Sent this email to our newsroom today to help promote my upcoming mobile breaking news workshop …
So the best way to describe my three-year progression from a gentle features soul editing Inside Out (where most everything was fun and well-planned) to boldly embracing the chaos of breaking news is best summed up here …
Why “Gladiator”? Because that brutal chariot battle scene has stuck with me for years.
Right before Russell and his poor, fellow gladiators are thrown into the ring for sure death, he mutters:
“Whatever comes out of these gates, we’ve got a better chance of survival if we work together. … If we stay together, we survive.”
That couldn’t be more true during a breaking news event, which can be just as scary and unpredictable as the gladiator ring …. but hopefully less bloody.
Team work, quick strategy, clear communication … and realizing that it’s going to be a messy, imperfect process make all the difference.
Would you like help transforming from Bambi to kick-ass Gladiator?
Please plan on attending my mobile breaking news workshop this Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the News Conference Room, where I’ll share some recent examples of our Gladiator teamwork awesomeness … along with some essential apps and shortcuts to report from your phone. I’m calling it a workshop because I want it to be hands-on … so bring your phone!
This training is so important that I’ll be scheduling additional workshops throughout the summer if you can’t make it Tuesday.
BTW, you can watch that Gladiator scene here, but you’ve been warned … it’s pretty gory.