One of things that goes through your head often is “where do I go from here?” Even though the Spring semester just ended, and I lost half of my news staff to graduations, I now need to develop the game plan for SLU News22’s 2009-2010 year.
This will be interesting, as I’m only person left from SLU News22 that was there when I started in August of 2007. So, what does that mean? Do we keep doing the news the way we always have, or do we strike out in a new direction? My experience directing a news department has not been to bad, considering I took over at mid-semester out of necessity. One of the good things to come with a completely new news team is that the new eager faces will be trained from minute one on writing, editing, and shooting video.
I want to start a process where everybody, in front and behind the camera can fulfill the needs of the modern newsroom as a multimedia journalist.
So far, the major issue I’ve had is trying to figure out how to integrate the newspaper aspect into SLU News22. Should reporters be required to write a certain number of newspaper stories? If so, so that they avoid the what readers commonly see when they visit TV websites: badly written and copy-edited broadcast copy. Should newspaper reporters be required to make at least 5 of their print stories a broadcast one?
I’ll continue to share thoughts on this as summer progresses…