Wow! Where to begin?! It is Day 7 of my internship and I am beyond words of excitement! I must confess that I was really nervous on the countdown toward the first day. I mean, who wouldn’t be?! This is WAVY/FOX 43! The experience is amazing and has been a thought-provoking acquaintance to different realms within the news field. First off– there’s the assignment desk. There is only one word to describe this area– HECTIC! It is almost like being at a Best Buys store where there are various audios playing. There’s the police scanner, NBC TV channels playing, consistent ring of the phone, producers in and out, communication between reporters, the list goes on and on. However, this adjective of hectic evolves into something more appealing– excitement, and then inspiration. The staff within the assignment desk are truly skilled within their art of ideas and researching the who, what, where, when, and even why the Hampton Roads area would care about it. Jeff Becker could probably do this stuff with his eyes shut! And I am completely serious when I say this! However, even with the mass disturbia from the assignment desk, there are many laugh-out-loud moments in the mix as well, especially from the incoming calls of those who are either asking to speak with a meteorologist to get a personal forecast of the weather or even debating WAVY’s promotion of W82TXT. Yes, this is all VERY true to say the least!
Jamie Bastas is another amazing person I’ve met here at WAVY/FOX 43. She showed me behind the ropes and made me feel very comfortable in the BIG shoes the news department puts on every day and every hour of the week! It is mind-blowing how much stuff takes place within the news room! So many different projects and task, yet every one is on the same pace– FAST pace! The meetings with the producers, photographers, reporters, and yes the summer interns, who act as the flies in the room made me realize something about the WAVY/FOX 43 staff. There is such diversity in personalities and ideas that the average Joe’s and Jane’s would probably claw each other to death. However, WAVY/FOX 43 staff is well-able to disagree, yet compromise and move on to the next order of business. Amazing or what?! This definitely made me see the “brand” of WAVY/FOX 43 as a family working together.
Cheryl, the meteorologist for weekday mornings, was such a big help to me too! She is so kind and sweet! She gave me a lot of insight within the perspective of an anchor. She even gave me a few tips, but I’m keeping those secrets for myself
Also, working with Katie and LV who are the reporter and photographer for morning news are by the far the most amazing people I’ve ever met. They definitely are the epiphany of what a reporter and photographer team are suppose to be. I have witnessed this dream team work beautifully together! Today, I went out to shoot a story with them (Norfolk testing their floodgate walls). The satellite truck is pretty awesome! I should have brought my camera! It’s basically a mini studio. I even interviewed one of the managers at the testing sites of the floodgates! So if you watched the evening news, I witnessed all of those shots AND it was me who did the interview with one of the construction guys (Ray Sneedecor)! Then back in the studio, LV showed me how to edit using the AVID system– pretty awesome stuff!
I can honestly say that I have received nothing but kindness from the news department. Everyday is filled with an adventure and I’m ready for tomorrow’s journey already!
Oh and did I mention that there is ALWAYS something pretty good to eat in the news department- cake, pie, cookies… and did I say cake already? Yes, the pros of the news department!!!