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Election 2018: A rhythm to the heartbeat

November 6, 2018

2:00 to 5:00

From now on, it’s all about how the pieces will fall into place … or perhaps not exactly into place, depending on how well we’ve planned but also how flexible we are. Some races matter more than others, if only because of how many lives the victors will affect from their seats of political power. More than 450,000 in Bexar County have voted early, via mail, or in person today, and there are about two hours left.

“Keep the stories short and detailed …” “Get their voices and the sound swirling around them …” “These five stories at the top and bottom of every newscast …”

The approach to news, the philosophies, the strategies … after 11 months as a radio news editor, this old newspaperman still has so much more to learn. Sometimes it feels like I’m evolving from thinking two-dimensionally to thinking three-dimensionally.

But there’s a rhythm to the heartbeat of this organism. A pattern in the tapestry. If nothing else, I can latch on to the regularity of how this organism moves from one hour to the next, from one day and week to the next, and make it a part of my own rhythms.

My reporters are filing in, slowly but surely, as we approach our scheduled 5 p.m. staff meeting. I’ve kept them informed about where their candidates will be tonight, where the watch parties will be, and reliable contact numbers. We’ll have our meeting, have some pizza, and then I will deploy our army into the political world, and then the battle begins.

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