This past week I split my time between Sales and Promotions. The first half of the day I was in Sales with Christina Close.
On Monday I went to a meeting in which we previewed the new shows being aired in the fall. This meeting allowed the customer to viewer what was new to the station in order to decided where they want their commercials to fall. The rest of the week I spent shadowing Christina, making cold calls, and doing some research for an upcoming meeting. I learned how important the sales department is for television stations.
The second half of the day I spent down in Promotions. While in this department I worked on many projects.
I wrote two press releases. One was for Operation School Supplies and the other was for the Top 5 finalist of the Face of Fox43 Contest. I really enjoyed working on them. I also went out on a shoot for the new promo for weather. This was a lot of fun. I was able to get out of the station and watch how much work goes into making a promo.
The last project I worked on was between both sales and promotions. Christina did some research and created a presentation about the average viewer of both WAVY, WVBT, and WAVY.com. In promotions I took the information and was able to put a face to the average viewer. I created a back-story of the character including a name, occupation, income, and family. This was a lot of fun. I worked on this project with another intern, Ariel Brown. We really got into the project and created stories for every viewer.
Overall this week was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. This entire internship has been amazing and surpassed all my expectations.
The past two weeks I have spent in the News department.
The first week I spent going out with reports. This was a very unique experience witnessing how the whole story comes together. Each report has their own way of gathering information but it all works for them. I learned the most from videographer, LV. He showed me how to use the cameras and how to edit packages. He let me edit part of a few packages as well. I really enjoyed my time working with the reports, but I was most looking forward to working with the producers.
My second week with news I spent mostly working with the producers. My goal is to producer so I was really excited to work with them. During this week I was able to help right teases, vos, and vo/sot. This opportunity has been amazing. I finally was able to see what I would be dealing with if/when I become a producer. I was able to witness first hand the stresses they deal with and all the obstacles.
For my final project I am creating a binder full of scripts that I have written. I already have some from working in News. I will be adding to this list as the last few weeks go by. My goal is to have a wide range of types of scripts to show all that I have learned.
These last two weeks have insured me that I want to stay behind the camera. This has solidified the fact that I want to produce or direct once I graduate.
The past couple of weeks I have been working with both the web department and the production department.
Web has been very educational. I have learned how to post stories to the web page, how to cut clips, and how to create photo mojos. All of these things will help me in the future and I am thankful to have learned about it.
Web was the most interesting when break news would occur. Seeing how fast a story would appear on the website after they have received the information amazed me. Everything happens so quickly to ensure the viewers get as much information as possible.
The most interesting day I had in web was during the storms on June 25th when the internet crashed. It was impossible to post any information on to the website. This made everything extremely stressful. Once the internet started working again it was no time before everything was up for the viewers.
Production is what I really want to do in the future. This department was the one I was most excited to work with. So far I have worked with directors and with audio. I got to see how everything works for live television. So much goes on behind the scenes that no one ever gets to see and that is what I am interested in the most. Working with the production department has just increased my passion for producing/directing.
This is my second and final week interning for The Hampton Roads Show. I switched and started working in the booth during the show. This is where I really want to be, producing and directing shows. I have learned a lot from watching what really happens during a live shooting for a show. These producers and directors have to be able to switch there plans at a drop of a hat when guest do not show up. Being able to be able to observe what these men and women do in the booth has allowed me to better realize this is what I want to do.
Also, this week the Calder Cup made a special appearance on the show. This was a great experience for me since I do have a strong passion for sports.
This entire internship has exceed all my expectations and I cant wait to experience even more. I am sad to leave all the great people from The Hampton Roads Show but I am looking forward to visiting other departments.
This week was my first week at WAVY as an intern. The first department I was able to work with was the Hampton Roads Show. This week I was working on the floor during the show and was able to floor direct. After the show was shot I was lucky enough to be able to follow THRS anchor Ariane Aramburo and the Face of Fox Tracie Paige. On Monday I went to a shoot featuring the Nightingale helicopter from Sentara in Norfolk for the “I am Hampton Roads” segment. Here I was able to meet several of the amazing men and women that are apart of the air rescue department. On Tuesday I went with Tracie Paige to surprise the next Hampton Roads Hero. This was the most rewarding experience of my life. On Wednesday I went with Tracie again to help shoot his next “Tracie Tries It”. That was also a very fun and new experience. Today I was able to go with Ariane to shoot another “I am Hampton Roads”. This one featuring a very lovely lady at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia. Tomorrow I will be in downtown Portsmouth recording The Hampton Roads Show live from OpSail. I am most looking forward to this and being able to experience how live on location shooting is down. So far this entire internship as exceeded all my expectations. This is only the first week and I have done why more than I have ever expected. I am truly grateful for this experience.
Today I had a great day meeting all the new interns and all the wonderful people at WAVY. I am excited to get started on Monday. I know I will learn a lot through this experience and I am ready to absorb it all!!!