Mike Pacholski visited the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Media Storytelling class on Monday night. He works at UNO television and is the director of UNO News.
UNO News is a student-run broadcast that airs on Wednesday afternoons every week. He said that the responsibility really falls a lot on the students, mainly the reporters and anchors. They have to always know what’s going on and be able to be creative in an instant if something goes wrong and they have to cover the story instead of show a video clip.
Pacholski has also worked as a technical director. He said you have a lot of technology in front of you, but when you’re in a control you have to specialize in something and have a specific job. The technical director coordinates all those different jobs by using a script, provided by the producer, of what the show is supposed to look like.
He said that he always enjoyed working live sports programming because “nobody can stage this.” He said the key to live sports is that you have a second director who is in charge of re-plays, that way you don’t have to worry about re-plays on top of everything else that’s going on. He said everyone is on headsets and it’s extremely noisy.
However, Pacholski said that he loves is because it’s fast moving and it’s exciting. He said that UNO has given him a chance to get back into live sports. Pacholski said that he even does live sports for free lance work still.