Tiara Pickens


April showers bring May flowers! Capturing weather shots could be one of the simplest yet difficult shots to shoot. Although, getting footage of the sun in the sky or zooming in on the water dripping from the edge of the building is easy. But being able to obtain the attention of the audience with such basic shots could be difficult.


Keeping the attention of the audience when giving information about something as simple as weather could be challenging if you don’t follow the following steps:
1. Make sure you put your best shots in the beginning of your video. By doing this you’re able to get the attention of the audience right away so they’ll be interested to want to continue watching.
2. Make sure that your shots are short. Boom! Boom! Boom! No more than 5 seconds, that’s it. By doing this you’re making sure you don’t lose their attention through long drawn out shots.
3. Get unique shots. Great shots are good but unique shots are great. This will not only make you stand out but keep your audience wanting to see more.
The main goal is to gain more viewers while keeping your already dedicated viewers interested while you inform them with daily news. Shorting something as simple as weather makes it a little more difficult to do. Learning how to use my creativity shooting weather was a good experience. Not only did it teach me to be confident in what I was shooting, use good critical thinking skills, it also taught me that even simplicity could be unique.

Sherale Booker

So on Monday in the NPACE center, I worked on condensing a 7-minute video down to 30 seconds. The 30-second clip will end up being a promo video for a local organization. I didn’t quite finish the clip yet because I do need some assistance with polishing it up and making it flow better. On Tuesday, I joined Neil and Jeff downtown to record Bo Bartlett at the Bo Bartlett center. At that event, I shadowed Jeff and he gave me some pointers on how to get a multi-camera set up at an event like that. The shoot was pretty easy and Jeff was pretty informative on set.

Neil Entz

Blog Post

For this week, a group of communication major were able to go on a trip Atlanta.  We went on a tour of the CNN building. On the tour, we were able to meet a bunch of broadcasters and technicians that make CNN function. Each of the people we came across had a story to tell and how the industry is working. One of the people from CNN told the group the story of how he rose from being a teleprompter to becoming an anchor for CNN. It was a inspiring stories how dedication can become a great reward. We also go the chance to see a live performance of HLN and seeing the process of making the tv shows. It was a great experience and how there is so much more for anyone looking into a broadcasting profession.

Conner Davis

With the completion of all Women’s Giving Circle responsibilities, I have shifted focus into the Boys and Girls Club 36th annual Polo Cup. The event hosts more than 1000 attendees each year and is held on the Flournoy Farm. I am working closely with the event director, Katie Parker, to begin the planning process. She has put me in charge of all sponsorships and donations to the events silent auction. I have been organizing lists of potential donors to start collecting memorabilia that will help us raise money. These donors include the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, and Hawks as well as regional universities like Georgia, Auburn, and Alabama. It is really interesting and exciting! I also helped finish some “Save the Date” graphic images that we will be emailing next week. I am looking forward to fulfilling these responsibilities.

Turning Points

Devin Taylor

This semester, I carried 24 credit hours. Twice what full-time is. It’s been fairly manageable, but now that it’s getting close to finals week, I’m really feeling it. Despite the fact that I generally spend the entire day (from sun up to well after sun down) working on school-related tasks, I wouldn’t change it. And I don’t just say that because taking 24 credit hours has allowed me to graduate this semester; it’s forced me to become fully involved at CSU. It also pushed me to take the internship that I’ve filled this semester, which has opened countless doors for me as I pursue a post-graduation career. Looking back, I can remember one pivotal moment in my experience in the CSU Communication Department that had a large impact on the rest of the year, so I’d like to focus this blog post on telling that story.

It was last fall – my first semester in the Comm Department at Columbus State. To provide a little background information, I had spent the previous year studying Spanish. Before that, I attended a college in Kansas (where I was raised) for two years, as a Communication major. So there I was, my first semester in back in a Communication course. Truth be told, I was nervous. Beginning classes halfway across the country with a brand new assortment of classmates was certainly a little scary, but I was up for it. Or, at least, I thought I was.

The first day of classes wasn’t too daunting. In the afternoon on the second day, I found myself sitting in Dr. McCollough’s PR Campaigns class. I didn’t know what to expect, except that it would be “really fun,” in the words of my advisor. It seemed to be going well – until Dr. McCollough started explaining the format of the class. It would be a competitive atmosphere, he said, and we were all to bring our A-games. Come to find out, I’d be competing, on a team, with other students to win in a tough campaign pitch-off: showdown style. The thought of it scared me to the bone. After class I couldn’t stop thinking about how scared I was – quite frankly, of the class. Two days later, a great chunk of the class had dropped, and I told myself not to worry because I would drop it too.

