Wednesdays, when things start to quiet down around the newsroom — that is, when we’re not on or working toward deadline — Team News Bulletin has several meetings.
We review recent issues, look at the highlights and lowlights, and we analyze our work and determine how to improve on it. We go over best practices and new best practices, and we chat about what’s coming up in the next edition.
Sometimes, we veer off the itinerary and take a tangent that leads to unexpected inspiration.
The kinds of tangents Sports Editor Randy Dickson and I can go on will surely become legendary among our co-workers. I suggest different writing styles and photo tips that make sense to me but seem foreign to an old-school pro like Randy, who has always done it the same way.
Of course, we all have the same goals — to tell north Okaloosa County’s never-ending story with compelling words and images and, in doing so, bring the community closer together — but we sometimes have different ways of getting there.
Well, a month ago, during one of our debates, we stumbled upon an unexpected path toward inspiration. We agreed that north county residents could use more analysis on upcoming games, and we threw out options for Internet radio broadcasts when it hit us: Why not video?
Soon, excitement swelled — especially for my Radio, TV and Film major heart! — as we started planning a weekly webcast, the “North End Zone Sports Report,” which airs Wednesday evenings on crestviewbulletin.com. (Translation: Whenever one of our associates or I can edit it all together!)
Randy, a lifelong sports fan, has covered north county sports for 13 years, and I’m confident that his previews on high school and college games is unmatched. With his vast knowledge and passion for the Bulldogs and Gators, and my technical know-how with video production, I think we make a great team!
We hope you will, too.
Email Crestview News Bulletin Editor Thomas Boni, firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet him @cnbeditor.