Although things have slowed down slightly after Youth of the Year, my work here has not. My projects have gotten smaller as we’re in the between stages of preparing for our next major event. At the start of fall each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley hold their annual Upatoi Polo Cup. The details of this event are so large, we begin planning mid April, early May. Therefore we aim to get smaller projects and general club marketing done before our time is strictly placed on this large scale event.

As of right now, we are focusing on our Women’s Giving Circle Kick-Off Luncheon next week. The Women’s Giving Circle’s plan is to cultivate the artwork the children complete in the club’s each day through the Fine Arts Programs. Funds raised during the luncheon will help provide supplies and resources for club members to participate in more Fine Arts related programming whether it is in the clubs or providing the opportunity to go on field trips to get exposure to various arts programs in the area.

In assisting with this program I have created a news release that will go out to our media sources early next week. In addition, I have sent out a small save the date to Phenix City Life magazine. I also had the pleasure of creating the organization’s mission statement.

“The Women’s Giving Circle is a community of women coming together to educate, engage and support the BGCCV’s youth through development efforts in the Chattahoochee Valley.”

In the closing of this week I will be working on another news release focusing on our 2013 successes. In comparison to 2012 we have improved in our targeted program areas. These areas include: Academic Success, Good Character & Leadership and Healthy Lifestyles.




I have also been continuing my regular duties in updating all of our social media outlets. I have to say that is the best part of my day as I get to view the photos of our kids having fun in the clubs.

Hudson Thompson – Department of Communications Pictures

So, I was told to locate about 5 or 6 still photos for Dr. Gibson because she is wanting to send out a little timeline kind of thing to the alumni and show what all the Department of Communications and NPACE has accomplished over the last year. This included the NPACE launch, last year’s ArtBeat, Active Shooter, etc. It made me realize how far this department has come in the last year. NPACE really has established itself.  ArtBeat keeps asking for us to come back and film the activities and events. Active Shooter turned out really well, and was very professionally done.


It has been a blast being with this department for 4 and 1/2 years and I’d recommend the Communication Department to anyone looking for a home here at CSU.

Hudson Thompson -This chapter is coming to a close…

“It has been a blast being with this department for 4 and 1/2 years and I’d recommend the Communication Department to anyone looking for a home here at CSU.”

This excerpt from my last post really sums up everything I need to say about my time here. I graduated in December of last semester. Finished up these hours here at NPACE and will now get my degree officially. It has been a great time. I will miss this place, I believe. I am very ready to start my next adventure, I move out on the 14th across the country; but, I know I will think back on my times here from time to time.

san-diego-skylineSan Diego-bound

For now, thank you all for my time here. I’ll see you later! 🙂

Christina Kleehammer – WTVM – When Knowing is Fun

I really enjoyed writing this article today.

Chris and Jenny Jackson from Jenny Jack Sun Farm in Pine Mountain,Ga., that is featured in the documentary “GROW!” - Photo by Anthony-Masterson.

Chris and Jenny Jackson from Jenny Jack Sun Farm in Pine Mountain,Ga., that is featured in the documentary “GROW!” – Photo by Anthony-Masterson.

My last blog post was about the difficult stories, but this one is about the ones that peeked our curiosity and make us laugh.

The article I shared above is about a restaurant in Americus that’s hosting a screening of “GROW!”, a documentary about Georgia’s local, organic farming culture.  I didn’t realize we have such a thriving young farming community in our state, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about it while simultaneously informing the WTVM web viewers as well.  I hope a lot of people are able to attend the event.  It’s a little far away, but I may even try to go as well.  Sounds cool!

When it comes to good news, as with bad, you never know what’s going to happen next.  Today, everyone was sitting at their desks, working quietly in the newsroom, when Kelsey (Assignment Editor) announced that we have to see this video of Richard Simmons promoting Auburn University Aviation Program, which was just posted to YouTube that moment. Next thing we know, the whole newsroom is cracking-up!  I suggested Austin (6 o’clock News Producer) use it as the kicker for his show, which he was thrilled to do. (Good kickers can be difficult to come by sometimes.)

We were definitely laughing, but Auburn fans can be the ones to decide whether or not the viral video counts as good news or bad.  What do you think?

Christina Kleehammer-WTVM-Week 12: Breaking News

As you can imagine, this has been a pretty action-packed week at WTVM News Leader 9.  We were sitting in the producers’ meeting on Monday afternoon going over the stories for each show when one of the producers looks at his phone and suddenly says, “Two explosions just went off at the Boston Marathon.”

