Um…You know…You will have the chance to be super lazy in anything you do it TV news, and there is one habit that drives me ABSOLUTELY crazy when I hear it while watching a newscast or a resume reel.
Don’t leave “ums” and “you knows” and “buts” and all other extraneous crap in your soundbites. There is simply no excuse for that in the age of non-linear editing. Here I am going “back in the day again”…but “back in the day,” you had to work to “pot up” the audio at the right time to make sure you didn’t start a bite with “um.” Now you can just look at the audio waves and take that part down.
Below is an example of a good edit and a bad edit from a recent Mike Krzyzewski press conference after a Duke game I covered. I see the bad edit done far too often.
Take the time to make a good edit and don’t even think about wasting a second of your viewers’ time on words that are not needed. Editing the other way makes you look sloppy and I assure you the veterans in the business will notice.