Good Morning ’Stoga staffers are expected to be in the studio 5 minutes before the first bell of the school day. The crew has 45 minutes to produce an 8-minute show that airs live at 8:08 a.m. every day.
I’ve worked out a crew hierarchy that leaves no doubt as to who is in charge of what and what is expected of each crew member:
- News Director/Executive Producer: that’s me; I’m the boss
- Student Producer (director): responsible for managing the control room crew and the talent; line-produces the show, and calls for shots and graphics; communicates via headset with camera operators; communicates with talent via IFBs.
- Tech Director: uploads packages to the TriCaster, creates a crawl of the day’s events, marks script and punches the show live
- Audio: tests microphones and IFBs, runs the audio board during show, chooses music to play before and after show.
- Graphics: creates over-the-shoulder and full screen graphics for news, sports and weather
- Floor manager: responsible for camera positioning, managing camera operators, communicating with talent
- Anchors: write script, which includes readers, vos and packages, and deliver script on-air.
- Weather anchor: compiles currents and the 5-day forecast and delivers the forecast.
- Sports: writes script based on scores and game times; airs highlights of sporting events shot by our after school crew.
- Field reporters: crews of two responsible for producing one package a week.
- Camera Operators: number of operators depends upon number of cameras (we use three in studio and one on our outdoor weather set).
- TelePrompter Operator: responsible for loading script into prompter and running prompter during the show.