My work life so far at WTVM

Dave Platta and a weekend anchor on the set

Dave Platta and a weekend anchor on the set

So far everything has been going well at WTVM. I’m really enjoying my job there and my new co-workers. I’m almost done with training on the cameras and will filming unsupervised soon. I have already been filming several news segments already on my own but I am still not 100% done with the training process. So far, my job duties are pretty normal for a news content specialist. I pretty much set up the set before each show and make sure the anchors, audio tech, master control, etc, get a rundown the start of each show.

This is what a rundown looks like

This is what a rundown looks like

The main part of my job is making sure that each and every shot is precise and accurate. If any shot is messed up, I will definitely hear about it so I always feel the pressure to perfect each and every one of my camera shots for each show.

Getting my shot from behind the camera

Getting my shot from behind the camera

It’s a good feeling to be able to tell my friends and family I work at a news station and I actually enjoy it. Everyday I learn something new and grow and I think that is the ultimate goal and purpose of me being here.

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Strolling for a Cure!!

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(Us ladies with the event Host Brandon Todd)

I love Greek events, so when prompted with the opportunity to film and interview at NPHC’s Annual Strolling For a Cure Show, I jumped on the chance to be apart of it. Initially, my place was just to attend the show but then I found out I could film and became even more excited because not only could I see the show, I could also get a backstage look at the event. The event highlighted different Greek groups at Columbus State who participated to raise money for sickle sell awareness. Not only did I film, I also assisted with interviews of participants, guests and judges. The event itself was so much fun; it was interesting seeing how different fraternities and sororities choose to perform, step and even stroll. It gave an inside look at some of CSU’s Greeks. After the event they raised over $2,000 for the Association of Sickle Cell Lower Chattahoochee Region. It was also good to see different Greeks, IFC, NPHC and NPC come together for a great clause. I can’t wait to see next year’s Strolling for a Cure!!

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(DJ Brad Event DJ)

View This Video – Amelia Cox – CCC

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This week I have attempted to learn how to make a short 1-2 video clip for a class featuring Micah’s Promise. One of the Staff Members here at Christ Community Church (CCC), Robert Williams, is allowing me to borrow his camera and tripod and has told me a few tricks about recording and editing video. I have been playing around with recording different objects and I have learned a few things thus far. 1) It is super hard to keep your hand still when you do not have a tripod and are trying to focus on one object. 2) The littlest bit of sound travels. For example, the air condition or people talking one room over can cause your “quiet scene” to become very loud. 3) Plan out what you want to film before you film it. If you do not do this, you will probably waste a lot of time and memory on your SD card.

Tonight I am filming parts of the Micah’s Promise Board Meeting in order to capture what it is they do. I am excited about this opportunity, but extremely nervous because I do not know much about filming at all. I am scheduled to record two interviews this week for the video and am hoping to have complete silence in order for the sound to be good. On the bright side, I have registered to take Video Production 1 next semester and am hoping that will increase my recording abilities.

Goodbye Internship, Hello JOB!!!! :)

My last day as a intern!

My last day as a intern!

Okay, so I’m a little late with this post but things have been soo hectic in my life that I could write another an entire blog about.

Anyway, so on Wednesday, October 22nd, I was hired on at WTVM as a Media Content Specialist by Mr. Darryl Huger. That was also the last official day of my internship with the company. It was incredible! Mr. Huger made a huge announcement in front of the entire staff at the 2:45 news meeting and everyone was very supportive and encouraging. That same day I was given my official company badge with my actual picture on it and I was also added to the payroll that day.

I traded in my internship badge for my OFFICIAL EMPLOYEE badge! :)

I traded in my internship badge for my OFFICIAL EMPLOYEE badge! 🙂

Finally OFFICIAL!

Finally OFFICIAL!

Once I was done with that, I still had a few hours left in my internship for the day and I wanted to savor those few hours by hitting the streets with Sara Lim for a story to cover. Sara and I went to CSU’s main campus to interview Dr. Thomas Dolan about the Khorasan group and its threat to the United States.

My awesome Sara Lim!

The awesome Sara Lim!

Looking busy for the camera

Looking busy for the camera

Dr. Thomas Dolan

Dr. Thomas Dolan

Once we were done with that story, we headed downtown to the Police Dept. to look for leads on a good story. We were able to get access to the back area of the Police Dept. where Sara and I could look through a book of recent police reports and pick out what we felt like could be used for news.

