A look back at the Nov. 6 episode of Good Morning Illini

A great ending to a great run as producer of Good Morning Illini.

That is not to say that the show was without bumps. Unfortunately, that is more of a given in television.

For starters, the show ended up being a tiny bit light for my liking. For those unaware, being light means that the show has no more content to show and so all that is really left to do is have the anchors adlib or talk to each other.

This is not necessarily a bad thing but being light on content can be dangerous if you are out of content for such a long time. If you are adlibbing for five minutes, it will become apparent to the viewer and they will become puzzled as to what was happening on the show.

Luckily for me, I was only about 2 and a half minutes light so it did not look as out of place as it may seem.

There was also an issue where we lost audio with the person we were interviewing, but miraculously, the audio came back, and the rest of the interview went on smoothly.

Besides those two issues, the rest of the show was mostly scratch free.

We had a very strong show this week.

Since this was my last episode as a producer, I really wanted to push Good Morning Illini over the limit and have a conversation on something that the show has never talked about before: suicide and mental health.

The reason I thought this was an important thing to cover was that it something that students are talking about. Recall, Good Morning Illini is a student lifestyle show, and unfortunately at the moment, mental health is something that students are stressing over about.

At first, I thought it was too dark of a topic for Good Morning Illini, but after everything began to form, I noticed that it was very do-able and if done right, it can be pulled off. What also helped was that we had a great guest – probably the most energetic and more informative guest that we have had this semester.

With all those assets combined, we had a strong opening, covering an important and resourceful topic.

The rest of the show was also good. Of course, the election took a decent amount of coverage, but again, we were able to take such a general topic and have it focus on the “student lifestyle.”

We also had some more Halloween content. Even though Halloween had already passed, we were able to make it make sense as to why we still had Halloween content.

All in all, I am very proud of how this episode turned out and if I had the opportunity, I would love to make similar episodes.

Thanks for watching and supporting Good Morning Illini. Be sure to tune in to Shelbi Voss’s final episode as a producer this Friday.

Jose Zepeda

Jose Zepeda is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He is now on his third year with Good Morning Illini, previously serving as director, reporter and crew member. He is also currently a digital intern for WILL, the NPR- and PBS- affiliate in Urbana and vice-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists University of Illinois chapter. He also has his own podcast with fellow GMI-er Angelle Cortes called Just Chillin’. He brings previous experience as a features intern at The News-Gazette and as a daytime news editor at The Daily Illini. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @JoseZepedaTV.