California King Snake: Conquering Fears-Tier Wootson-WLTZ

This week we had Mrs. Jan Kent from our very own CSU Oxbow Meadows. She brought some friends with her. She brought a shell of a tortoise and a California King Snake. If you want to go see the tortoises, you need to hurry up. They will only be here for a limited time. As she was on air she said the California King eats other snakes, particularly venomous. If you all didn’t know, I am highly scared of snakes, especially after watching movies like Anaconda and Snakes On a Plane. California King Snakes have teeth, but only bite when they feel threaten.20140226-145802.jpg

After the show, I wanted to semi-conquer my fear of snakes, so I decided to hold him.  DJ Chip was taking a video, which I didn’t know, of me conquering my fear. I felt so proud of myself to conquer my fear, especially in an atmosphere that is geared towards news and not wild life. I have experienced and learned a lot here, but I am most proud of this moment because it was a personal victory that I can check off my bucket list.20140226-145754.jpg

If you all would like to go to Oxbow Meadows to see some wild life, they are located at 3535 South Lumpkin. RD. They are open Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm. Admission is free.

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WLTZ – Wild Game Dinner – Tier Wootson

We had Pastor Keenan Franklin from First Baptist Church come onto Chip’s World, to talk about their annual Wild Game Dinner. At first I thought Mr.Keenan was going to miss the first segment of the show because his GPS took him everywhere around the world to get to us. I’m glad he did make it because we had nothing prepared for backup. The Wild Game Dinner is an opportunity for the community to come together and fellowship, while eating deer and quail. Mr.Keenan said, “this is good eating.” There will be a local artist there to perform and put on show for everyone in attendance. For those who don’t eat wild game, have no fear, there will be chicken fingers and other food for you to eat. The Wild Game dinner is March 6th and it starts at 6pm.

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Mr.Keenan was a joy to have, but as I was talking to him, he mentioned how this is a cool and wonderful experience for me to have. I sat back and took the picture above of our producer and time keeper. Seeing them work every morning to make sure the show runs smoothly and how to the handle unexpected turn of events is admirable. As the months have past, I forgotten how much this experience has taught me and the doors this will open for my future career. As a college student life can become very hectic, but you always have to slow down and be thankful for the blessing The Lord has given you. So I am very thankful to be an intern for WLTZ. They have taught/continue to teach me knew things, each and everyday.

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Black History Month-Tier Wootson

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As we all know it is Black History Month. For our morning show, WLTZ First News Today, our anchor Kirsten, wanted to do a quote of the day. She put me in charge of it. I was very excited to be able to put my creative side to use. Even though it is a simple task, it means a lot to me personally. Because I am African American, I take pride in my culture’s history and all that we have accomplished. Like some of the examples above, people from Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall have played significant
roles in the African American History and creating opportunities that were not available in the past.

I wanted to do something new and different and not just concentrate on well known civil rights activists but also the people that most people don’t even know about. I haven’t done this person yet, but Hattie Mcdaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, for her role of Mammy in Gone With The Wind. I want the daily quotes to inspire the people reading them. I like to choose photos that tell a story by itself. I love Rosa Parks picture because it stands by itself. When choosing colors to contrast with the picture, I can’t just think about how it looks in front of me but also on the TV screen. When I first started making these they were not sending through correctly, so I had to make sure the format was correct.

As I stated early it means a lot to me to have this opportunity to do this and continue to educate our audience on Black History.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~Harriet Tubman

Christmas is over but winter is still here: Snow Days in Columbus brings the City to a holt! – Tier Wootson

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Last Tuesday Georgia received a Winter Storm alert predicting that it would snow throughout the state. Naturally, WLTZ was gearing up to cover it because we needed to let the people know what was going on. One thing I didn’t know was even despite of a snow storm the show must go on. I was always taught you protect yourself first, but my news director said, “it’s our duty to let the people know what’s going on. What is open/closed. What streets and highways to avoid if possible.” I along with many other people in Columbus chose to locked ourselves in the house. I didn’t feel comfortable driving on the road, considering so many accidents were occurring, so I was working for home.

It was quite difficult trying to find a guest to come onto the show, considering most places were closed. What were we going to do? Have fun! And ask for help so, we asked local residents to send in photos and videos of themselves having fun it the snow. Once the ice cleared businesses opened and things got back to normal. I was able to get the following week set up and everything was normal in the workplace . After all, only in Georgia does it snow on Tuesday and it’s dry on Friday, but no matter what, you can count on WLTZ NBC 38 to deliver the best and accurate news available.

Reach For Your Dreamz- Tier Wootson

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Now that the Holidays are over, it’s time to get back to business. We had Latasha Hicks and Tiffany Wright on ” Chip’s World” with Dj Chip. They are a non-profit organization that works with at risk youth and children with disabilities. The program is roughly two years old and their main goal is to encourage anybody, but particularly children, that you can Reach Your Dreams at any age. They try to expose the youth to different opportunities and to show them what it takes to accomplish your dreams. They love volunteers and have memberships available for those who would like to join.

It was weird being back just because it’s been so long since I held a camera and wasn’t use to waking up so early in the morning. I was having some problems with panning the camera but it was fixed. We had a good time, and I learned a lot about their organization. It feels good to be back in the swing of things and back with my WLTZ crew.

Tier Wootson- This is Not the End

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Even tough this is the end of the semester, this is not the end of my internship. I plan on continuing to stay with WLTZ NBC 38 during the holiday break and next semester. I even plan on continuing to be with them as long as they want to have me. I have a lot to learn about the business that I love. The main thing that I have learned this semester is that you have to have passion and patience. The entertainment industry is not one that you get into if you don’t have patience. Everything will not be handed to you the moment you walk through the door, regardless of how much talent you have. You sacrifice parts of your life to do the thing that you love; spending time with loved ones, your children, hanging out with friends, having free time. All these things I love but there is a time and place for everything. I love working with the staff at WLTZ. They welcomed me with open arms and have taught me so much in the last few weeks and continue to teach me everyday. I’m looking forward to having more time at the studio to learn as much as I can before I leave for the holiday.

Tier Wootson-All Aboard

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The National Infantry Museum is having their annual event of showing one of Disney’s most cherished holiday movies, The Polar Express. We had Jordan Beck, media coordinator, come on “Chip’s World” to talk about it. This tradition started back in 2009 when the infantry Museum first opened and continues today. Kids and parents are encouraged to wear their pajamas for a magical journey to the North Pole. The movie is shown at IMAX Theatre from November 29-December 22. This showing is not only in IMAX Theatre but also shown in 3D, with surround sound and a 70ft screen for you viewing enjoyment. You can find more information on their website, http://www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org/IMAX. This is a great family event to take the kids to and continue to get into the holiday spirit and find the true spirit of Christmas.