I started my very first working shift on Friday, October 24th. Right now, I’m only working weekends there; Friday-Sunday until next semester when I have more availability with my classes. This is a really big accomplishment for me and also an exciting one. My internship only lasted 2 months and I already have a job working for the same company I was interning for. It all happened so fast that it almost felt unreal. I definitely plan to use this opportunity to my advantage and get all of the necessary experience I need grow and become a valuable asset to a company after graduation. Mr. Huger told me after he hired me that this is not just a job but the beginning of my career and he is absolutely right. This opportunity is not only a fantastic resume builder but it will open the door for more opportunities for me later in life and after graduation. I look forward to establishing a career at WTVM and I am anxious to see what doors open for me down the line.

I asked Mr. Huger to take a selfie with me after he hired me and he kindly obliged! :D

I asked Mr. Huger to take a selfie with me after he hired me and he kindly obliged! 😀

YouTube is MY FRIEND!

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I love the Internet! It is something that is continuously changing and can help add to my life tremendously. Because of new technology any and everything is on the Internet and with me needing help with Final Cut, what better place to look than the Internet. Not only did I search the web for help in specials tools in Final Cut, I also went to YouTube. YouTube is my favorite website to go to, not only do I LOVE what music videos, covers, and other music oriented stuff, I can also go on there and look at self help videos, training videos, and review videos. When video editing, I think it is important to add some affect effects just to pull the video together and add a little splash to it, and that was something I knew how to do but really wanted to know more about. So I went to YouTube and found a great video by Eric Marks, on his page he does a lot of different tutorials with Final Cut, Photoshop and he even does some camera tricks. Watching this video really opened my eyes to how expanded and cool Final Cut really is. There are so many options in Final Cut, things that can really transform a presentation.

Another day another story….

A closer look at my standup from Edius software

A closer look at my standup from Edius software

Today I had the pleasure of working alongside Tasia. Tasia is one of the producer’s at WTVM and she just began working as a reporter about 4 days ago. She and I got the chance to cover a story today involving the residents that live between Blackmon Road and JR Allen pkwy and the new development of a neighborhood market Walmart. The concern of the residents of that area was that traffic would increase in that area with a  new Wal-Mart and it would make the area less quiet. Tasia and I went out to the area and met up with one of the supporters of a Facebook group called “Say No to Walmart on Blackmon Rd” and we were able to interview her for the 5:00 news show and get her opinion of the new Wal-Mart.

One we got our interview with her, Tasia and I got some b-roll footage of the area and oncoming traffic to include in the story. Once we got our b-roll, we drove around the area to find other residents in the area to interview for our story. We found another subject in a nearby subdivision that was willing to speak in front of the camera and give her opinion on how she felt about the new Wal-Mart. Once done with that particular interview, Tasia and I set-up for our standup in front of the camera. After a couple takes I finally got my take right and we went back to the station where we begin editing our package. As usual, it was a great experience working soo close to the reporters and learning more about their craft and what it takes to make a successful news package.

Editing my standup from earlier

Editing my standup from earlier

The beginning of the editing  process

The beginning of the editing process

Learning from Mistakes – Moe’s Original BBQ – Elizabeth Strickland

This past Saturday, we had our second band playing live music on the deck. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. The days are still fluctuating, one day will be really busy, and the next day is not. Saturdays however, have been extremely busy and steady. Besides announcing the event through Facebook, posting it on the marque, and telling everyone that would sit long enough, I didn’t know how else to promote the event. I was crossing my fingers and counting on our Saturday crowd to show up and support the band. The band showed up, but a crowd did not. I instantly felt responsible for the lack of attendees. I knew I hadn’t done enough promoting and marketing to get the outcome we had hoped for. From the beginning I knew the purpose of an internship was to learn and grow, but I didn’t realize their would be so much trial and error along the way.

Rolling In The Hay from Birmingham, Al!

Rolling In The Hay from Birmingham, Al!

Since realizing I could and should have done more to promote the event, I now know what I will do in the future to get such events noticed by the public. The first being, contact the local radio station, whom we have good relations with already, to promote the event which both locals and tourists will hear. Secondly, make the chamber aware of our events so they can let both tourists and locals know where the fun and good food is at! I have defiantly noticed the power of word-of-mouth throughout our community.

A lot of Moe's leave chalk out so guest can write sweet messages such as this one for all to see!

A lot of Moe’s leave chalk out so guest can write sweet messages such as this one for all to see!

Getting my bearings will come sooner than later and I know I will not make the same mistakes twice!

Moe's is known for their delicious daily side specials!

Moe’s is known for their delicious daily side specials!