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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

There's No Take Two In A Live Shot

When you're a local TV reporter recording a standup for a story, you screw up sometimes -- you're tongue tied, or tired, or can't remember what you were going to say. It can be frustrating, but you can always stop and start over again, because it's on tape and you'll only send in the final version, where you get everything right.

But when you're doing the story live, you can't just stop in the middle and throw down your notes in disgust. That's the shot everyone will see, and you'll leave the anchorman stumbling for a lame "technical problems" excuse.

With that in mind, let's meet Gordon Boyd, a reporter for the CBS affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee...