Don Smith

Don Smith

Station Manager, Cranford TV

I have been working in Local TV for the past 28 years getting my start at Cranford TV-35 Back in 1994.  I have also worked for News 12 and NY 1 as an On-Air Traffic Anchor Over the past 20 years. Along with working at Clark TV-36 I also joined Media First Group in Fairfield as a Traffic Anchor for their Morning show as well as Fill in News Update Anchor for MeTV.   In addition to those duties I also have my own YouTube Channel The Tri State Traffic Show which a Live Morning Traffic shows going in depth about traffic and transit conditions for NJ, NY and CT…Live M-F 7am -9am.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
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How to Conduct a Great Interview: Interviewing Skills and Tips

Have you ever wondered how to prepare properly for an interview? How do you get the most out of your guest and avoid the single word answers? Learn how to effectively listen, react, and ask the right questions and the right time to ask them during an interview. Professional reporters from local channels in the New York/New Jersey Market will guide you through the steps to help make your next interview the best! Panelist: Kristina Behr, Emmy-winning Anchor and News Reporter; Panelist/Moderator: Don Smith, Station Manager,, Cranford TV

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Less Gear and Better Production - Sponsored by DeSisti

Streamlining your workflow in the field by minimizing gear and optimizing production can significantly enhance efficiency and make your work more manageable. We will discuss ways to Prioritize Essential Equipment (cameras, audio and lighting kit), Multifunctional Tools - a smartphone with a high-quality camera can eliminate the need for a second camera in many situations. Invest time in learning the ins and outs of your equipment. This familiarity will enable you to work more efficiently and troubleshoot issues quickly. By implementing these strategies, you can create a more nimble and efficient production workflow in the field, allowing you to focus on capturing high-quality content without being weighed down by excess gear. Plus learn about the latest gear to make this all possible! Panelists: Ed Cologna, Cologna Productions; Paul DeStefano, Northeast Regional Sales Manager, DeSisti; Northeast Regional Sales Manager, DeSisti; Yervant Keshishian, Sales Engineer, Authorized Trainer & Technical Director, Varto Technologies; Moderator/Panelist: Don Smith, Station Manager, Cranford TV