Limerick Voice Live Green Team Blog Post 17181755 Alison Carr
Reflection, the good the bad and the ugly
The saying “you can never be too organised” is incorrect. My live Newsday did not go plan. Why? I over-planned and in doing so perhaps lost sight of the task. A LIVE NEWSDAY. Perhaps in the overplanning when my news story clashed with other teams it threw me. I had interviewed and edited several pieces of audio we didn’t use. I had recorded a video call with Fergus Tighe filmmaker about the Richard Harris film fest that was scheduled then cancelled for Oct 19, 2021, our designated entertainment correspondent never materialised, he more than likely didn’t take this module.
What I did well:
- Found stories for two of my colleagues
- Sourced numbers and names for interviewees for myself and colleagues
- Encouraged and supported my colleagues to make phone calls to get interviews done
- Scanned press offices of Labour Party, Green Party, Fine Gael Party on Monday eve for
upcoming events that could be correlated with a Limerick angle.
What I didn’t do well:
- Assert myself enough with my colleagues and insist going to radio studio and do a brief news roundup
- Adapt fast enough to the change of direction to my story
- Upload my audio files I had put so much effort into.
A motto in our family passed down through generations is, “do your best and forget the rest”. I have listened to and recited this phrase often. Alas on Live Newsday I did not do my best nor did I forget the rest, I became distracted and unfocused. My underperformance continued to gnaw at me for several days afterwards.
What the live Newsday did was compound was my love of journalism especially radio. After contributing to the workforce for thirty-two years in various jobs I didn’t particularly, I am now in a privileged position of being able to educate myself to pursue a lifelong passion for Journalism. #LimerickVoiceLive although not my finest day at work reminded me how I love working, that I have skills (albeit dormant) I can bring to this profession. I am comfortable with people and they with me. Finding news and shoehorning it to a local angle is also something I am good at. Many of us have been under pressure the last two years, physically, financially, mentally, limiting time constraints. The Newsday was not my finest hour but upon reflection it made me realise I can and want to work in a newsroom professionally.
Synergy is a word you’d expect to read on a sports drink, a nasty one that masquerades as healthy. This word best describes the last few days working on #Limerickvoicelive
The team I worked with were incredible. Keen, diligent, smart, talented and supportive.
delude myself into believing I’m Diana Prince
What I was really like on the day…