Jennifer Therrien – Military Appreciation Golf Tournament

Ranger Joe's Open

WOW! This was an exciting week at the Chamber. On Friday October 18th, I attended my first Golf Tournament. It was exciting to be out of the office and experiencing something different and fun at the same time. Before the Golf Tournament the week before was spent preparing for the tournament and getting things ready. One of my tasks included creating cart signs and ordering signs for each hole and creating the program. I got to communicate with Sunshine Banners when creating the signs.

There were several different sponsors for this event. The Title Sponsor was Ranger Joe’s and they helped make a huge part of this event a success. Other sponsors included Carl Gregory, Clear Channel, Masterbuilt, Snyder’s Lance and much more!

I was a little worried about rain appearing at the Golf Tournament but it didn’t. Friday morning started off really early, arriving at Ft. Benning at 8am . Amy and I started the day by putting together signs that would be placed on the holes. Next, we drove to each hole and placed each sign. It was fun to be able to ride the golf cart and see the entire golf course. After placing all the signs in their correct location we then begin to help make sure all of the coolers were set and ready to be distributed.

Next on my list was to place the cart signs on the correct cart and distribute flyers and goody bags to each cart. At first Dana and I made a mistake and took off signs that were not supposed to be taken off! I ended up having to dig some signs out of the trash. Not fun at all!!

Around 11 o’ clock people started arriving. My next duty was to sell mulligans for each of the golfers after they registered. The mulligans were $10 a piece and most people would buy several for their teammates.

At 12 o’ clock I was to report to Hole 4, where I would help conduct the Hole-In-One. I had to make sure each golfer was standing in the correct location and they followed the rules. If they did make a hole-in-one they would receive a dodge truck. Unfortunately there was no winner. Maybe next year!

My last task of the day was to help at Par 3 Poker. At this hole we would conduct a card game and the golfers would pay $5 to play. The golfer with the highest score would get half of the pot and the remainder would go to United Way. It was fun to see everyone get so involved in this card game.

My first time helping out at a golf tournament was a success! Hopefully I get to experience more golf tournaments. It was interesting to see the way one was put together and see everyone take part in such a great event,

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Natalie-WTVM Channel 9 Passion Ignited…

My first full day at WTVM Channel 9 began Friday at 10 am and ended at 6pm. It went by so fast and did not feel like work at all. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had the opportunity to listen in on the morning meeting.  After the meeting, I was introduced to Brittany, the Video Journalist I would be shadowing for the duration of my internship. Brittany had a few stories she was working on, which led us to visit a man’s house in Phenix City, Alabama. Brittany allowed me to record her interview. I did not get a chance to record very much, because the man mentioned that he did not want to be on television . So I had to turn off the camera. All of this was so exciting for me.  We went a few other places to get different perspectives of the story, and then went back to the newsroom where Brittany began editing and preparing her package, which is another word for story. I was able to go into the sound room with her while she recorded her voice-overs. I also watched her present the news live for her segment of the show concerning the news she had gathered and prepared that morning. 

Saturday morning we had to be at the station at 6:30 a.m. to prepare for covering the return of Soldiers from Afghanistan. We met the Fort Benning Public Affairs Officer at the front gate along with other news affiliates. We then convoyed to the site where the Soldiers would return and where eager families were waiting to see their Soldiers. There was so much positive energy and excitement in the air. This unit returned home with zero deaths. This was a serious event for Brittany and I was able to see first hand her professionalism, assertiveness and drive to do her very best to get a story her audience could identify and connect with. Brittany is shorter than I am, and I was practically running to keep up with her on several occasions. With all of this going on and the importance of getting her story, Brittany was still cognitive of the fact of me being with her and ensured that she was teaching me and giving me guidance every step of the way. After this event we went to another event.

The Annual Buddy walk, where Brittany allowed me to record the entire event. I taped interviews, and B-roll during this event. It is great getting hands-on training from an expert. We then went back to the news station where she taught me how to pick out the important personal part of the story, and I became familiar with EDIUS the software used at WTVM to enter packages voice-overs and sound on tape.  Overall I had a fabulous experience. What I love most about the profession is the opportunity to meet new people everyday. There never seems to be a dull redundant moment.

Until next time keep this in mind… “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~ Henry Ford