Monday: Tri-State Conference with three governors. Front story for early news, turn package for late shows.
Tuesday: Break-out story from governor's conference, update station talent pages, attend major community announcement. Turn package on an abused dog getting a new lease on life.
Wednesday: Drive one hour to a small Nebraska town to attend a meeting on highway reconstruction that should have been done in the 2000s. Comb Twitter for storm damage in our viewing area and create a digital playlist for the evening team to use on-air. Send my weekly digital report to our corporate team.
Thursday: Drive two hours with our Chief Meteorologist to a small Iowa community hit by a multi-vortex tornado. Turn two packages, one for in-house, one for sister stations, both in time for early news.
Friday: Drive one hour to a picnic held by a local Representative and attended by the former Vice President. Create a social video from the event. Turn story for early news. Update station website and talent bios with new images.
Saturday: Technically "off" work, but need to keep social media pages updated with relevant news. No newscast today.
Sunday: Turn two stories for air. Produce evening newscast. Catch up on all digital/social reports neglected from days before. Anchor evening newscast.
Some like to say I "collect" meteorologists because it seems like many of the brilliant scientists that pass through our newsroom become my greatest friends.
Back on track. That list above isn't a list of jobs I have done in the past... but a list of what I currently do day-to-day and week-to-week. Our evening anchor once called me the "Swiss Army Knife" of the newsroom. That's become my moniker.
As I am coming up on my 6th year at my current station, I have begun to wonder what is next for me. I think I am ready for a new adventure. I've started to look for my next market, the next station to grow my craft and the next city to call home. But I have run into one common issue.
What the HELL do I want to do.
I enjoy wearing many hats and never having my day be the same as the last. I love the days that I can go speak to people in my community and then come back and sit at the anchor desk (yes, Diana... you told me so!). I enjoy the days I get to dig around on social media, create reports and see just how much our station presence has grown while coming up with the next creative post on Instagram. I thrive under the pressure of those sit-down interviews with politicians that took hours of preparation and research. Digging through dozens and hundreds of documents working on the next investigative piece? Sign me up!
How do I choose?
How do I choose which path to take in the next phase of my career?
And what happens if that path is the wrong one...