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.

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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.

Class Work Turning Real World

By: Chelsea Anne Person

All of my assignments from Dr. McCollough’s Strategic Media Writing course are about to make their way into the real world. This spring, I developed a variety of news releases, scripts for broadcast & video news releases, features, print material and more through my course work. Because we have the blessing of working with sharp professors who integrate our assignments with our internships, I now have the luxury of using class materials to promote Girls in the Game. That said, this week at my internship I have been killing two birds with one stone. As I refine all my submissions for Dr. McCollough’s class, I’m also perfecting (as much as possible) Girls in the Game media and promotional materials. Hooray for consolidation!

In case you kept up with my post from last week, I finally picked out party favors for the luncheon too. We’re going with a really nice journal and pen set, which I hope our guests will really appreciate. Of course I’ll be sure to upload a picture of what those look like when we get them in. I’m really excited to see the final product!

Emily Perry

This week, the team I’m working with acquired some clients from another team again. They are moving clients around and making changes within the teams, so I have been able to work on some new content in addition to the content I was working with before. We also did our shoebox project this past Wednesday, during which we filled shoeboxes for homeless women and children. Each team was paired with another and the items the teams brought were combined together to fill the shoeboxes as much as possible. Our team and the team we were working with were able to fill up 4 shoeboxes. I don’t know how many other teams were able to fill but there were a ton of shoeboxes on the table once the project was done, so it was great to be able to participate in such an awesome cause!
For another class I’m taking, SOCI 3106, a class about the history of occupations, I have to make a presentation on the history of my future profession, in this case SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I’ve learned a lot about SEO from doing this project, so it has been nice to share what my future profession is with others, but also learn about how it came to be. I think SEO is an extremely important way of providing information to future clients, customers, or those who are interested in a certain topic. Without SEO, the internet would be a jumbled mess. Because of SEO, everything on search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) is nicely packaged together and easy for the user to understand.
I’m still really enjoying my time working with SEO and cannot wait to see the future of this profession! I’m subscribed to an SEO group on LinkedIn that provides relevant and timely updates regarding SEO and I’ve heard that Google will be changing their algorithm again shortly, which means changes to the rules of SEO. SEO isn’t terrible difficult once you get the hang of it. The challenges come when search engines change their algorithm to place more/less emphasis on certain parts of the SEO process. Knowing that, we have to modify our practices based on what Google says is now important. Even though we don’t directly work with anyone at Google and never will, it’s really cool to be able to work with something that Google directly influences!

Dealing with Road Blocks

By Devin Taylor

As we approach the end of the semester, I’ve been feeling like a chicken with my head cut off. There seems to be an endless list of things I need to get done, and not enough hours in a day to accomplish them. I’m thinking that this is one of those times that college teaches you how to prioritize.

Despite my feeling like I’m juggling a million things at once, things are wrapping up quite neatly for my internship with the Ferst Foundation: we’re getting ready to launch the long-awaited Facebook contest (thanks to a prize donation from a member of our Community Action Team), and I’m nearly finished producing several Ferst Foundation PSAs. These things, coupled with the call logs and media relations I’ve managed, make for a pretty successful semester.

As I reflect back on my experience during this internship, I think the biggest takeaway for me is that I’ve learned how to be resourceful. In a past blog post, I talked about how going into this internship, I felt a little intimidated. I normally like to follow explicitly stated guidelines for a project, and this internship is the opposite: it essentially consists of a list of tasks that I accomplish on my own. I work on my own time, from home. To accomplish these tasks, I’ve had to get creative.

My resourcefulness has really been tested these past couple of weeks as I’ve been trying to find a prize for our Facebook contest. Initially, it was my goal to get an iPad donated, but after trying five or six possible donors in the Columbus area and being turned down by each, I wasn’t feeling very resourceful. I tried approaching managers in local stores as well as calling the corporate headquarters of several large companies (Target, Best Buy, etc.) before my search yielded any results. Finally, it seemed that Walmart (my last guess as to who would donate a prize to us) would pull through.

I was advised by a Walmart employee to write a letter for a grant request and staple it to the Ferst Foundation’s 501c3 letter, and that I was too late for the current month’s allotted donation money but would probably qualify for the next. I did as she asked and waited several weeks before calling back to find out that instead of being granted the iPad we requested, we would be given a $35 gift card.

Thirty-five dollars is drastically lower than what I was hoping for, but I’m more than happy to receive it nonetheless (it will buy envelopes or printer paper or other materials that Ferst can definitely use). Luckily for me, one of our Ferst Community Action Team members is employed at a local jewelry store, and has offered to donate a high-valued piece of jewelry to be used as a prize instead. Thanks to his generous offer, we are now moving forward with the contest.

Symone Grady

Today I got to go out with a reporter and film live shots and interviews from several people. The story we covered was the murder of a young man who was shot and killed in December 2014. Today, the reporter and I got a video statement from a neighbor, and family friend, and an audio statement from the victim’s brother and mother.

The man that shot the victim turned himself in last night so we wanted to get the victims’ family’s opinion of the man turning himself. Initially, we were supposed to get an interview from the victim’s girlfriend. However, we learned that she no longer lives at the address that we were provided. We spoke to a man that knew the guy and during the interview he got emotionally and refused to divulge any information about how he really felt.

There is a memorial in place where the victim was shot after a street fight went wrong. While recording the memorial, the victim’s brother approached us. He refused to be recorded but he did give us a statement off the record, just to give us some insight on what happened that night. The victim’s brother then called his mother and she gave us a statement over the phone. Later, we conducted an interview with a family friend in his home.

It was very heart-wrenching to hear the victim’s mother talk about her deceased son. However, as the reporter I worked with said “ this business isn’t for the light-hearted, we feel for her put we can’t get emotionally attached. If you did, you will constantly be stressed and your stories will be bias in a sense.”