As if I don’t spend enough time on camera. (Actually, there are quite a few people who work in TV news who feel they never get enough time on camera.) My son got me a web camera for Christmas so I can chat with him and our relatives everywhere. At Fox Chicago, we have five cameras in the studio and Cam 6 in the newsroom. I figure I work on Camera 7 whenever I’m out in the field so I refer to the newest location as Camera 8. Besides, many Asians love the number 8. In Chinese, the number sounds very close to the word for “prosperity” so, “Hello, Camera 8!”
Within a day of setting up my new web cam, I had a Skype account so I could start videochatting away. The best part has been teaching my parents to Skype, too. They had never used the built-in cameras on their laptops! They are clearly enjoying their novel new communication tool since we can Skype with relatives in Hong Kong or anywhere for free! It’s also nice to “see” my brothers more often and I may soon do a video chat with journalism students at my alma mater, the University of Oregon.
Of course, Oprah talked up Skype almost a year ago. I’m behind! I better go see what’s on her book club list.