This past Tuesday, I was finally able to tour the wonderful facilities at WTVM. For those of you not familiar with WTVM, it is our local news station in Columbus, GA and is an affiliate with Raycom Media. Most of their equipment is brand new. The set looked amazing! I was always under the impression that the background of the set was digitally projected; however, it’s not. It’s all really there! We were told about their plans to revamp the lighting in the studio as well.While there, we were able to observe an entire news show. It was really interesting to watch. I had always pictured at least 10 or more people in the background telling the anchors what to do and running the show. I had thought it would be a hectic environment, trying to scramble around and get everything prepared. This news cast consisted of 5 people, including the on-air talent. The atmosphere was calm with only the sound of the cameramen saying commands such as “stand by” and counting down. There were 3 people on cameras, no producers or directors in the room and 2 people who had on-air positions. One person was solely designated as anchor, and the other was the meteorologist. While the anchor was talking, the meteorologist was preparing her segment and did everything for it by herself with no help from anyone. At one point, the meteorologist finished up her segment on the green screen and was walking to the other set while conversing with the anchor live. Meanwhile, the picture that was being shown to viewers was of the weekly weather update. I never would have thought that would be proper news etiquette; however, they made it work. Overall, all of my preconceived ideas were wrong, but I was pleasantly surprised.
I was also introduced to one of the reporters I will be working with and was told that I would have the opportunity to shadow them and go everywhere they go. I just hope they don’t get too annoyed by me. Also, by the end of the internship, I will have a demo tape and a portfolio to show to future employers. This experience will definitely be a rewarding one, and I am so excited to see the amazing opportunities that await!
P.S. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a picture of the actual tour, I was so excited to be there that I forgot to take any. I will try to remember tomorrow as I begin my first day there as an actual intern!