Chris Conte | There’s no “I” in newsroom

Mike Rose (left), Catherine Steward (middle), Chris Conte (Right) of WTVF in Nashville, TN.

There’s no “I” in newsroom

Written by Chris Conte


The phrase won’t end up on one of those cheesy motivational posters, you know the ones where waves the size of whales come crashing into a lighthouse precariously perched on a sliver of rock in the middle of the ocean. But I think it’s something we often forget in our daily grind of deadlines, packages and pushes to social media. You don’t always have to go it alone; it doesn’t always have to be you against the news world.

For the last month and a half we’ve been working on this documentary, some of you may have watched it already. It was truly a work of art and it would not have been possible without a true collaboration of talents.

Given the time we had I knew there was no way I could write 23 minutes worth of content, the solution? Have reporter Jason Lamb and photojournalist Angie Dones tackle the ending. Photojournalists Catherine Steward and Mike Rose knew editing an 8 minute block would be a tremendous undertaking, so they split it up. Our graphics department created beautiful lower thirds, our promotions department crafted an opening worthy of a movie trailer, even our web team took it upon themselves to build a dedicated site where “Fire On The Mountain” could live.

So remember, it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. Because there’s no “I” in newsroom.


“Fire On The Mountain”

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Chris Conte of WTVF in Nashville, TN

Chris Conte has spent the last five years as a reporter for WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville. He is the recipient of 18 regional Emmy awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow award for writing. Chris is a Boston native, who graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication.