September 24th, 2007
05:54 PM ET

An Issue of Timing

We had a tough call to make in today's editorial meeting:  whether or not to air a story on the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors.  Usually, our discussion revolves around how we approach a story, how we can explain it in an interesting and clear way, and what kinds of interstitials we can work in (a Word to the Wise on either "strike" or "union" was being considered).

Today, though, we had to think of timing.  Shortly after the strike began, union leaders said they were willing to resume negotiations, and General Motors said it was hopeful for a quick deal despite the start of the strike.  So it put us in a bit of a bind:  What if, after our show was finished, the strike ended?  Students on Tuesday would be hearing a story about a strike, but if it were over by then, we'd be awfully dated.

So we decided to hold off on this story until either a gridlock or a deal is reached.

Filed under: News Coverage
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  1. Carl Azuz, Anchor

    …And if you watched Thursday’s show, you saw the story, complete with a Word to the Wise on “union.” By that time, a deal had been reached and the strike was over, so there was no more risk that our coverage would have been out past its sell-by date.
    And that's a glimpse into how, in the TV world, timing goes well beyond the length of our program!

    September 26, 2007 at 9:49 pm |