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