The first month of my internship has come to an end. I can definitely say that I learned a lot.
The first two weeks I worked in the production department. As you watch the 5p.m news cast you probably fail to realize how many people and how much work is put into that 90 minute block to make sure that you see a “good show.” As an intern in the production department I definitely was reminded of that.
On my first day I worked with Chris. He showed me how the graphics are handled in DEKO. Chris was definitely a character and kept me laughing the whole time.
My second day I shadowed the technical director, Justin. I was definitely intimidated by… the switchboard. There were so many buttons, and at first glance I was so confused. After Justin explained to me what was going on and I watched him work his magic, I realized a lot of the buttons did the same thing.
The next day I worked with Shannon on cameras. This was my first time seeing robotic cameras. I was amazed at how smoothly they worked and how advanced technology has become. One thing I also liked about running the cameras was being able to be on set during the news cast. This gave me a chance to see the anchors while they did their job, which is my goal to eventually do. Shannon was very helpful and a great teacher as well.
On the 4th day I worked with Meredith who taught me how to run the propter. Running the propter is a pretty simple task but so nerve wrecking, at least to me. If you run the propter to fast or to slow… or not at all you can mess up the anchor who is LIVE on television. That’s a lot of pressure to me, Meredith gave me the chance to run the propter myself and even though I was super nervous, I wasn’t too shabby
Finally, I got the chance to work with Matt on audio. Matt was a joy to work with. You can tell by working with him how passionate he is about his job, and how much he loves bringing the sound to the News cast.
The second week of my internship I got to work in all the sections of production once again, but this week I got to be a little more hands on. All in all, I loved interning in the production department and I am glad I got to meet so many helpful people.
For the next rotation I got to work with the Hampton roads show, this was a blast! I got a chance to work in the booth with the director, where I timed the show. After the show I got to write some of the script, I really loved this. The best part about script writing was hearing the host read the lines that you wrote, the next day. This felt amazing. I also got the chance to floor direct. I had to tell the host where they were supposed to be, how much time they had, and I also had to mike up our guest. I really liked floor directing because it made me feel like I ran the show J
I really loved working with the Hampton Roads show. I got a chance to get to know Mrs. Cooke more and another intern, Latifah. Me and Latifah worked the Hampton roads show together and definitely began to form a bond. We even got to go to Busch Gardens & Water Country USA with Traci(The Face of Fox 43) & Ariane for a long day of shooting, fun, and Zaxbys! Now on to rotation 3 in promotions!