Judges and Nominees for YOY

The past two weeks have been very hectic for everyone at BGCCV. We have all been working hard on making sure everything is in order for our Youth of the Year event. I spent the last two weeks working with WTVM, on editing two videos that will be aired during the event as well. That in itself has been a very fun and educational experience for me. Having a strong background in video broadcasting from high school allowed me to be more helpful  and I got to see how new software programs are being implemented in the editing process. Click the links below to see clips of the nominees airing on WTVM this week!

In addition to, I sent out our second news release regarding the event and it will be featured in Phenix City Life Magazine and was released on WTVM’s website as well. To read the article follow the link below!

Picture Information:

Front row from left to right:Board member Julie Stark; guest judge Nora Garrard; board member Judy Dunham; Finalist Jhaqula Tyson; Finalist Austin LeathersBack row from left to right:Guest judge Gene Perkins; board president Jack Turner; board member John Flournoy; Finalist Joseph Knight, Jr.; Dr. Chris McCullough; board member Bill Reaves; guests judge Dr. David Lewis; and Finalist Caleshia Ferguson

Producers- NPACE – Chatil Bradford

As one of the producers of the show, I am asked to come up with enough content to fill the time slot of the show. It has been somewhat fun for me to do this past week because I am in charge of finding out information regarding Women’s Basketball as well as Women’s track and field. These are both sports that I am a participant of so the information is easy for me to gather and present to the audience. My other counterparts will be focusing on the other sports that have started this spring such as tennis and golf.

We are working together as a team to find enough interesting content to present to our audience because we understand that they would like to be up to date on the sports going on around campus. We also talked about ways in which we can promote to other students around campus to be involved with our show. We will try to use already established networks and organizations around campus to promote for us on their sites and at their events as well as showing our faces so people will begin to notice what we are trying to do.

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The Game Plan- NPACE – Chatil Bradford

This week was a good week at my internship because we were able to set some things in stone and develop a game plan. We have changed the format of our sports show to mimic the “Mike and Mike” show on ESPN. That pretty much means that we will have a recorded radio show aired on television of the anchors and guests in the studio. We have decided who our first guest will be and we are also adding some b-roll footage to the show as well.

My co-host will be a former CSU basketball player, Derek Bailey. We are making sure that all of the behind the scenes work is finished before the on screen talent and taping begins. We both have athletic backgrounds which will help us with the production of the show because we know as atheletes what people find interesting and what they would enjoy watching. We want to make our show a reflection of the work we would like to do in the future.  We are the producers of the show and we will meet every week in the NPACE Center to go over ideas and any other news that needs to be discussed. I am looking forward to the shows to come.


PBC Conference Basketball Tournament – Jake Hall – Sports Information


CSU hosted the 2014 Peach Belt Conference men and women’s basketball tournament. The winner of the men’s side and the women’s side receive an automatic entry in the 2014 Division II NCAA National Championship March Madness tournament. It started on Thursday and went through Sunday. The SID had to handle all of the behind the scenes stuff.

My job over the weekend started as being the graphics editor. Basically I managed the live scoreboard that people at home saw on the live internet feed. That was certainly a “trial by fire” experience because I had never done this before. Eventually by the second game I had it figured out and under control. Well one of the directors of the live feed had a family emergency so they needed someone to run that position. I was the natural choice for the job because the station was right beside mine.

The director’s job is choose the correct camera angle for the feed. We ran three cameras for the tournament, so my job was to choose the camera angle that best displays the action on the court. it was literally like watching the game on TV, but you get to chose the camera angle. It was a unique experience and for three straight days that was my job.

I had a blast working the tournament and the CSU Lady Cougars made it even better by winning the ladies tournament. By winning they have an enormous opportunity to compete for a national title. All I have to say is “Go Cougs!”

The Time Has Come – Moe’s BBQ – Elizabeth Strickland

Over the past two weeks, a lot has come together. We have opened up, and lines are out the door daily. Spring breakers are rolling in by the truck load, making the atmosphere very interesting. Locals have been returning, not once, but two and three times. Feedback from the locals is without a doubt, the most rewarding. Their business will keep us afloat through the slow winter months, and pleasing them is our main focus.


Ben Gilbert, original owner, business man, and pit master.

I have thoroughly enjoyed training the new hires. Each hire has brought something new to the table, teaching me something new as well. Implementing that they are all ambassadors of Moe’s Original BBQ has been the first and last thing they are told every shift. Explaining consistency for each customer and transaction is included.

My main goal for the next week is tackling social media, each and every day. We have all been so busy getting the doors open, I have not made as many post as I would like. We all know how much awareness can be made through social media, there is no excuse for me to not follow through with post a couple times a day. I am so pleased that the doors are open. Happy faces and full bellies are walking out the door, making this all worth while.


I must not forget, once again, we have been named one of the top ten BBQ joints in America. Check it out!

Valerie Evermon, Pancakes & Pom Poms, Easter Seals


This week at Easter Seals, we are getting everything ready for our big kickoff breakfast for the Walk With Me 2014 fundraiser. This breakfast is for all of the returning team captains, new people interested in starting a team or those simply interested in participating in the walk and want to know more about it. We are serving a pancake breakfast at 7:00 this Friday morning at the Easter Seals West Georgia facility. Shortly after everyone has received their food, there will be a short PowerPoint directing people through the process of signing up their team for the walk on the website and setting up their online fundraising page. Instead of it being your ordinary, somewhat boring, informational meeting, we want this year’s breakfast to be more like a pep rally. So, as guests are eating, we have arranged for some of the children and adults who go to Easter Seals to pump them up with a cheer. We have been working very hard on this and they are excited to show everyone their cheer skills, they even get to shake some pom poms! 

