At MTV, although the audience is smaller, I found it more interesting to deliver news to a specific group of people, because my story then did not have to try to be all things to all people.
Caring about policy is important - people in washington forget.
I've been told I'm a player, but people still don't always return my calls.
If the breaking news event has something to do with young people, specifically with MTV's audience, there was a higher chance that I would actually go cover it with a television camera instead of just write the story myself and read it on the air.
For the last year I've been at Stanford University as a student and I've had time to read the newspaper.
In the New York Times, you're going to get completely different information than you would in the USA Today.
Knowing policy does help make the gossip more understandable.
If the breaking news story had to do with hard news, politics specifically, I had a lot to do with it. If it had to do with music, Kurt Loder was more involved.
Gossip is easy, politics is hard.
I worked at NBC and MTV for two years, and it was very interesting to see the comparisons of audiences and the way that I would have to present a story to the two different places.
Some of those stories in local newspapers are just as dull and boring as the stories that I get from on-line services, which are basically sort of straight news.
I'm surprised and disappointed in American culture.
At NBC I wasn't really sure if the grandparents were going to get my sense of humor on a particular topic.