To take a quote from Downton Abbey, "What is a Weekend"
It's Friday morning and most people get excited knowing the weekend is near, however for myself that's not usually the case. Being I cover breaking news pieces I have to be ready to cover any story out there. Regardless if they take a week, a month, when it finally comes to a close one needs to be prepared.
So while I don't have anything scheduled for an article this weekend, other than my next wines and spirits article something might come up with one of my ongoing pieces of breaking news. That's just how it works.
"What is a Weekend", is one of my favorite quotes from Downton Abbey because it really sums up my work schedule. You might be thinking, "Then how do you get a day off or time away with family?" Good question! This is the one job I've had that truly does give me the best work/life balance. Being breaking news coverage is defined as an article covering breaking news, the time frame is often within 48 hours. There are other pieces I write but they are not set to a time frame.
Say I'm suddenly not feeling well. As long as I'm not covering a breaking article it's best to take that day and rest. That means I then use a day where I might normally not have something scheduled to work on a piece. It's like switching my day off with a work day. This way my work still gets done. Mind you I work all sorts of hours not just 9 - 5. I might be caught covering a breaking news pieces that start at 2 p.m. one day and runs all the way into the next day meaning I cover 14 hours of breaking news straight.
When that happens I'm eating right at my work desk or I might miss a meal especially if I have to go out and take photos of a scene. Something I mostly due with weather coverage of flooding or the river's iced over. There might be an accident. Here's a photo of a scene after a car was driven into a businesses. I like using my own photos for as many articles as possible. When using someone else's photos I like to give credit.
Keeping all content as accurate as possible is very important in my line of work. This helps build credibility and ones professional standing. It doesn't matter if you're a blogger, digital journalist, reporter or just someone socializing on Facebook. You can see what's happening in the media news networks like FOX, CNN, MSM are all loosing their credibility of publishing quality and creditable news pieces. This is going to have a HUGE affect on news coverage in the coming years. There's going to be a lot more people like me out there.
People are looking for those who report things accurately. They are tired of all the biased pieced and false statements.
So, while I might be working this weekend, I hope you will take the time to write all about the things you've experienced and I look forward to reading them.
Image Credit » Photographer: Wendy Spickerman