My work life so far at WTVM

Dave Platta and a weekend anchor on the set

Dave Platta and a weekend anchor on the set

So far everything has been going well at WTVM. I’m really enjoying my job there and my new co-workers. I’m almost done with training on the cameras and will filming unsupervised soon. I have already been filming several news segments already on my own but I am still not 100% done with the training process. So far, my job duties are pretty normal for a news content specialist. I pretty much set up the set before each show and make sure the anchors, audio tech, master control, etc, get a rundown the start of each show.

This is what a rundown looks like

This is what a rundown looks like

The main part of my job is making sure that each and every shot is precise and accurate. If any shot is messed up, I will definitely hear about it so I always feel the pressure to perfect each and every one of my camera shots for each show.

Getting my shot from behind the camera

Getting my shot from behind the camera

It’s a good feeling to be able to tell my friends and family I work at a news station and I actually enjoy it. Everyday I learn something new and grow and I think that is the ultimate goal and purpose of me being here.

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Goodbye Internship, Hello JOB!!!! :)

My last day as a intern!

My last day as a intern!

Okay, so I’m a little late with this post but things have been soo hectic in my life that I could write another an entire blog about.

Anyway, so on Wednesday, October 22nd, I was hired on at WTVM as a Media Content Specialist by Mr. Darryl Huger. That was also the last official day of my internship with the company. It was incredible! Mr. Huger made a huge announcement in front of the entire staff at the 2:45 news meeting and everyone was very supportive and encouraging. That same day I was given my official company badge with my actual picture on it and I was also added to the payroll that day.

I traded in my internship badge for my OFFICIAL EMPLOYEE badge! :)

I traded in my internship badge for my OFFICIAL EMPLOYEE badge! ūüôā

Finally OFFICIAL!

Finally OFFICIAL!

Once I was done with that, I still had a few hours left in my internship for the day and I wanted to savor those few hours by hitting the streets with Sara Lim for a story to cover. Sara and I went to CSU’s main campus to interview Dr. Thomas Dolan about the Khorasan group and its threat to the United States.

My awesome Sara Lim!

The awesome Sara Lim!

Looking busy for the camera

Looking busy for the camera

Dr. Thomas Dolan

Dr. Thomas Dolan

Once we were done with that story, we headed downtown to the Police Dept. to look for leads on a good story. We were able to get access to the back area of the Police Dept. where Sara and I could look through a book of recent police reports and pick out what we felt like could be used for news.

I started my very first working shift on Friday, October 24th. Right now, I’m only working weekends there; Friday-Sunday until next semester when I have more availability with my classes. This is a really big accomplishment for me and also an exciting one. My internship only lasted 2 months and I already have a job working for the same company I was interning for. It all happened so fast that it almost felt unreal. I definitely plan to use this opportunity to my advantage and get all of the necessary experience I need grow and become a valuable asset to a company after graduation. Mr. Huger told me after he hired me that this is not just a job but the beginning of my career and he is absolutely right. This opportunity is not only a fantastic resume builder but it will open the door for more opportunities for me later in life and after graduation. I look forward to establishing a career at WTVM and I am anxious to see what doors open for me down the line.

I asked Mr. Huger to take a selfie with me after he hired me and he kindly obliged! :D

I asked Mr. Huger to take a selfie with me after he hired me and he kindly obliged! ūüėÄ

Come Join Us at the Media Roundtable on Tuesday evening!

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You may have seen these floating around campus promoting the event.

Today was pretty eventful for me at the station! I started out my day at the 9:45 news meeting that we normally have every morning. Next, I shadowed one of the producers for the 12:00 news show. Even though I had shadowed producers before for news segments, it’s always an exciting experience for me to see how different producers bring their own unique personality to the show. After the 12:00 show was over, Janell, the assistant news director allowed me the opportunity to write a VSOT for the 6:00 show about how Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr donated $10,000 to the local African American Museum in Columbus and donated $15,000 to the House of Mercy homeless shelter. It was my first time creating a VSOT so I was a little lost at first but luckily, I had ¬†people around me willing to help me create a great VOSOT. After I was done creating my VSOT, Janell partnered with me about the Media ¬†Roundtable meeting that she was organizing for Tuesday night at 7:30 in the Schuster building. The purpose of the meeting was to bring awareness to the recent occurrences of police brutality in the media and also shed light on domestic violence. Janell had me make a few copies to create a packet to pass out at the event and she had me create a few nameplates from the guest panelists that would be at the event. I will update later with more info on how the event turns out.

Another day another story….

A closer look at my standup from Edius software

A closer look at my standup from Edius software

Today I had the pleasure of working alongside Tasia. Tasia is one of the producer’s at WTVM and she just began working as a reporter about 4 days ago. She and I got the chance to cover a story today involving the residents that live between Blackmon Road and JR Allen pkwy and the new development of a neighborhood market Walmart. The concern of the residents of that area was that traffic would increase in that area with a ¬†new Wal-Mart and it would make the area less quiet. Tasia and I went out to the area and met up with one of the supporters of a Facebook group called “Say No to Walmart on Blackmon Rd” and we were able to interview her for the 5:00 news show and get her opinion of the new Wal-Mart.

