Scratch the versus because I actually have to think like both. Thinking about who cares, what people care about, and why, guides me to know whether a pitch is exceptional or not. Thinking about the angle of a story pushes me to think more crucially about the intended audience, and the brand of my television station. Thinking about my team in relation to the work each member puts in, pushes me to jump out of my comfort zone. It forces me to trust each department. Trust departments enough to work their magic beyond the command of my voice. Trust them to tell a damn good story, and share it, too.
p.s. On Monday, I felt conflicted about whether a certain story should be covered because of how important and sensitive of a subject matter it was to one of my teammates. Being a student journalist helped me manage the situation better. So here’s to delving into both points of view and roles, and using them to my advantage!