“My typical day involves starting the morning reading multiple newspapers both online and in print. Then, I head into a morning meeting, typically via phone from my car or some random location, and pitch three story ideas for the day. By noon, I am expected to have a preliminary Web script posted online including at least a few pictures. I usually write my script using my Droid phone and take pictures with my phone, too,” Ingles says.
After her first round of reporting, Ingles keeps working the story.
“Once I post, I get back to my story, interviewing, shooting b-roll and shooting my own standup. I do not have my own cameraman and I also drive myself to and from stories,” Ingles says.
“If I happen to go live, the cameraman will meet me at a location, but they do not shoot or edit for me. Depending on the location of my story, I either head to the bureau or main station to edit. If those locations are not close, I upload my clips in the car to my laptop, log, track, write and edit, all while sitting in the driver’s seat. Then, I either FTP my work, feed it in or upload it to the server from a computer at the main station.”
Now, she’s ready to get back to the Web.
“Before the story airs, I must have a new script with extended interviews and more information posted online. I commonly add more photos that I took throughout the day as well,” Ingles says.
“Depending on available time, I also will leave the viewer with an option to learn more about the story. For instance, I will write a “behind the scenes” blog regarding detailing what viewers did not get see on televison or direct my viewer to our Web site to see extended clips from an interviewee.”
Of course, the job sometimes requires Ingles to look “glamourous.”
“Now, should I be going live, you will find me curling my hair in the car (yes, my hybrid car has an electrical outlet) and putting my make-up on minutes before on-air time,” Ingles says.
“Once my deadline is met, I have to cut a vo/sot for the 9, 10, and AM shows. I try to include different sots to keep the story fresh for viewers and never recycle bites unless they are very emotional and striking.”
But there’s still work to be done.
“I conclude my day by sending a follow up file to the entire news team (reporters, photographers, producers, etc) via email detailing my findings, providing contact information for my interviewees and tell them what angle I think could/need to be pursued in the future,” Ingles says.
Working in TV news today is defnitely not for slackers.