at least they have a choice in their future. He asked, "when you think about what you're dealing with right now, are you dealing with that? Do you wake up every day with those types of worries? Do you wake up every day right now thinking that someone might make you a child soldier? That someone might come kill your entire family?"
Dibinga told students if they have electronic equipment they might be helping the cause. People in the Congo are being killed because of resources to make electronics. He said people need to know they are connected to the genocide. "It's one thing to say it's just those Africans over there fighting, that's what they do," he said. "But it's still different when you're talking about many of these issues are still happening so we can have electronic equipment."
Dibinga also spoke on a Genocice Awareness panel at Syracuse University today at 5 pm, will speak at Take Back the Night at 7 pm and will be interviewed tonight on a local radio station. His music can be found on itunes or on his website.
**Picture taken from Omekongi Dibinga's website.
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It was a very slow news day today, so it was difficult for reporters and anchors to find good stories. Greg and Jessica were reporters and we all kept in touch discussing our story ideas.
Greg and I thought an update on the demolition going on on State Street was a good story. He went to the site near I-81, but wasn't able to get sound bites from construction workers. He said the construction workers aren't allowed to talk to the press and that the person who is allowed wasn't there at that time. Greg found a man who lived near the demolition site and talked to him about how the demolition is affecting him. It turned out to be a great wrap and Greg did a great job of finding another story and not quitting when the first idea didn't work out.
Jess also had trouble finding a story. We were in touch throughout the day and she told me she would do a story about high retail sales. She went to the Chamber of Commerce, but was not able to talk to anyone. She contacted a professor from the Whitman School of Management and was able to make a good story on time. Like Greg, she did a great job of not quitting when what she had planned didn't work.
Jesse was our anchor and he did a really great job. His foner was about the North Syracuse school district's budget vote tonight and his anchor act was very informative. During the newscast, Jesse's delivery was very impressive. He's normally a quiet speaker, but during the broadcast, he sounded confident and made the stories he read comfortable to listen to. Professor Nicholson complimented him after the broadcast and said it was his best delivery so far in the class. I also thought Jesse and I worked well together preping for the broadcast.
The actual newscast went pretty well. Right before we had to get in the studio, Jesse noticed one of our copy stories was very repetitive to Jess' story that came right after, so we decided as a team to cut the copy story. We were light coming out of the commercial, so Jesse and I decided to use a 10-12 second floater. After the floater and the kicker, we were still a little light on time, but Jesse read the medium weather and the long good-bye. He did a great job of filling extra time at the end. We ended about 9 seconds early, but I didn't think it sounded bad at all.
The second time producing was definitely harder than the first time. I had a really hard time helping my reporters when they were stuck with their stories. Since I'm normally not a good quick decision maker, this was very stressful and I don't think I did a very good job in this aspect. Jake was really nice and tried to help me think of another angle Jess could take with her story, but I wish I'd known how to help her myself. In my opinion, I had to ask Professor Nicholson for help too many times. I like the feeling of accomplishing many tasks, and I feel as a producer, that's what you feel. I thought I did a decent job of writing stories, using sound bites from other classmates and ABC. I thought the rundown was difficult to construct, but I felt good about it afterward.
I still enjoy producing, but I was disappointed in my performance as a producer. I think I will learn from this and hopefully next time I produce a newscast or show, I will do a better job. Producing is a decision-making job, and I hope if I keep producing other newscasts or shows, I will get better at making big decisions.