Bedtime stories for newsroom baby

This is the kind of bedtime reading we occasionally do: I bring out the KITV4 Island News scripts and the show rundown and I have Olivia practice reading aloud. Then we go over how to read a news lineup.

We review how the cameras and shots are scripted, how the news anchors toss to the weather or sports anchors, what teases are, how to tell if the story starts with video off the top or has an on camera read first.

I go over the types of story formats and quiz her to identify each one as indicated in the lineup. We talk about kickers and their placement in the show, what “floated” means, and then I use the terms in a sentence so she might understand technical conversations.

At other times, in her waking hours, I work with her on how to shoot video for news. I talk to her about how to anchor, what goes into reporting, what different jobs are in the newsroom.

My daughter may never want to be a newscaster, but I hope to give her a head start should she choose to pursue that option. I’ve had such fun in my years in broadcasting, and I like to share that with her.

11/6/18 General election – Ed Case for Congress

All she wishes to do is to use her ten minutes before lights out to squeeze out a little more Netflix time, but she tolerates me. #FunMom

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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