What You Wanted to Know (and Didn’t Want to Know) About Technical Communication

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Behind the camera of a news station, there is a lot more than meets the eye on camera.

When people think of news, they generally first think of the on-screen talent. Think of all the news channels that report on events happening in the community. Now, who are the first people you think of when someone mentions that specific channel? The anchors. But news channels have so much more than just the on-screen talent. For example, in the control room, you have people taking care of the on-screen effects, another taking care of all the sound, from a background noise, to the anchor’s voice. You have the camera people who are on set, and and the engineer perfecting the quality. And directing all these people is a director.

Every show has a director, even though (usually) only movie directors get the true credit of being a director. But even the sports games you watch on T.V. have a director. They are the ones standing in the back of the control room, telling people to fade camera three to camera one, or to fade from camera one to commercial. Directors are constantly issuing commands to make sure that the show runs as smoothly as possible. And that the on-screen talent has as little work to do as possible.

On-screen talent is the people you see reading the news. While we know that A TON of work goes on off-screen, what about on-screen? The anchors that you see reading the news everyday don’t actually memorize every story. The actually read off a teleprompter. A teleprompter is a device that goes on the front of a camera and shows a script. That’s what keeps the on-screen talent is also always looking at the camera.

Weather people have it a bit harder than just the teleprompter. They have to stand in front of a green screen and look at televisions on either side or in front of them. They also have to point at certain points on the map, and since on the television’s the image is reversed, that’s a little harder than it seems.

While it seems that all a news broadcast is is it’s on-screen talent, it’s actually so much more than that. And the truth is, you don’t get a majority of the news team on the camera.