Amid campus regulations and the hybrid class schedule at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Good Morning Illini crew gathered for the first time on Monday at Richmond Studio. The break from Zoom lectures was well-received by the students, who had the chance to learn about the safety protocols implemented and gain a handle on tools needed for the semester.
While the crew remains eager to make this the best semester of Good Morning Illini yet, the health and safety of every student remains the highest priority. Building admittance must be approved by the Safer Illinois app and sanitizing stations and wipes are available throughout the lab. Editing stations and cameras are continuously wiped down, and there is limited capacity in each area of the building. The Good Morning Illini crew plans to work through weekly rotations to keep within regulation guidelines, editing, and working either in-studio or in-field.
Despite changes behind-the-scenes, audiences can look forward to the campus content they know and love. Staff members are working together to seek out creative stories regardless of numerous event cancellations on campus for the fall semester. Preparation for the first live broadcast in two weeks is well in development, and new and old crew members alike are beginning to adjust to the changes brought on by COVID-19 safety precautions.
Although the semester will look different than it has in the past, the crew is using the unusual situation as an opportunity to strengthen their skills. Angelle Cortes, Spencer Nelson and Brielle Skullark worked Monday to freshen up their skills by developing a package about the student experience at Richmond. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at changes to the normally buzzing studio and how the crew plans to keep Good Morning Illini’s vibrant energy present throughout the semester.
Even without a bustling newsroom, Good Morning Illini’s team is finding ways to keep communication consistent. Sharing story ideas, learning together and supporting one another are just a few ways in which the team has come together after just one week of classes. The next few months will be a unique experience but one that will prepare them for any unconventional professional experiences thrown their way.
Let’s take advantage of this new normal and have a Good Morning Illini!