We were always busy, it was never boring. The job expanded every year, as we got better at covering news and as we embraced new technology that allowed us to do more.
We were all experienced news people, but our CBS experience meant learning new tasks: booking and operating satellite feeds, producing from remote locations, later learning non-linear editing on our desktop computers, building and maintaining server-based sites for our domestic and foreign clients. We still wrote our stories and edited scripted material from our affiliated stations.
CBS had top notch managers in some divisions, people who encouraged us and shared what they learned with us. They behaved as professional peers and got into the so-called trenches when events demanded it. CBS also had managers who were terrible at working with the people they managed, often becoming dictatorial, even avoiding daily conversation about the events of the day. These people decided who they liked and the people they didn't like we're avoided and ignored. This was the hardest part of the job.
The most enjoyable part of the job was getting the stories on the air, working with the affiliates and other CBS shows to provide video and editorial material as needed. Learning from our diverse group of co-workers was also a big advantage. Many of us are still in touch and very much a part of each other's lives.
There something to said about being part of history and shaping the telling of it. This is not the time to sit on the sidelines.
Professional workshops, chances to talk to experts in a variety of fields.
Never knowing when news would break or how long it would last.