Still waiting to begin my internship with WTVM channel 9, BUT while I wait… I am receiving the necessary camera skill practice to help me be successful once I start!
This past week in Video Production, taught by Professor Hart, we dove into hands-on training with the camera. We worked in small groups on interviews focusing on the B-Roll technique of capturing good quality alternative shots. B-Roll film allows a camera person to capture extra/additional footage, which is used in editing and also to complement the overall content of the film.
During this past summer, I had the opportunity to intern with The Columbus Times Newspaper. It was a great learning experience overall. My first day on the job, the owner asked me if I owned a camera. He explained that I needed it for taking photos during events. At the time my photos were taken on my high-speed cell phone. As you can imagine, my cell phone camera was not professional enough for the intern experience, so I purchased a Cannon camera recommended by the owner. It was a great investment; the camera takes great photos.
Although my camera is not equipped with a HDV video recorder, I was able to record on it when needed. I often used the recorder when events I attended included a lot of speaking. I would record portions of the speakers speech as a reference to look back on.
The newspaper and television broadcasting business are similar in that as an intern working for The Columbus Times, I was expected to attend events, interview, write articles, take and upload my own pictures. Reporters are expected to do the same thing. In the past it had been sufficient to use a team of at least two people, the camera person and reporter. This is no longer the popular or effective way to do business. I witnessed during my event coverage, there were reporters present, setting up their own cameras, interviewing and recording the event or spokesperson. As a person seeking a job as a reporter, it is not only important that you are able to speak and write well, but it is also very important to know how to work the camera.
Finally, as we all know by now, social media is very important and a must have skill. Not only are reporters required to be familiar with social networks such as Twitter, and Facebook, they are also often required to have current, updated pages reflecting their stories, interviews, and event coverage. The News and Content Manager for WTVM Channel 9 mentioned that the social outlets such as Twitter and Facebook give the reader a snippet, redirects the viewer and allows them to get full content on their WTVM webpage.
Until next time keep this in mind…”Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” ~Napoleon Hill