Monday was spent with Mikaela at the CSU bureau. Mikaela had been having trouble that day with her plans for her news stories. One after another had fallen through for her before I arrived and she was frustrated. She had not been able to get any interviews or SOTs (sound on tape—from the interview). So, there wasn’t anything for us to work on for WRBL. However, I had an assignment in another class that I had time to work on and Mikaela had time to look at a news package I had done for class from last week. Mikaela liked it, which made me feel good.
I was out on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a medical procedure, but returned Thursday to WRBL main bureau. Each morning begins with a meeting about what will be featured on the news for the rest of the day. Anchors, reporters, and weather-people give updates on what they are working on. It’s usually an exciting time of the day. At this time, interns usually find out what we are doing for the day. On Thursday, LaPorshe had us practice as anchors in the studio. We were able to read from the teleprompter as we stood in front of a video panel. We learned a little about how difficult it is to do a cold read from the prompter while on air.
Mikhaela had left an assignment for us that was due Friday. We were to write a news package. We wrote it as if we were the live reporter covering the story of the Florida Mail Bomber suspect. It was harder than I thought. Conner, the news manager, looked over mine and told me it was ready to go on air. That’s a great compliment. Looking forward to next week.