Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Behind the scenes at HLN's Morning Express

Last week, I had the opportunity to shadow the production crew of HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. While there, I was able to learn from producers and writers on the show, listen in from the control room and even meet the anchor, Robin Meade.


Starting my day out with HLN was a whirlwind of excitement; I could hardly sleep the night before because I was so anxious to see how the show is put together and how they use stories from iReporters in the show.


When I arrived, I found out that the morning show team gives new meaning to the words “starting your day bright and early” by getting in at 2:30 a.m. followed by a rundown meeting at 3 a.m. of interesting news topics. On this particular day, the team’s focus was covering the scandal surrounding former CIA Director David Petraeus, honoring service members for Veterans Day and making sense of the fiscal cliff.


HLN and especially Morning Express focuses on telling the stories of people who are affected by the news, so it makes sense that they love to use iReports.


On the day that I was there they featured Christine O’Connor’s iReport video of her three year old son, Corbin, singing the national anthem for Veterans Day. Morning Express also places a huge emphasis on our country’s military, celebrating troops with a daily shout-out that usually comes from the Salute to Troops assignment.


The show often partners with iReport to create assignments that their viewers can relate to and can have fun with, like the battle of the marching bands assignment that recently ended.


The newest Morning Express assignment is a call-out for holiday sing-a-longs. They're looking for original video of church choirs, glee clubs and other musical groups belting out holiday music. The show will be airing submissions to that assignment every Friday in the month of December!


Be sure to join the Morning Express assignment group to get up to date information on what the show is looking for.

November 21, 2012
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Very interesting. Thank you for sharing. I have sent already one iReport to the assignment "call-out for holiday sing-a-longs" but it was taken off from there. It was an Indian music performance for Diwali. Are you only looking for Christmas music?

November 26, 2012
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Hi Mark, our moderators moved that iReport to the Diwali assignment because it was a better fit there.

November 27, 2012
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dsashin, ok, I undestand. Have a great day!

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