Feature Writing || CNYRadio.com (2008-present) || TV News Producer (2005-2009) || Radio News Anchor (2006)
Articles for lite987.com (Lite 98.7 WLZW radio in Utica)
CNYRadio.com / CNYTVNews.com
2008-Present: This website demonstrates a combination of my skills in journalism, web design and social media.
Won second place for internet public service from Syracuse Press Club in 2011 and 2012. Considering this is a spare-time hobby for me and first place both years went to commercial outfits with full-time staffs to maintain their websites, I was very pleased with second place.
- Constantly monitor a variety of sources (on-air signals, station websites, Twitter feeds, Facebook feeds) for possible news items
- Solicit and investigate news tips from readers
- Confirm news tips by contacting station managers
- Networking with station managers and other staffers who are authorized to provide newsworthy items for the site
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Television News Producer
2005-2009: Here are three “Eleven @ 11:00” newscasts (minus commercials) I produced at NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Syracuse, NY.
- Coordinated all aspects of daily television newscasts ranging from 30 to 120 minutes in length.
- Evaluated “newsworthiness” of scheduled and unscheduled events and determined which items would receive coverage.
- Assigned field crews to various events, taking into consideration factors like timing, locations and available resources. Handled booking of satellite/fiber windows with ABC, CNN or Clear Channel as needed.
- Assembled newscast rundown, including story order, showcasing, and amount of time budgeted for each story.
- Wrote most anchor scripts and assembled most “standard” on-screen graphics. Submitted requests for any special graphics to be “custom built” by the production department.
- Edited all field reporter scripts. Provided corrections and suggestions to ensure stories are accurate and easy-to-understand.
- Conferred with web producer to find ways to cross-promote station website whenever possible. Handled web producing duties in regular web producer’s absence.
- Monitored police radio and other sources for spot news. Evaluated severity of events and rearranged newscast as needed.
- Supervised newscasts from control room. Implemented last-minute changes in computer (so new scripts appear in teleprompter and new graphics appear on-air) and verbally (so production crew and on-camera talent are aware of the changes).
- Responded to viewer questions and news tips via telephone and email. Based on nature of news tips, took steps to confirm and report immediately, or relayed to management for later follow-up.
- Improved ratings to #1-rated 11pm newscast in the Syracuse market. Maintained #1 ranking for all eight Nielsen ratings periods for which I produced this newscast.
- Assisted in training new producers. Supervised interns: provided work assignments and constructive critiques of their efforts.
- Applications used regularly: AP ENPS, DG Pathfire, Grass Valley Edius, BitCentral Precis, Axis FastMaps, Newsroom Solutions NewsTicker and Closings.
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|Audio only:WSYR 9pm Newscast – May 20, 2006WSYR 11am Newscast – July 22, 2006In addition to writing and delivering live newscasts for WSYR, radio anchoring shifts also included writing and recording two newscasts per shift for another Clear Channel station in New England, so that station could maintain a local news presence despite being unmanned on weekends.This required learning some basics about that station’s coverage area, including common nicknames for major landmarks and local sports teams, and the proper pronunciation of various names of places and people. After writing and recording the newscasts, they had to be uploaded into the company’s automation system so they would air on the intended station.
Radio News Anchor
2006: While working full-time as a producer at WSYR-TV, I had the chance to moonlight as a part-time weekend anchor at NewsRadio 570 WSYR.
- Produced and anchored two live radio newscasts per hour: six minutes top-of-hour and one minute bottom-of-hour.
- Monitored police radio and other sources for spot news. Evaluated severity of events and added stories to newscasts as needed.
- Interviewed news sources via telephone. Selected actualities (sound bites) to include with the story.
- Downloaded actualities and reporter wraps from network sources (Fox News Radio, Associated Press) for out-of-town stories.
- Imported audio clips into NewsGen system for on-air playout.
- Delivered newscasts live on-air. Adjusted delivery on-the-fly to meet specific timing requirements.
- Applications used regularly: RCSNews (formerly NewsGen), Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro), Internet Explorer, Outlook.
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