June 23rd, 2008
04:30 PM ET

TV Talk: "The package is crashing!"

David M. Reisner
AC360° Digital Producer

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Hey gang,

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’…

Filed under: Behind The Scenes • David M. Reisner
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  1. Jocelyne

    Hi David,
    Thank you for the newroom talk. The producers and the reporters are always on alert, aren't they? I look forward to read what happens when there is not enough time to finish the story & learn more TV language... congrats on the design of the photo, very eyecatching:)

    June 23, 2008 at 9:52 pm |
  2. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    One man's crash, is another man's home stretch..Either way, I guess it means the product is bolting to the finish line. Bolting, but not quite ready for Prime Time? Thanks for the lingo lesson.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    June 23, 2008 at 9:30 pm |
  3. Lilibeth

    This should be entertaining. Thanks, David, for always making it so interesting.

    June 23, 2008 at 8:55 pm |
  4. Minou, New York City

    Interesting! Keep'em coming!

    June 23, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  5. Tracey - Boston

    This is going to be a very cool addition to AC360 site!!

    June 23, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  6. Fay, CA

    David, I really love this behind the scenes info–it must be pretty wild around the 360 studio with all the "crashing" that's happening on a daily basis.

    You are literally ‘crashing’ into the deadline of when the story is needed on the air.

    Anderson has said a couple of times on the live blog that he's busy correcting copy or writing some of the script that's fed into the teleprompter or something like that–I may have this all wrong, but it sounds like he's doing a little "crashing" himself during the show.

    Anyway, this is good stuff, please keep it coming.

    June 23, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  7. Cathleen, OR

    Hi David,

    This is a great new addition to the blog; you all are so creative! I
    love to learn new languages, so now we can learn your lingo, too.
    I will be taking new notes everyday. I have lived in three countries
    overseas, but I have never been to NYC. Now when I go there, and
    of course go on the CNN tour, I will be able to know what you all are
    talking about! My kids and I will just have be cautious around any
    potential ferocious animals! Shalom!

    June 23, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  8. Hannah Storm

    Must stink when you have "crashed the package" and it gets pushed aside for breaking news or developing stories.

    Great new feature!!!! I am going to start using this when working on deadlines at work. Thanks David

    June 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  9. skipper

    I like the new feature:)

    June 23, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  10. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hi David!
    Isn't live television exciting? I have been involved with live theatre but live T.V. must be the ultimate. Do you guys have high blood pressure?
    You all are good at pulling it off or, really cover well.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for keeping yourself honest!

    June 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  11. Jolene

    David: Oh, thanks for the cliff hanger! You must enjoy "teasing" the viewers. Joking aside, TV Talk sounds interesting....so far you got me hooked. I'll tuned in tomorrow.

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    June 23, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  12. Paulette

    Intrusting that you’re doing this. I like it. I don’t like the little cliffhangers. Stay tuned same bat time tomorrow…. Come on. That’s little cheesy for me. Why chop up it up like that? It’s irritating. Just give me the facts now. I’m not going to check every day to find out why, or even click to read your pieces in the future knowing your chopping up the story. And if you continue to do it that way its to bad. It started out a good idea.

    June 23, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  13. marcy

    love it, we have that here at work but it's a ninja turtle action figure, if his blades are out ... back away, if they are tucked away safely approach, but be forewarned that the blades can come out if you linger for a long time.

    love it, keep it up i love this behind the scenes stuff!
    Mobile, AL

    June 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  14. Cindy

    Cool addition to the blog! Now we all are going to be going around using y'alls TV lingo! LOL

    And man...the producers work their butts off don't they!? Man...I hope they aren't doing more than one story that is crashin at about the same time. If so I bet they are some ferocious animals to deal with indeed! LOL

    Looking forward to more lingo tomorrow.


    June 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  15. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Much like with a car, crashing doesn't sound like a good thing.

    June 23, 2008 at 4:47 pm |