One of the benefits of being a vj is the freedom to shoot stories when they happen, regardless of your work schedule.
That was the situation last Wednesday when the best story was to be happening around midnight. Since the assignment desk didn’t need to schedule a photographer to work with me, I had the freedom to go back to the arena that night and shoot the story when the story was happening. In the old newsroom model, that story wouldn’t have been shot and told because of scheduling.
I’m back in Southaven today and will be headed to Tupelo in a couple of hours to shoot a story for air tomorrow. I will bring that tape back to my home studio where I will write and edit the package before driving it back to Nashville tomorrow.
Again, using the old model of a two-person news crew, I probably wouldn’t be able to shoot this story. The station would have to devote 2 people to driving the 5 1/2 hours to shoot it and the two days it would take to get it done. Not to mention the hotel and food bills.
I’m digging the vj model.