This breakfast is very exciting because it marks the starting point of a city-wide campaign to raise money for our local Easter Seals. Each team sets a goal for how much money they will strive to raise and they get to decide individually how they will meet that goal. It cost $25 to participate in the walk, so some teams recruit as many people as they can to join their team. Other teams design and sell t-shirts or other goodies. It will be fun to see what this year’s teams will come up with to raise that money.

This is the third year Easter Seals West Georgia has hosted Walk With Me and I have a feeling that this year will be better than ever. There will be a live band, a fitness trainer to help stretch all the walkers/runners, someone from Oxbow Meadows with creepy-crawly critters, stilt walkers, and we are looking into even more.

Everyone at Easter Seals is very excited about this year’s walk! I am currently working on a promotional video for the event, including pictures from the past two years, information about the event, and it also includes some of the participants asking viewers to “Come walk with them!” It’s coming along nicely and will hopefully debut on Facebook in the next week. Check it out by visiting our page. If you would like to find out more about this event, how you can help or get involved, visit the Easter Seals West Georgia Walk With Me website.

The time is here – US Army – Michael Molinaro

So the week that has been on the calendar for quite some time, the reason I was afforded this opportunity to intern for the Army Marksmanship Unit, is upon us. Tomorrow, Thursday March 13, we will host more than 1,300 civilians from around the region to Fort Benning at the Army Strong Experience (ASE). We’ll show off the Army and a lot of the force’s capabilities.


My role has been developing branding for the event and pitching ideas to media. I expect to have all of the local media on hand and there is a chance I may even conduct an interview or two on TV. I will get them interviews of people who can talk about the event on camera, make them media kits so they have an idea on what is occurring, and I brief them on the rules for the day when it comes to media. Since guns are often involved there are places they can and can’t set up, protection like ear plugs that they need, and so forth. So it’s my duty to ensure their safety and that they get the shots they need to make a good story. It helps them do their job better but also ensures that the message we want to get out happens.

Since it’s the Army we don’t plan for one event and forget about everything else. Multiple projects are ongoing all of the time. This past week, besides planning for the ASE, I had to market one of our teams for an upcoming match they will be in.


I also took lots of photos at a training seminar we had for civilians from the Dept. of Defense and then posted them via social media.


Next week I’ll have all of the recaps from the ASE and photos. I am doing 40 hours on the internship this week, so while it’s a lot, it’s so rewarding and the experience is going to pay huge dividend in the future. I can’t wait to see what happens.

The Walls are Up-Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity- Anna Justice

This week is finally here: Collegiate Challenge 2014. Like I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, we have 91 students from all over the U.S who choose to come build four Habitat homes on their spring break. We’ve been creating leader packets, verifying their lodging, picking up t-shirts, sending out news releases and getting the details down.

Now it’s already halfway over, but it has been busy and so much fun. On Monday (10), we were excited to have 3 local news stations come by and interview students and capture the excitement of the week.

We had a great lunch the first day of hot dogs, chips and sweets, which was catered by the Exchange Club of North Columbus.


By the first day, the frames of the houses were up. It’s so exciting to see the  progress each day!

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Last week, I was able to see some of the inner workings of a news station.

CAHFH was featured on  the Dee Armstrong show. Dee asked all about Habitat’s ReStore, and hopefully viewers will come out and shop and also spread the word to their friends.  These past two weeks have been busy but so much fun!

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Press Release -Symone Grady – The Chamber of Commerce

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Each day I walk into my office at The Chamber to find a little yellow sticky note on my lap top with a “to-do list” for the day. This time, I was thrilled to see my first task was to write a press release.
I checked my email and found a template of how the Chamber of Commerce typically writes their releases. I was also given information about the event I was to write about. After studying the materials, I began working.
The event that was to be announced was the Chamber’s Annual Trip to the State Capitol for Columbus Region Day. In the release I provided information concerning the date and time of the event, the importance of this event, ticket prices, and what participants can expect to gain from attending. I also provided information on how people may purchase tickets.
While writing this press release, I thought about all that I have learned in my Multimedia News Writing Course. I was careful to give a good lead which will grab the reporter or news director’s attention. I was brief in my writing, but still gave adequate information. I was also sure to double check my writing for grammar and spelling.
Being that this was my first press release that I wrote for the Chamber, I was a little nervous that my style of writing may be different from what they are used to. The members of the Chamber are all very seasoned in the creation of press releases and I was nervous that they may view my work as amateur. However, this was not the case. Shortly after sending my press release to the marketing team, I received emails thanking me and complimenting me on a job well done.

Houston we have Lift off – CSU Sports Talk – Derek Bailey


After Weeks of planning and painstaking work its here ladies and gentlemen!

CSU TV’s own Sports Talk Broadcast!! This show was the brain child of myself Chatil Bradford and Matt Gay. We’ve been planning this radio show out since the semester started and with the help of other students in the NPACE center we recorded our first broadcast this morning.


Honestly I felt very comfortable with the cameras around because it was very similar to the Friday Sports Focus Show I’m already doing for NPACE radio. So for me it went hand in hand. It was a little bit more nerve racking because as opposed to that show, I’m the host so the responsibility is a little bigger. Big Kudo’s to Matt Gay and Josh Pate for being able to do this on a week in and week out basis!


Tune in every couple of weeks for our Bi-monthly broadcast but DONT FORGET about the Friday night weekly show with Matt, Mark Madden, and myself where we talk EVERYTHING SPORTS. Also look for a special surprise very soon with a visit from a very Special guest!!