"Right This Minute" is not a typical show. The daily, hour-long syndicated series delivers news but not necessarily the headlines you'll be seeing on "Anderson Cooper 360" or "World News Tonight." Instead the team that creates the show scours the Internet and relies on average citizens to surface the stories that people might otherwise miss - and reveals the tales behind the scenes as well. In a recent exclusive interview, "RTM" executive producer Lisa Hudson and lead host Beth Troutman described the exciting new show.
Lisa Hudson Says 'Right This Minute' Is the Best of the Best
A seasoned TV news producer, Hudson explained that the show brings viewers "the best of the best actually... If you could just get through the jillions of things on the Internet and just cull the best of the best - the best video of the day, the coolest story of the day, the most interesting topic of the day and just present that in a cool way."
She continued that the show provides a weeding out service that most adults just don't have time to do on their own. "You think you've heard of every last website in the world and then some kid walks in and names some website that you've never heard of. There's so much out there you could never possibly get to it. So we try to get to as much as possible, a lot of different topics."
'Right This Minute' Is Newsy but Not Necessarily News
Hudson acknowledged that this is not a typical look at the day's headlines, remarking, "It's not news. It's newsy and it's got news elements to it."
As a result of the non-traditional approach to storytelling, former Congressional candidate turned journalist Troutman described the unique tone of the show. She revealed, "You go through several in the course of an hour show. It's lighthearted yet still informative. I think is probably the best way to put it."
Beth Troutman Explains That 'Right This Minute' Is Like a Water Cooler Chat
This also means that the on-air talent can approach the show from a fresh perspective. As Troutman pointed out, "We don't take ourselves as hosts too seriously but we also know when something is incredibly newsworthy and incredibly serious. So we're able to bring a different kind of personality to the news and I think it's more the way people talk about news if you're just talking at the water cooler at work or just talking over dinner with your friends. We share the news in that way. We inform through a conversation rather than looking straight at the camera and reading a story to someone."
The show also provides the added bonus of getting a look at the people who the segments are about. Hudson commented, "It's also the story behind the videos. Because there's so many times you've seen a story and you've thought, 'Oh that's such a cool video.' And then you find out either it was fake or you find out a really interesting story about it that you never would have guessed by just seeing the video. So there's all these great stories out there behind these videos but they're very tough to track down and that's what we do the best."
The types of content vary from current events to entertainment. Troutman discussed the topics she's most drawn to. "I'm interested in politics. I'm interested in women's issues. I'm interested in families. I'm interested in health. I'm interested in stories that make people think or make people feel inspired. And so when I find a story or a video that gives me an emotional reaction or makes me go, 'huh,' or makes me think, 'I want to know more about this,' then I will be drawn to find out more and will use that as a litmus test to what I think will make other people do the same thing."
Check local listings to find "Right This Minute" in your area. Visit their official website for additional content from the "RTM" team and to find out how to share a story of your own.
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