One we got our interview with her, Tasia and I got some b-roll footage of the area and oncoming traffic to include in the story. Once we got our b-roll, we drove around the area to find other residents in the area to interview for our story. We found another subject in a nearby subdivision that was willing to speak in front of the camera and give her opinion on how she felt about the new Wal-Mart. Once done with that particular interview, Tasia and I set-up for our standup in front of the camera. After a couple takes I finally got my take right and we went back to the station where we begin editing our package. As usual, it was a great experience working soo close to the reporters and learning more about their craft and what it takes to make a successful news package.

Editing my standup from earlier

Editing my standup from earlier

The beginning of the editing  process

The beginning of the editing process

House Fire coverage with Sherale & Sara!

photo (19) ¬†¬†¬†¬†On Wednesday I got the opportunity to work alongside Sara Lim again! We went out to Stewart County (Lumpkin, Ga) to cover a house fire that occurred and left 1 person dead. It was a great opportunity for me to get more insight into what reporters go through to cover a story and create it in a short amount of time. While out with Sara, I got the opportunity to help her film footage of the aftermath of the fire. I also helped interview key people involved in the situation that were nearby and I even got the chance to get in front of the camera and create footage for my own news package. The toughest part about this situation was getting people to speak on camera for us so we could have A roll footage along with our B roll. After much probing around for people to interview, we finally got Tawanda Strickland, a neighbor of the deceased and interim police chief of Lumpkin, William Howard to speak to us on camera. Once we got all of the footage we needed for the 5:00 news segment, Sara and I headed back to the station to edit and package the footage for the show. I began creating and editing my own news package with the footage I had of me in front of the camera. I did not get the chance to finish on Wednesday because I’m still learning the editing software so I am not as fast as everyone else with packaging stories but I’m still learning and plan to finish up on Friday.

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I enjoyed my experience with Sara in Lumpkin covering this story. I learned a great deal and Sara allowed me to participate in every aspect of the filming and interview process and did not treat me like a intern at all. I really appreciated that and it made my experience much more exciting. Another great thing that happened from me being out that day is that the photos I captured from the scene were featured on WTVM’s website and captioned with my name as the photo credit! This was really exciting and I am thrilled that my pictures were used. Loving my internship with WTVM so far! Click the link to see for yourself….

http://www.wtvm.com/story/26497428/one-dead-in-lumpkin-house-fire

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Working with reporter Sara Lim

Today at the station I was partnered with reporter Sara Lim. I spent my entire day with her and I enjoyed every second of it. At the beginning of the day, I could sense that Sara was pretty stressed out and frustrated which was absolutely understandable being that she is a reporter with tight deadlines to make. Sara had 3 stories that she was in charge of covering today, the first one involving the 47 year old rapper Bobby Ray Stewart aka HiWay who was shot Saturday night at The Supper Club on Buena Vista Rd.. Sara and I went out to see if we could get interviews from either the owner of The Supper Club or by family members or relatives of the deceased. After reaching out to various sources with no avail, Sara & I decided to give that story a break and take a lunch break and head back to the station to figure out what our next move would be. After partnering with the assistant news director Janell, we went out again to interview Dr. Robert Chrzanowski, a Allergist-immunologist specialist. We were able to get a great story courtesy of Dr. Chrzanowski about ragweed season and how it affects people and how to treat and prevent an allergic reaction to it.

Once we left Dr. Chrzanoski’s office, Sara & I went to South Columbus over to the Winston Road and Head street intersection to get some eye witness interviews from local residents in the area about the shooting of 16 year old Christopher Jones. Sara informed me before we arrived that this wasn’t the safest area in Columbus and that the area was very violent. Sara also informed me that because the area is so violent, it may be difficult to get anyone to speak to us on camera. Once we arrived, we asked several of the residents if they could give us any information on the incident that occurred and if they would mind getting in front of the camera for us, but as Sara predicted many were too afraid to be featured on camera discussing the crime. After getting rejected by several of the residents, we eventually left the area and went back to the station.

Once back at the station, Sara began working on her stories and news packages for the evening show. She explained to me that days like that were not uncommon and that you typically have to just take what you can get and keep it moving.

After working with Sara, I really got a little bit more of a better understanding of what it was like to be a reporter on a bad day and how to handle situations when you feel like you are getting no where. Even though Sara started out the day stressed and frustrated trying to meet her deadlines and get interviews for the evening show, she quickly warmed up to me and gave me some very valuable tips and information that you can’t learn in a classroom. I really enjoyed working with her. Sara kept everything raw and real with me and did not sugarcoat anything and I really appreciated that. Her candidness showed me what countless other reporters go through everyday and also showed me what to expect in the broadcast industry.

Sara & I outside the station

Sara & I outside the station

The scene where Christopher Jones died

The scene where Christopher Jones died

Dr. Chrzanowski

Dr. Chrzanowski

First Week with WTVM

My first week with WTVM was interesting. I spent most of my first week getting to know a lot of the workers at the station and learning about the different types of software that they use at the station. One program that noticed that practically everyone uses at the station is called ENPS and I also noticed that the editing software that the editors used was called Edius. When I arrive at 9:30 am to the station, I browsed the internet for major news stories to discuss at the 9:45 am news meeting. After the news meeting, I partnered with different employees in different departments such as directors, editors, producers, assignment editors, etc and gain valuable insight on what each position entailed and the do’s and don’ts. Just from my initial experience in the production control room, I can tell that that’s probably going to be the most challenging department for me to learn but I’m ready!