“We’re following Breaking News!”
The graphics, the music, the tone, command your attention, because something is happening now. It’s how a well-oiled news operation works. But speed must be tempered with accuracy and context. Often times, Nicole Livas and I work without scripts in such fluid situations. We filter information from our assignment desk through our producers and reporters, who often times communicate with us on the fly during big stories. So Nicole and I must develop a feel for each other’s rhthym. I’m often asked, “How do you know when to talk?” My answer is simple, “when Nicole’s finished, I talk.”
It sounds easier than it is. Timing comes from getting to know your co-anchor’s style, and move beyond the words. Often times, it works like two guitar players finishing each other’s part. Other times, someone steps on a word or two. But, it’s the information that’s paramount–such as the five things to look for starting on WAVY News 10 at 5.
1.) Wednesday winter storm or washout? Once again, Hampton Roads’ frigid fight with the season takes center stage. By the time you read this, it may be snowing in your neighborhood. The Super Doppler 10 Weather Center is popping today. Take a moment to see our weather blogs, where Jeremy Wheeler calls the developing scenario for the East Coast a “mess.” But as I’ve said before, the forecast could change. So tune in at 5.
2.) Williamsburg Winter Those of you living on the peninsula could be on the edge of the worst local weather from this system, which is why we have Jason Marks on the road in Williamsburg. He’ll make several appearances between 5 and 6:30 pm.
3.) Suffolk tragedy two-fold In less than 12 hours, two vehicles went into two different ponds in Suffolk, with deadly results. One of the accidents claimed a young mother of two. Art Kohn and Stephanie Harris have compelling interviews you’ll see throughout our 90 minutes of news.
4.) HRBT revisited Andy Fox investigates what happened when a metal plate through a man’s truck shut down the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and I-64 during Tuesday’s rush hour. He has a long list of questions for VDOT.
5.) Two buck minimum Democrats in the Virginia Senate narrowly passed a two dollar increase in the state’s minimum wage to $9.25. The GOP controlled House of Delegates may have other ideas.
Nicole and I will be ready for these stories and other “breaking news” scenerios beginning at 5.