11:20 a.m. Polished off a chunk for Vainness Honest about a few of the purple states that may tip in a fluky wave election. They’re gracious sufficient to let me write for them once I can discover time. “Good Luck America” is clearly a video format, however writing is my old flame, so I would like an outlet for it.
Sustain with Election 2020
three p.m. Had a bunch of Amazon deliveries: Halloween decorations. I’m an enormous Halloween man. I do my yard up in an enormous means. Eric Garcetti is forbidding trick or treating this yr, however my home is on an enormous trick-or-treating avenue. I purchased six toes of PVC piping to slip sweet from a distance to any child who comes by.
eight p.m. Textual content my producer, Charles Bay, with story concepts for tomorrow.
7 a.m. I stand up, make espresso, take Boone out and seize the newspaper. I subscribe to The L.A. Occasions, and The New York Occasions on the weekends. I’m an evangelist for brand spanking new journalism codecs, however I nonetheless assume print newspapers is perhaps the very best car for information discovery. On-line, I learn nearly completely about politics, sports activities and music. However simply by serendipitously paging via the paper, you discover tales you’d have missed in your feeds.
eight a.m. By now I’m simply catching up on no matter information has already occurred on the East Coast, and searching for story concepts. I’m additionally listening to NPR on KPCC. Did I point out I really like native information?
9 a.m. My producer and I at all times textual content round this time, figuring out our story for the day. We produce the present for six a.m. E.T. the next morning, type of like The Occasions’s “The Day by day.” We don’t trouble dwelling within the rapid information cycle. Information is simply ambient for our viewers — typically politics is simply background noise — and so they’re coming to us for fast readability and authority on one thing vital. We now have about 2.5 million subscribers, and the overwhelming majority of them are underneath 25. They aren’t watching cable information or taking a look at Twitter all day.
10 a.m. Charles and I riff on a script in a Google doc for about an hour. The present is brief, about three minutes of fast-paced vertical video, and it’s competing for consideration with numerous different stuff in your cellphone. We rely quite a bit on humor and fast video clips to maintain folks engaged. Charles is a ninja at discovering obscure clips on YouTube and Twitter.
11:10 a.m. As a result of I want to journey moderately than doing the present from a studio, we had already developed a simple strategy to movie from anyplace with skilled sound, lighting and a cellphone. So it was a simple transition to filming from house when the pandemic began. (Why do males nonetheless put on a jacket and tie at house once they do a information hit? Everybody is aware of you’re sporting shorts.)