A call out to veteran journalists!
Have you ever made a mistake that was so horrific that you felt like crawling into your bed and wished you never had to come out?
What is the worst mistake you made as a journalist in Asia that you would not want to see repeated by another AAJA-Asia member?
Mistakes can involve attire, protocols for interviews/press conferences, having the wrong plug adapter, whatever.
Check out a story of one of our dear AAJA members–
When I was a student reporter just starting out in broadcast, I had not quite handled the art of juggling yet. You see, as a broadcaster, there are a lot of things going on. To the audience, you’re just talking to them. But behind the scenes, we have producers talking in our ear telling us about the next commercial break or if video or sound bite we expected to introduce next was suddenly unavailable… you get the idea.
So, there I was, proudly in the broadcast booth, reporting on a story. I tried in my most authoritative broadcast voice to intone: “Hundreds of workers at the local auto plant got laid…. ” (pregnant pause, as a producer, was talking in my ear to tell me something urgent, and I instinctively stopped to listen. When I processed, I resumed my broadcast) “… off today.”
Too late. The disaster of the unfortunately timed pregnant pause. Sadly for the workers, it was indeed a layoff and they lost their jobs. But it sounded a lot more optimistic with my pregnant pause 🙂
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