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Teaching at the Pump

MyUSC students, who remember the famous live shot class at the gas station, will appreciate this post. Gasoline is heavily subsidized by the government here but sells for about 10.30 rufiyaa a liter or about $3.20 a gallon. With oil now going for over $110 a barrel USD on the world markets, the State Trading Organization says it will have no choice but to raise the price soon. This is a predictable and easy story, so I took the new reporter Ali to the gas station with Heena. The idea is to teach Heena how to teach the new hires when I’ve gone back to the US. This was Ali’s first attempt at a package after about a week of training. He struggled for 20 minutes to deliver the most basic standup bridge and hesitated to approach people for interviews, but he got the job done and the next time is sure to be easier, I hope.
Update: Ali was unable to put the package together and Heena turned it into a VO SOT.


  • thoughts of a dying regime

    A colleague of mine was giving an interview to TVM crew just yesterday.They had just finished signing an agreement and as the news crew was there they requested for an interview…just as the reporter started the cameraman’s phone starts to ring he answers it takes his sweet time to explain that he’s on a shoot.I think that this is very unprofessional and am sure you would have addressed these issues as well.

  • Terry

    Thanks for letting me know. I think this situation calls for understanding on both sides. Obviously, the journalist or camera operator should not be taking personal phone calls during a shoot. However, they have to be in touch with the news desk in case there is breaking news, so I don’t recommend that they turn the phones off.