Back to the Past

by Melissa Brunner

When the old WIBW building burned last week, we dug up some old newsroom footage and chuckled remembering the clickity-clack of manual typewriters, the cut-and-past assembly of scripts and how we'd have to figure the timing of the shows by hand.

It feels a bit like that today! We've been telling you how we're upgrading equipment to begin local HD broadcasts. As part of the installation process today, our newsroom computer system had to be taken offline. I guess we still have some luxuries of modern technology. We are writing scripts in a Word document, emailing them to each other and compiling a master document with all the stories. We have the stopwatches out to time out how long the stories read (our newsroom computer system auto-times as you type!) and working out how many seconds of video you'll see before an interview comes up. You'd better have a good memory if you need something from our news archives - they're in the newsroom computer system, so you can't exactly search to find the subject and date.

Luckily, it's a short-term inconvenience and we're blessed with a talented team, everyone willing to pitch in and do a bit extra, since everything is taking extra time. But it sure makes you think how much we've come to rely on technology and how it's speeded up our lives. What would you do without it? And what tasks in your life are completely different than they used to be?



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