A Look at Live News
By RACHEL HIRSCHHEIMER and ALEXIS CORBIN
In the control room, News12 producers, editors,
and the director make a live broadcast possible.
Anchors Stone Grissom, left, and Stacey Bell spend many late nights in editing rooms. “I had to go to Sandy Hook when the students were all killed and I had to stand there and do live shots and talk to people. It’s tough to go up to someone that is grieving and had just lost somebody,” Grissom said. “They think you’re a jerk, and you kind of are a jerk, but it’s your job and it’s very important that the rawness of what’s going on is conveyed. Because I can tell you how horrible it is, but it’s better if someone going through it tells you.”
News anchors Grissom and Bell deliver their lines from this teleprompter during their live reports.
Meteorologist Samantha Augeri delivers a live weather update in front of a green screen.
NBC 4 New York
As “Today New York” anchor Lauren Scala prepares for a normal day in the studio, she explains her hectic schedule. “This group right here, they start your day. They are always positive and fun people. You roll out of bed and you’re going to be out there in front of many people and you want to look and feel your best and be happy about it. When you look and feel your best, you do your best,” Scala said. “I feel very blessed. It’s funny how life comes full circle and now here I am doing what I’ve always wanted to do.”
NBC anchors sit here while reporting the news all across New York. “My favorite kind of story to
broadcast is one that strikes an emotional chord with people at home and then hopefully inspires them to take some sort of action to help someone else,” explained anchor Darlene Rodriquez.
Scala prepares the next traffic update. “Monday through Friday I am the traffic reporter for WNBC around 3:30 a.m. I do. My day begins at around 2:00 a.m. I come into the studio the traffic for the morning show which is from 4:30 a.m.-7:00 a.m. Then I usually film at 12:30 p.m. for “New York Live” which is a daily lifestyle show. I do the food reporting for that show,” Scala said.
Rodriguez and Gargiulo smile for a picture between commercials. “Advice I have for future journalists is know that the key is internships because you go and see what people do on a daily basis,” Gargiulo said. “You have to see if you really like that environment. You must have a good education. I think it is nice to go someplace to have journalism as a concentration of studies and get the experience in the college radio and the TV station.”
Monitors line the walls in the control room
where the broadcast is made possible.
Meteorologist Chris Cimino prepares weather updates for viewers.