The last few weeks I have been able to film, edit, and work on my personal stand-ups and gain more experience in the studio. One thing I love about this industry is that there is hardly ever a dull moment because there is always a news story to be told and something to do. I was able to shoot some footage, and film some things inside the studio last week as I worked with Roslyn. She gave me many different tips on the broadcasting industry and answered many questions I had as well. As the weeks pass by I am still looking forward to the finishing product of my news reporter reel!
Every day there is a new story and something interesting going on in Columbus that WTVM reporters have the opportunity of broadcasting to the public. Last week there was a big problem with a haunted house owner of Quarantine Haunted House. The owner promised the workers $100 a day for 19 days and he only paid them $100 for 19 days. This stirred a lot of controversy and upset families. I got a chance to interview an film Roslyn for her package.
The last few weeks I have been able to film, edit, and work on my personal standups and gain more expeirence in the studio. One thing I love about this industry is that there is hardly ever a dull moment because there is always a news story to be told and something to do. I was able to shoot some footage and film some things inside the studio last week as I worked with Roslyn she gave me many different tips on th broadcasting industry and answered many questions I had as well. As the weeks pass by I am still looking forward to the finishing product of my news reporter reel!
In the business of local broadcasting people are always moving in and out of the station. Curtis McCloud is one reporter who just left and has moved to Richmond, VA. I am very excited for him, but he is the guy who has been showing me the ropes and helping me with my personal reporter reel. In the meantime I have been editing footage to continue with my ultimate goal. Also, I have been able to sit with the producers and gain and understanding of what they do and the program they use for the shows. Since Curtis has left the station I will be placed with Roslyn Giles, who I was with last year and she is a great reporter that I admire. I know she will be a great mentor and I look forward to being with her throughout the rest of my time at the station.
Last weekend Curtis McCloud and I went out to take some stand up shots to build my resume reel. It was a long day, however I was able to learn proper techniques for a reporter that is interested in this field. I brought a change of clothes and made up different scenarios, so that I would have variety of things to add to my reel. I was also able to write the scripts of what I wanted to say. I am in the process of continuing to edit and perfect my reel so that I can apply as an entry reporter to different places. I have been receiving some encouragement and constructive criticism as I continue to pursue the goal and dream of news journalist. I am looking forward to the final product!
Last Week I had the opportunity to meet and interview some important people in Columbus. The stories we worked on included a gas leak and new construction on an intersection on J.R. Allen Parkway. With these stories it was interesting because I had a chance to see that reporters go above and beyond to complete their story. For instance, with the gas leak we had to walk a while to get to the school because of the traffic and it was great to see different angles of reporting. Also, I was able to shoot some stand-up shots as well to add to my reel. It was a great week!
After a great Spring semester at WTVM, I decided that I would like to pursue the career in reporting. I enjoyed that aspect of the news station and it has been a great learning experience so far!! The last two weeks I have learned so much and I believe I am getting the hang of the news room and the steps taken to produce a story. I have been able to go out with Curtis McCloud and assist him with stories while I have the chance to build my own reel, so that I can have my experiences on tape. Recently, I learned how to do a live shot on your own with a backpack, and it is something new and innovative within the broadcasting world and I was glad I was able to learn the ropes of a live shot. Last week Mayor Teresa Tomlinson had an open forum and Curtis McCloud had a live shot there for the 6:00pm show. Not only is this showing me technical skills, but also I am networking and learning to be kindly aggressive to get what you want in your show. I am looking forward to a great semester and I am excited for the opportunities to come!
Last week I took my time to put together a full package story, which was fun and challenging to complete. I was able to do a voice over in the booth and edit the story I worked on in one day. I must admit that this was the most tedious experience, however I believe I will get use to the process as time goes on. My goal is to have four packages completed, so that I can have it for my tape in order to send to different news companies. I was able to also get some footage for another package next week that I will be putting together soon as well. I let some of the editors look at the package I put together and they were able to give some editing tips with the program and they liked it overall. I am learning a lot and I look forward to becoming more comfortable with this process as time goes on!
There is always something interesting and new to do in the news room.
This week, I helped Anna (one of the producers) write multiple teasers and leads for the noon show. Also, I got a chance to work with Roslyn Giles on a murder case that involved a shooting. It was interesting because it was like a murder mystery because we couldn’t find any information on the suspects. Eventually, we found someone who was at the place where the shooting happened. I enjoyed this process, even though it was a sad story.
Interning at WTVM News Leader 9 has been a rewarding experience. This week I helped out with a story about a girl who was caught with drugs at Applebee’s. In the pictures you will see me getting b-roll of the Applebee’s for the news segment. I also helped to write the script for this story. This was fun because I felt like a detective learning the information about the case. Also, on Wednesday I got a chance to do more writing by helping with teases and it was awesome hearing the anchor read it on the news and laugh at the funny ones. I am continuing to learn more about broadcast journalism and I enjoy meeting and getting to know the people at the station.