The differences between the old place and FoxCT are immense. I worked in a building with around 100 people. Now I work with 700 people.
There are economies of scale we have the old place never did. Things as simple as having mechanics on-staff to fix live trucks or security round-the-clock. Simply put there are now “people for that.”
We have an engineer in the control room during all newscasts with no other task than being there should something go wrong. Wow!
I’ve been at FoxCT less than a month, but see a very different attitude toward our mission. The people I work for feel there is money to be made by making an investment in a better product. If you watch you’ll immediately see it’s a fuller newscast with less repetition and fluff.
It’s possible the folks I worked for before also had this goal. I just didn’t see it implemented.
I am working with some very smart people. I hope they like me. I like them a lot.
It’s cool for me to be in a newsroom which is both TV and newspaper (Hartford Courant). I am a newspaper groupie. Having newspaper people in close proximity is a good influence on TV reporters.
On a personal level I have been supported in promotion and encouraged to be more involved on-air. Over the past decade my participation in live broadcasts from the field and science reporting had been cut to zero. Now I get to do science features nearly every day.
I’ve only been at FoxCT four weeks. I am still on the honeymoon. Give me time. I’ll find things to complain about. Right now it’s fab!
Oh… there is the driving. If they could only move the building closer to me.