This whole “YouTube Politics” thing has been really great, for the most part. I’ve met some of the wonderful people that work at Google, I’ve hung out with some amazing co-workers, and I’ve been able to get a different style of my writing out to the fraction of our audience that is actually into politics.
But there has been a downside. I’ve seen multiple comments from people saying they’re unsubscribing from our channel. Granted, these comments are a mainstay on YouTube, but I have seen a rise in them in the past week. Politics is an extremely alienating subject, and I knew that this whole venture could potentially hurt the brand (I like to think) I’ve had some (tiny) part in making.
Oh well, I probably shouldn’t worry my pretty little head about it…
As for the process of the show itself, my biggest fear is that I’ll come off like a high schooler trying to play newscaster. Which, if I’m being honest with myself, I do. The only thing worse than not being a journalist is pretending to be one, and I’d hate to give the impression that I’m trying to be something I’m not. I just wanna be a voice.
So moving forward this week, I’ll probably work on being less formal and less scripted. My goal with this was to make it as close to the Daily Show as possible, because The Daily Show knows how to present news in such a tongue-in-cheek manner that you don’t take it so seriously. Biased or not, they are masters of putting politics into perspective.
That was my goal, and so far I’d give myself a resounding C in my attempt to replicate that quality.
All that said, Meg is an incredibly intelligent, awesome person, and Phil is doing a great job with all of this. We’re all new to it, and we’re learning as we go. I’m thankful for the opportunity to talk about politics. I love the fact that we’re not veteran newscasters, and I can’t say enough about our amazing crew of editors, shooters, and producers who’ve made this whole thing possible.
As a final note, I can’t say how proud I am of my fellow SF hosts (Joe Bereta, Lee Newton, Steve Zaragoza, and Trisha Hershberger) for continuing to research, write, fact-check, produce, and host awesome content while all of us have been on the other side of the country. A lot of people don’t know this, but the faces that make up SourceFed are also the minds behind it.