This morning I read an article on mediabistro.com titled "Morning TV Producer Blogs About Why He Loves Job: 'I Get to Witness History,'" about a journalist from a television station in Minneapolis-St.Paul who wrote about why he enjoys being a journalist. It made me think of my own time spent in a newsroom and made me somewhat nostalgic for those days.
The years I spent working in a newsroom were some of the best years of my professional life. Many who work in the news business will tell you that being a "witness" to historic events is a big reason as to why they love their jobs as journalists--that was one of the reasons mentioned by said journalist in the article I read today. I definitely concur.
But there are also many other reasons why I enjoyed working in the industry. One of them was working with true professionals--people who knew the business inside and out and there was (green) little ol' me trying to ingest and absorb all I could from them. Some of these people would eventually become part of my inner circle.
While I'm by no means an adrenaline junkie (I hate roller coasters and am afraid of heights), I did get a buzz from breaking news when the newsroom broke out into pandemonium trying to get everything in order to provide the most current and correct information as well as provide the best coverage.
Meeting the people who made news was also great--political figures were the most likely occurrence, but when a actor made a visit, it was always exhilarating to see them in person. I remember running into a very tall celebrity head-first while running out of an edit bay trying to get my tape into the control room so it could air on-time. The celebrity was coming around a corner but he wasn't visible yet--I only saw him when my face when straight into his chest. I still laugh about that one.
I really enjoyed the process of producing a piece, regardless of whether it was gathering b-roll (video), conducting interviews, writing or piecing it all in post-production. Seeing it all come together was an absolute high. Granted the deadlines were sometimes really tight, but it just made me work harder.
Some of what I said is also mentioned on mediabistro's piece, but I believe it's because those very reasons are why we got started in the media industry and why so many stay. Working in a newsroom is not for everyone, no doubt, but for those who decide to stay, it doesn't get better.
Why do you love working in a newsroom?