CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Working in the TV business can be stressful.
Lots of tough stories to tell, deadlines and mistakes on live television that can bite you at any time.
But the most stressful part of my morning is deciding which stories our morning reporters should cover every day.
I wake up at 1:05 a.m. and then re-set my alarm to wake back up at 30 minutes later so I can get some extra sleep. It may not seem like much, but that 30 minutes is like heaven.
From there, I immediately text one of our producers to find out what's going on. I'm hoping for a breaking story, but often times when I ask what's happening, the response I get is "not much."
That means it's on me to decide which stories our three reporters will present in the morning.
We have a team of five producers putting together our 6 1/2 hour newscast. We have a short conversation (it's 2 a.m., so not everyone is especially talkative) about which direction we should take. As the executive producer, it's on me to make the final decision.
How do I choose? One story seems just as good as the rest, right?
Well, I look at several things to help me make a decision. Is it happening now? I'll agree that house fires or shootings are lame, but I know when our crew pulls up to the scene, something will be happening for at least a couple hours.
And, I'll be honest, I'm like a little kid: flashing lights immediately get my attention.
Will people be talking about it? Even though a story isn't necessarily new, there's interest.
People are always talking about the Reds, good or bad, or recently the murder mystery in Pike County.
Viewers seem to want to know more and I think we owe it to them to give any new information we have.
Now there's no exact science to picking which stories are going in our newscasts and often times, any decision I make is up for interpretation or second-guessing.
Stories that I think are unimportant could be really interesting to you and vice versa.
Ultimately, I make the best decision possible and hopefully our reporters can deliver the story in a way to keep our viewers engaged.
The good thing about working in TV is that no matter what, I get to do it all over again the next day and hopefully do it better than the day before.