To start off, my experience working the CKTV News so far has been good because I had an easy job. I started the year off by working the technical director. The technical director is the person who sits in the middle of the titler and the audio person. They have control of a panel of lit up-colored buttons. They are the ones who controls the transitions of camera A, camera B, DDR, Net 1 (for the hanamakai slides; I'll talk about that later), and also "cross fades". If you are unfarmiliar of what "cross fading" is, don't worry, you will, as the year goes by. You can't go in any of the two rooms while a team is practicing and not hear the word, "Cross-Fade!". Cross Fading is when you are merging two screens, normally Camera A and Camera B in this case. This allows whoever is working the camera's to adjust the camera's and match the announcers eyes. Anyways, one reason is why my experience working the CKTV News was good, is because I had an easy job, but that's just my opinion. I bet a lot of people would disagree, however I think it's an easy job because all you have to do is press button to switch when one announcer is done speaking, when to switch to the credits, and when to end the opening. Speaking of the opening, that kind of complicated the titler and the technical director's job, but after a couple of times, we got used to it. Instead of last year where we faded the hanamakai winners as a title, this year we have a slideshow powerpoint of all the Hanamakai recipients. We play this powerpoint while the opening is playing, so we now have a permanent elmo job! The opening has to be playing in the background while the hanamakai slide's are going, so to do this, the titler and the technical director have to cooperate even more. When DDR is playing, the titler makes sure that Auto-Play is off, then the technical director switches to Net 1. The elmo person then goes through the slides, then the technical director switches back to DDR and finally, the titler turn's Auto-Play back on and the technical director switches to camera A. It was kind of confusing at first, but after practicing, we finally got it down.
The second reason why working the CKTV News has been good is because I already know how to work each job! Because I am a second-year student, I have an advantage over the new students, and that is knowing how to work each job. I already know how to work the camera's, floor manager, audio, director, technical director, titler, and the elmo! Last school year, I was taught how to work each job so I have experience working each of them. We worked each job at least once and so working the CKTV News has been kind of like a review, minus learning how to keep the opening playing while the slide's are running. When I was a sixth grader, learning all these new jobs was complicated and very confusing, so now that I'm a seventh grader, It's easier because I don't have to re-learn everything. If anyone is having trouble or is confused about what any of the jobs do or how to work them, you can come see me or your partner, Mr. M, or anyone in the class! We are all about helping our CKTV Ohana! But from what I saw so far, everyone seems to be doing good, especially for their first time working! Teaching the new students have been pretty good also, everyone seems to be knowing what to do and have been doing a good job, again. What's ironic is that last year I had the hardest time working the technical director, and in my second paragraph, I just talked about how I found it easy, Ha! And even more ironic, I think camera would be the most challenging job for me. Also check out a blog I wrote about the "morning announcements" or now called CKTV News, last school year!
Lastly, working the CKTV News has been good because I wasn't so nervous. Last year, you could ask any returnee-I was so nervous before the live broadcast, I was practically jumping. My palms got extremly sweating and I was so afraid that I was going to mess up and make a mistake, but this time it was different for some reason. I'm not as that nervous now; I still am, but just a bit. I guess I've grown some kind of confidence tied into my knowledge of how to work each job, that make's me not that nervous. If you are extremely nervous as I was, the best advice I can give you is to Practice. You can never get enough practice you know! Practice, Practice, Practice. If the team you're on isn't practicing when you have time to, tell them so! If I learned anything last year, Always practice when you can! If you make a mistake during the broadcast, don't feel miserable about it the whole day, instead strive to perfect the error, and don't let it happen again the next day!