Yesterday, Reuters launched the world’s first mobile TV news service designed for on-the-go, informed, globally-minded consumers who don’t watch traditional TV news. Delivered via a beautifully designed iPhone app, Reuters TV defines a new category of TV news by offering curated but personalized news coverage that is available anywhere. Reuters TV is a forward-thinking service that’s on-demand, up-to-date, relevant and mobile – putting users in control of what they watch and when they watch it. It is available for download now in the App Store in the U.S. and UK. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Sarah Charlton, Reuters TV Senior Producer in Asia, offers an inside look at how stories for Reuters TV are produced.
Q. Can you tell a bit more about your role as a senior producer for Reuters TV?
A. As a senior producer it’s my job to work closely with my editorial colleagues and determine which stories we cover and how we produce them, while ensuring our team hits deadlines to get content out quickly. That means liaising with my text and TV colleagues, commissioning reports and also keeping across the big and breaking news. In Asia, we have a huge region with different time zones and complications, which makes the job all the more challenging and exciting. Reuters TV is a great way for us to tap into expertise and insight from across such a wide area, and to get those stories/people on camera. I’m a point of contact – but only one part of a large and diverse team. I’m fortunate to work with some very talented writers/producers/editors who know how to script visual stories which pack a punch.
Q. What’s been your favorite story to cover so far with Reuters TV? Why?
A. Tough question! Every day we cover a huge variety of stories and have fantastic contributions from across Asia. In the past few months, we’ve had solid analysis on North Korea from James Pearson and Ju-min Park, hard-hitting reports from Reuters Correspondent Andrew R.C. Marshall in South East Asia (all filmed on a smartphone by the man himself), fun lifestyle stories from Video Journalist Chris Meyers in Japan and breaking news such as the Sydney siege where we saw Deputy Bureau Chief Jane Wardell at the scene. These different stories and topics illustrate great collaboration between editorial teams.
Furthermore, it’s not every day one of the biggest stories of the year breaks on your doorstep. Covering the Hong Kong protests was an incredible experience from start to finish. In terms of Reuters TV, it allowed us to experiment with various formats and get new reporters involved. As it erupted during Reuters TV’s ‘piloting’ phase, it was great for our development as a team and a product. It allowed us to see what worked well and what didn’t, while also building in a process to react quickly to breaking news.
Q. Can you tell us the ways in which you were able to cover the Hong Kong protests? (more…)