That evening, I made an appointment with my advisor to drop the class. My plan was to find another class, if it wasn’t too late, or even to add another one the following semester (with 24 hours, thank GOD I didn’t go this route). I went about my day as normal, glad to have the weight off my shoulders.

The next day, I arrived at my first class, taught by Dr. Gibson. It was a challenging course and the assigned readings were tough to get through – “a root canal without pain medicine,” as she described it, but she encouraged us to stick with it. It was during this speech that she said something that I’ll never forget – “If your first grade teacher would’ve let you quit because learning to read was scary – and it was – would you have learned to read?” Shocked, I looked around for hidden cameras. I was just sure she was speaking directly to me. How could she have known that I had made my mind up to quit something because it was intimidating?

Needless to say, I cancelled the appointment to drop Dr. McCollough’s Campaigns class. I stuck with it, and it turned out to be one of the most incredible experiences of my life. In the class, I was introduced to the Ferst Foundation and Warren Steele, the local chapter’s Volunteer Coordinator. I would go on to design a winning campaign that initiated an internship position – which I would also go on to fill. Persevering through the scariness got me where I am today: not only have I been incredibly blessed with opportunities through my internship, I’ve also been given the Communication Student of the Year award. I would be lying if I said I don’t feel slightly ashamed to admit that I came so close to dropping a class on the basis of being afraid. Looking back now, I’m so glad I didn’t. I can only hope that this story inspires someone else to push through their inhibitions, too.

Chelsea Person

“Just Pitchin’”

Next week is the big event. I repeat, next week, Girls in the Game is happening. Part of me is losing my mind as we pull together all the finer details for the event. There is a part of me that likes to have my hand in every part of a project. My internship is teaching to take initiative but also realize that some things will always be out of my immediate control.

This week I pitched news releases to several local journalists. I did my best to carefully craft each one to fit the interests of each journalist I contacted. We always hear in class to make sure we are available should a journalist ever return a call or pitch. Well, it happened. I saw an unknown number pop up on my phone, got the nervous feeling all over, answered, and yep, it was a journalist calling back about my release. So far half of the people I have pitched to responded with interest and one is actually attending out event. So pumped!

Next on my list is making sure we have the event covered so that I can send notices to media post event. Should one or more of the journalists not be able to make it, I still want to be sure they have some material to use if they can squeeze it into a segment. I’m doing my best to stay ahead of the game in the last week!

Emily Perry

I think it goes without saying at this point that I only work on blogs doing optimization so that’s what I continued with again this week! There are others who focus strictly on Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, ect, but I enjoy working on blogs the most so that’s where I’m going to stay.
I was working with someone the other day who told me a really helpful tip that will be useful when it comes to ranking our blogs in Google/other search engines, so I’ve been utilizing that ever since she told me. It’s so interesting to me how all the components of SEO come together to ultimately create a ranking system on these search engines. I have heard, though, that Google and Facebook are changing their algorithms soon so there will be new information for us to learn.
This internship has taught me a lot about things I have become so interested in. I never thought I would be helping create blogs that would be shown on the first page of Google search results, but that’s all I’ve been doing for quite some time now, and it’s incredibly fascinating. I’ve really come to love this type of work and hope that I’m able to stay in this field for a long time!

Symone Grady

This week I received an email from Janelle Lewis informing me that all interns must complete an exit interview prior to our last day with WTVM. This caught all of us interns by surprise. I must complete at least one package to present during the interview and be prepared to answer a series of questions based on what I have learned while working here.

So, for the next couple of weeks while I am here I will be preparing for my exit interview. While I have written a by-line for the station, and I have done a still shot, I have not put together an actual package. So, I will have to put something together. I plan on getting with a photog and editors to get some assistance on how to put a package together.

Sherale Booker

So on Thursday, I went to main campus to the student assistant award ceremony in the Schuster building along with Jonathan Rome from the NPACE Center. He did most of the filming during the ceremony but gave me pointers on how to get good shots at events like that and also he let me get a few practice shots with the camera It was an interesting experience even though the ceremony wasn’t very long.

Ashton Merriweather

Last week I had the opportunity to shadow Dave Platta at the Chattahoochee Valley Community College baseball game. He showed me the proper techniques to recording a baseball game. Also he showed me how to film certain outside settings. When filming outside you use certain features. I also learned that Tim Hudson a current baseball player for the Atlanta Braves attended Chattahoochee Valley Community College. Tim Hudson donations contributed to the Chattahoochee Valley Community Colleges current baseball field. As an aspiring sports reporter I need to familiarize myself more on baseball. I enjoyed attending the Chattahoochee Valley Community College baseball game and look forward to reporting more baseball games.