Interning at WTVM News Leader 9 has been a rewarding experience. This week I helped out with a story about a girl who was caught with drugs at Applebee’s. In the pictures you will see me getting b-roll of the Applebee’s for the news segment. I also helped to write the script for this story. This was fun because I felt like a detective learning the information about the case. Also, on Wednesday I got a chance to do more writing by helping with teases and it was awesome hearing the anchor read it on the news and laugh at the funny ones. I am continuing to learn more about broadcast journalism and I enjoy meeting and getting to know the people at the station.
The weeks continue to get more interesting at WTVM News Leader 9 as I learn more about each area of the station. This week I had a chance to learn about the anchors and what they do in the station. For the most part, I was with Cheryl Renee, who is an anchor for the noon show. Most of her days is spent reading before it is her time to start the show. It was an awesome experience this week because I was on the set of the live show while. Although the audience only saw Cheryl, I was next to her following the script and the prompter as she read. I also learned about the ISB cable and I got plugged up to one and was able to hear the producers in the room speak through my ear while the show was going on. I was able to get the full on-set experience as I anchored with Cheryl Renee this week.
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.
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.