I’ve enjoyed my internship and I’ve learned many duties of a production assistant. I’ve enhanced my editing skills and I’ve learned how tonier new software. I was shown how to perform camera operations for news broadcasts as well as how to use an audio board. New software I learned how to use includes Premier and After Effects. My internship was fairly short, being that it was only for the summer semester. However, I still feel as if I learned a great deal. I gained much insight into how broadcast news works and how fast paced it is. I look forward to using the skills I’ve learned to pursue a career in broadcast news.
I’ve continued to edit television promos, film the evening/nightly news, and the sports show. I edited more radio promos this past week. The radio promos are edited using Premier. I’m not too familiar with the Premier software, so I consider this a new experience. I’ve only used Premier once, and I was assisted at the time. I’ve pretty much performed the duties of a production assistant, with the exception of a few tasks such as working the audio sound board. Being that I’m entering the last week of my internship, I hope to learn more about audio!
The previous week of my internship at WLTZ continued to focus on my editing and filming skills. I continued to edit television promos, and I was shown how to edit radio promos. WLTZ sends radio promos to Clear Channel Radio, I was shown how to use Premier, which is the editing software used for the radio promos.
I also worked more on editing graphics, which is done in Final Cut Graphics are what you see as an anchor is telling a story. Ex. A package may be about a person that’s wanted by the police. As the anchor gives the description of the suspect, a picture and description of the suspect may appear on the screen.
I’m getting much practice in editing and filming. Hopefully, this week, I will be introduced to new software and skills.
This past week at WLTZ was all about filming for the evening and nightly news. When I get to the station in the afternoons, I still edit the television promos for both First News at 6pm and also for the Alabama station. In addition, I performed camera operations for the evening and nightly news. This week marked the first week operating the cameras without assistance. The 6pm news is live and the 11pm (nightly news) is filmed earlier. One thing about the nightly news is if someone messes up (including me), we can record again. The evening news is live, and therefore, I was nervous and afraid I would do something incorrectly. I managed to film both broadcasts successfully.
This past week, I learned first-hand just how fast paced a broadcast news environment is. Individuals that work in television production have to pay close attention to detail. While operating the camera, I was given instructions on what to do from the operations manager via headset. I could also hear other through the headset, such as audio/sound operators and other people that assist the operations manager. With so much interaction, I now know that paying close attention to instructions is a must in news production.