Silence.  Scratch the plans.  National breaking news changes everything.  Here we go…

There’s an interesting relationship between local news and their national corporate affiliations.  The local 5 o’clock WTVM news show did not even air due to ABC’s coverage of the live events in Boston.  Still, relevant local events do not pause for the rest of the world.  So, I worked on updating a local breaking web story about a teenage boy who shot his parents while every major network reported on the Boston tragedy, and the WTVM newsroom bustled to be prepared just incase they had to go on air to report about the events.

The thing about working in news is that you always know what’s happening in the media world the moment that it happens.  On days when people inexplicably injure the innocent, it’s challenging not to be able to shut it off.

But then there are days when the world watches on as the good guy wins and the authorities bring justice.  That was Friday night, when Courtney the web producer had a Birthday dinner at Loco’s.  Some of the anchors were there on their dinner break between live broadcasts, and while we were there, the Boston bomber suspect was captured in a boat in someone’s backyard.  The WTVM anchors immediately tweeted it to their followers, then left to go tell them on TV.  In moments like that, working in news can be pretty rewarding.

With some of the WTVM News Team, celebrating Courtney's Birthday at Loco's Grill.

With some of the WTVM News Team, celebrating Courtney’s Birthday at Loco’s Grill.

Cory Veal – It’s just the beginning

This is the end of my second week at both my internships,  and boy has it been an exciting week.

This week at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley I was officially assigned the task of helping with the preparation of the Youth of the Year Ceremony. As an alumni, I know how important this is and what all goes into being selected and being a part of the event, so this is beyond exciting for me.


The Youth of the Year is a large event  that takes place each annually. Local clubs select children between the ages of 14-18 to be the youth of the year. Once selected they are entered in the state competition. If the child wins the state competition they will receive a $1,000 scholarship and then participate in the regional competition. Then five regional winners will be selected and win a $10,000 scholarship, and then compete at the national level. Once the national winner is selected they will win an additional $50,000 and be installed by the president. So as you can see, this is a lot of money to win for scholarships and is an important event to the organization. Therefore, I feel lucky to be a part of the team coordinating Columbus’ Youth of the Year Ceremony this year!

As for the NPACE center, I had a very exciting week as well. Coming from a television background I don’t know much about radio, but I was thrown into the fire. This week I had to interview Jim Martin from PMB Broadcasting and it was a true pleasure. He was very easy going and gave us a lot of good material for the NPACE center launch.

I also worked along Zach Jamieson, who was very helpful in assisting me with my first radio interview and I really enjoyed myself.  He showed me around the station and introduced me to all the radio personalities. Everyone was very nice and welcoming, so it made things run much smoother than I thought.


So, I had a pretty exciting week and I can’t wait til more exciting things are thrown my way!             .

Christina Kleehammer – WTVM – Week 1: Assignment Desk

As the new semester was approaching, and with it, my internship at WTVM News Leader 9, I found myself thinking about the news and wondering, “Where does news come from, anyway?”  There are all of these things happening in the world, and somehow certain notable events end-up on the news.  How do the news channel knows all of this stuff?  Fortunately for me, my first week at WTVM was spent at the assignment desk.  Question answered.

The assignment desk is the hub for collecting news stories.  As the Assistant News Director for WTVM, Janell, explained, “The assignment desk is the nucleus of the news station.”  Working at the assignment desk includes constantly monitoring police scanners, phone calls, emails, online sources, and other news stations.  Once a newsworthy story has been identified, the Assignment Editor assigns the stories to reporters.  Then, the producers plug the stories into their shows.


Sometimes WTVM’s sister stations will email stories from other areas, and the Assignment Editor and Producers decide whether or not to pick the story up.  For example, on my first day, WALB let us know that they had a story about a veterinarian who euthenized her six animals, and then herself.  At first, there was deliberation about whether or not WTVM would air the story, especially since the Assignment Editor, Kelsey, is an animal lover and found the story very disturbing.  Then, the 5:30 producer, Jessica, decided to pick the story up for her show.  Kelsey put the information in the system, Jessica gave it a slot, and when the show went live, the WALB reporter connected to WTVM via live link, a first for WALB.
On my second day, we were building a segment to inform the community about the current flu situation, so I spent some time calling local pharmacies to see who still had plenty of flu vaccinations, and who was out.  This was the first time I got to use the line, “Hi, this is Christina with WTVM.  How are you?”
It turns out that my internship hours work out very well.  At the end of the day, I am able to sit in the control room or the studio and watch the 5:00pm and 5:30pm shows go live.  The anchors and reporters inform the viewers all about the stories we’ve discussed throughout the day.  And now, I know where those stories came from.