What goes on in a TV newsroom….

Friends sometimes want to know how the stories they see on the air get there. At WSB-Television in Atlanta, there’s no one answer. However, the news cycle usually begins during the week with a morning meeting. In attendance are reporters, producers and just about anyone else on the news team who wants to attend. Possible stories are discussed and assigned to reporter-photographer teams. Plans are in place to cover and produce the days news, but everything is flexible and often changing. “Breaking news” trumps other stories. In the early afternoon, there’s a “split” session where producers and others decide which stories will go in which shows….the 4 p.m, 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. The night-beat crews are dedicated to the 11 p.m. newscast. They attempt to develop fresh stories and advance those seen earlier. With updates and overnight developments, the morning and noon news contain many stories that you may have seen in the 4, 5 6 and 11 p.m. news the day before. The cycle repeats itself Monday thru Friday. The weekends have fewer shows and fewer people reporting and making the decisions. No, we don’t consciously “slant” the news, but perhaps we do unconsciously by “exclusion” and “inclusion”, but that’s a discussion for another time.

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