David M. Reisner
AC360° Digital Producer
So we launched the new website last week and I promised you more behind the scenes action.
We've been bringing you many blogs from the road, vlogs from the field... and now I wanted to share with you things that we say around the newsroom... Language we use, for things you watch.
So from time to time we'll bring you a new phrase in our TV vocabulary:
Here is today’s "TV Talk:"
"The package is crashing!"
This means that the story we are working on is fast approaching deadline...
The producer working on a story for the program spends most of the day gathering facts, sorting out information, collecting video clips, and writing the script based on all of these...
After that, they must get the script they have written approved to guarantee sources are correct and information is up-to-date.
Once approved, the producer and reporter head off to record/narrate the story... then continue on to the editing bay.
Once they get into the editing bay – it’s a race against the clock to take all the images and combine into one video clip.
You are literally 'crashing' into the deadline of when the story is needed on the air.
Since different people at CNN work on different programs, you'll often hear the following conversation around the editing area.
PERSON 1: "Hey, how are you!??! What’s going on? What’s new, how are t...."
PERSON 2: "Hey – can't talk – I'm crashing right now!"
…at that point PERSON 1 usually stops talking and backs away slowly as if they have just discovered they are face to face with a ferocious animal.
So what happens if we're crashing the piece... and we don’t have enough time to finish?
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s ‘TV Talk’…
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