Somebody better tell me, because I don't know. At least, I don't know as much as I used to.
See, here's the thing. I have a new job. (Weren't expecting THAT on a Monday, were you?) I'm still working at the same place, it's just that I'm no longer producing a newscast. About a month ago, I made a move to the assignment desk. In short, you could say that I tell people where to go!
I'd actually been wanting to stop producing newscasts for a while now. After almost 20 years of doing it, I was feeling burned out. Let's see, I'll drag out the calculator and try to guesstimate how many newscasts I produced. (pause for calculation) I'll guess that, over the years, I've produced somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 newscasts. I think that's enough.
So far, the biggest difference I see between producing a newscast and running the desk is in how much I know about the news of the day. As a producer, I had to know something about everything. On the desk, I'm much more concerned with where my crews are than what they're doing. I find that, now, I only know something about maybe half of the stories we cover.
It's weird, but that's the way it is.