Getting Honest: The Editor, Producer Relationship

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On this HowSound, a gift. A gift from producer Will Coley and editor Viki Merrick.

Frequently, what takes place between a producer and editor during production is private, behind closed doors. As it is in many fields, their creative process is not intended for the public.

So, I was ecstatic when Will and Viki agreed to talk about what happened between them during the production of Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home. While they had a solid, amicable working relationship, they faced Will’s on-going reluctance to, as Viki puts it, get in the “emotional ditch” in order to fully tell the story. And Viki says, months later, she remains “mortified” at the incident that surprisingly created a breakthrough.

There’s much to learn from this HowSound for both producers and editors. Listen close. And, thank you Will and Viki.

For more on interviewing victims of trauma, listen to HowSound episode 100%. It features an interview with Bruce Shapiro of The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

Our friends at Unfictional, who have very good taste in radio storytelling, were the first to air Southern Flight.

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