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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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! ūüôā

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! ūüėÄ

Come Join Us at the Media Roundtable on Tuesday evening!

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You may have seen these floating around campus promoting the event.

Today was pretty eventful for me at the station! I started out my day at the 9:45 news meeting that we normally have every morning. Next, I shadowed one of the producers for the 12:00 news show. Even though I had shadowed producers before for news segments, it’s always an exciting experience for me to see how different producers bring their own unique personality to the show. After the 12:00 show was over, Janell, the assistant news director allowed me the opportunity to write a VSOT for the 6:00 show about how Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr donated $10,000 to the local African American Museum in Columbus and donated $15,000 to the House of Mercy homeless shelter. It was my first time creating a VSOT so I was a little lost at first but luckily, I had ¬†people around me willing to help me create a great VOSOT. After I was done creating my VSOT, Janell partnered with me about the Media ¬†Roundtable meeting that she was organizing for Tuesday night at 7:30 in the Schuster building. The purpose of the meeting was to bring awareness to the recent occurrences of police brutality in the media and also shed light on domestic violence. Janell had me make a few copies to create a packet to pass out at the event and she had me create a few nameplates from the guest panelists that would be at the event. I will update later with more info on how the event turns out.

Behind the Scenes

Columbus Regional Health

Columbus Regional Health

      This week, as usual, has been busy and full of more exciting media activity. Coming into the office has become one of my favorite parts of the day. I love filling in my planner on Monday mornings with all of the week’s activities. And I’m finding that I love the staff more and more, and I am enjoying the work that we are doing.

     This week I got tophoto 1 experience an interview for the Ledger Enquirer. This process is a little different because there is no audio or visual recording-the reporter just has a conversation with their interviewee and writes down the information that they want to use. There was a cameraman, but he was just snapping shots of Mike Smajde, the interviewee and Director of Columbus Hospice, and the renovated rooms in the new Columbus Hospice wing of the hospital. Columbus Regional Health is partnering up with Columbus Hospice to open up a wing right in the hospital! It is a great new addition to the hospital, and will open new doors. This wing will open its doors officially next week.

     In addition to the interest in Columbus Regional Health from the paper side of news, WTVM approached us, asking to do a few scenes for some new commercials about health. Of coursphoto 4e we jumped at the opportunity to promote Columbus Regional Health and good health habits.

     We coordinated to have specialized nurses available for the filming, and it was great to see such an experienced reporter on the job. Barbra Gauthier came in and lit up the room with her presence. It will be pretty exciting to see the final result in commercials on TV, and knowphoto 3 that I was a part of the behind the scenes.

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

First Week with WTVM

My first week with WTVM was interesting. I spent most of my first week getting to know a lot of the workers at the station and learning about the different types of software that they use at the station. One program that noticed that practically everyone uses at the station is called ENPS and I also noticed that the editing software that the editors used was called Edius. When I arrive at 9:30 am to the station, I browsed the internet for major news stories to discuss at the 9:45 am news meeting. After the news meeting, I partnered with different employees in different departments such as directors, editors, producers, assignment editors, etc and gain valuable insight on what each position entailed and the do’s and don’ts. Just from my initial experience in the production control room, I can tell that that’s probably going to be the most challenging department for me to learn but I’m ready!

CORY VEAL- YOUTH OF THE YEAR PREPARATION CONTINUES

Youth of the Year is approaching and as we get closer to the date of the event, the more work there is to do. ¬†I have spent the last ¬†few days assisting the competitors for the ¬†judging session that will take place on February 11, 2014. In doing so, we were able to take the four finalists to Kohl’s Department store for a styling session. Each finalist was able to pick one outfit for the judging session and one for the event in March. ¬†Later we interviewed the kids for a segment that will air on WTVM and at the event itself. The footage from the interview will be aired during the event to allow the audience to gain more knowledge on each contestant. On Monday afternoon I also sent out our first new release regarding the event. Since then we have received positive feedback from our community supporters and media contacts. In addition, I have continued to update our Facebook page by posting current events that are taking place at our five clubs in the Columbus region.

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It is also a pleasure to look back on my blogs from last Spring and see the major strides BGCCV has made.  From the update of our Website, Facebook page and the direction of Youth of the Year, its really great to know that I have been apart of this great transition period.