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The Victoria Advocate multimedia team reported on the ADDY award show last month. We were so excited to cover a red carpet event in the Crossroads. We were fully staffed with reporters, editors and photographers to ensure the big night went off without a hitch. We aimed for entertainment more than journalism with this video production.

I served as the Advo-host conducting interviews with the red carpet stars. Some people approached me with ease, others had a little hesitation -- understandably so because it’s hard being in front of the camera. My bloopers toward the end of our video made that evident.

I talked to about 125 people about their fashion inspirations and thoughts about the night. The day after the award show, my counterpart and I provided a little commentary about the looks of the night. It started off as light-hearted fun but parts ended coming across harsher than we intended. That is why we decided to pull the video and re-edit it. The updated version appears with this blog.

It was never my intention or anyone else’s to create ill will toward anyone. The premise was to be a parody of red carpet shows. I must admit I chuckle when I see people get so worked up over fashion. The difference is these Hollywood celebrities sign up for the scrutiny and get paid millions. Even so, I venture to bet they don’t care for it.

At the Addy's, I had the pleasure of speaking with hard-working people who wanted to support an event in Victoria. Part of my job is to cover arts and entertainment events, and Advocate readers make my job much easier. I’ve received great tips and story ideas from the public and am so grateful that Crossroads residents are so engaged. I am striving to have a long-lasting and trusting relationship with the community at large. There is still room for growth, and I know that falls on me.

After the published video hit cyberspace, it was an instant hit. Some viewed the video favorably, but others did not. Whenever a conflict arises, I ask myself what’s the lesson learned and what I will do differently next time.

I’ve learned some valuable lessons from this video that I will apply to my career and everyday life:

-- Be intuitive: A good, clear conscience can prevent a bad occurrence. If your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.

-- Be transparent: It’s important to be clear with the reader true intentions. Trusting relationships take time and at times it takes 10 positive encounters to erase one negative.

-- Be empathetic: Try to consider all points of view and not just your own. Situations may play out differently if more sides are considered.