Jasmine Jones – A week full of adventure at WTVM

I learned so much at the station this week!  I got a chance to work with Chuck Leonard  as we went to Head Start Phenix City for career day.  He explained to the kids what he does and about the equipment used in broadcasting.  As he was explaining it to them, I was learning a lot myself.  I helped him demonstrate to the kids what a tripod is and things like that.  He also gave me some great information about broadcasting and the many different markets in broadcast journalism. I enjoyed working with the kids and learning more about what he does.

Chuck with Kids

I also got a chance to go around with Dante Renzulli, a news reporter, and he showed me where to get police reports and how to pick out the most appropriate ones to show on the news.  He explained to me the importance of having a demo with a stand up and a package in order to apply to become a reporter.  We went on an adventure to Americus, GA, to get a story on the lady who won 3 million dollars off of a scratch-off lottery ticket.  This was very interesting as I got to interview the participants in the town.  Along with that I recorded my first stand-up interview  and he gave me great tips on how to perfect it, so that it will look good.  I thoroughly enjoyed going out with the reporter and learning how to make a story work even when you have little to work with.  It was a great week at WTVM News Leader 9.

First stand up

Jasmine Jones – Learning is Key

This is my second week  interning at WTVM and I continue to learn a lot about the broadcasting industry.  This week I met Kelsey,  the assignment coordinator, and I got a chance to shadow her and see what she does.  She assigns each reporter stories for the news, along with that she answers the phone and reports any breaking news. She had the opportunity to share how she got to WTVM which is always interesting and surprisingly we knew a lot of the same people.  This week I did a lot of writing, so that I may get better with news writing.  Janell Lewis, the executive producer, assigned news stories for me to condense to 30 seconds and write as though I am the anchor. It was challenging to shorten the stories because they were so detailed, but I enjoyed learning how to write the story more concisely.  Lastly, I met Chuck Leonard who showed me around and gave me great advice about the broadcasting industry.  I enjoyed learning from him and I hope to continue to learn more as the weeks continue.

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