Alexis Jarrett-WLTZ NBC 38-Dee Armstrong Show-PA

So being a production assistant has many perks. First, we get to have hands on experience with the same technology that is used in major network stations. NBC Universal would be using the same formats for all their broadcasts that I am learning here locally. This will look great on a resume when I exit college. The second great perk of the job is all the current and local events that you get to keep track of because you work at a news station. When Hurricane Sandy rolled into the East Coast, I was at the news station watching at the Master Control Operator captured the news feed for the “Breaking News” segments that would come in from NBC Universal.

Also, there are always exciting guests that stop by and generally everyday we get to have someone on the show who is a guest in our ‘Cooking Corner.’ This by far has to be the best perk of the job; getting to eat for free everyday!  We also get in beauty experts that show you how to do makeup tips, experts on health and fitness, and many more topics.

Beside the average college student wanting the experience of a real T.V. station, I also get to work under some great people who are teaching me all the latest technology and skills I will need to make me competitive in the work force. Learning how to work programs such as Final Cut Pro X, Avid, After Effects etc are industry standards that I have to learn. It can be an exciting, but daunting process, however when you know this industry is for you, the sky is the limit.

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Alexis Jarrett-WLTZ NBC 38-Dee Armstrong Show-Production

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned while working in a T.V. station is to be flexible. Learning how to do everyone’s job and knowing that everything in a T.V. station is interrelated is key to survival. So far while working here I have learned how to edit news stories from CNN on Final Cut and send them to the Dee Show, work the promoter during live T.V. and the news, make Youtube and photos appear during the live show, keep track of the time during a show, work the camera’s during the show, and also update our viewers via social media outlet Facebook.

One of the skills I wish to learn is how to direct a live show inside the production room. The show director has probably the biggest job out of them all because they are in control of what you see on T.V. I was at first intimidated by all the glowing buttons and controls in the room, but now since I get to see how it is done first hand I know I can master it.

Alexis – WLTZ NBC 38 Dee Armstrong Show – Production Intern

Greetings from The Dee Armstrong Show!

 So, last time we talked I spoke about how I would walk everyone through how we book guests, and set a theme for the show. Ok, first we have to brainstorm about what would be appealing to our demographic. For the Dee Show it is women between the ages of 25-60+. So we have to make sure we pick topics for that group of women that would make for good T.V. Second, we have to ask ourselves, what is current in the news and culture of this time? So, with it being fall in the south, one of the obvious choices is … Football! But, how do we make football appealing to women? This season we have started  a theme called, “Coaches Wives,” where we tell a story of the coaches wives from local colleges and football teams, all the while they are sharing their favorite recipe with Dee on air. This is just one of many examples of how we set a theme for the show based on the times and season. The next thing to tackle is actually booking guests to come onto the show. One would think that most people would jump at opportunities to be on T.V and tell their stories, but this is not always true. We have to call a lot of people and make ourselves personable over the phone when we explain to them what we do on the show, so they won’t be intimidated by being on T.V. There are some people however that are polar opposites, and sprint at the chance of being on the show. We also have people who have great companies is the area who buy air time from our sales department.

These are all ways that people come to the Dee Show, but the number one thing that we look for is an interesting story  in our community.  One of the best things about working at a T.V show is that you stay up up-to-date on the voice and pace of our community.

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Alexis Jarrett – WLTZ – Production Intern

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Hello All !

It’s another school year and I am finally a Senior! Last year (Spring Semester) I interned at WLTZ as a News Intern, and I learned that I honestly liked production and TV more than the news. The show experienced some changes over the summer when I interned, so this year, I will be writing to you all as a production intern for the Dee Armstrong Show. So I bet you are wondering, what exactly do you do?

In TV your work week starts the week before. You have to be prepared or else everything will crash and burn. On Fridays I get ready for the next week by preparing and researching show topics for the week. First, I have to keep in my mind the show’s demographic which is very important in TV. The show’s demographic is women between the ages of 25-65. So when I am researching topics, I have to find shows relevant to our audience. The show topics are: Health, Beauty, Relationships, Something Wow, and Money. For each topic, I have to find three related articles from websites. It sounds easy, however, it can be a daunting task!  These topics usually fit into the monologue, which is the first part of the show where things are light and funny and are used to draw in the viewers.

On my next blog, I will talk to you about the process for booking guests and setting a theme for the show!

-Alexis.