It is hard to believe that my experience with WAVY has ended. I anticipated having an internship ever since the end of last summer! I remember vividly sending out my cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation so I could have a chance to work at WAVY. I waited anxiously until May and got the word that I would be an intern on The Hampton Roads Show during the summer. I was excited, but also nervous for what the summer would hold. Would the employees at WAVY be welcoming to a wide-eyed and aspiring journalist? Would my nerves get the best of me? Would I be able to properly enter the gated parking lot? As you can tell, I was quite worried.
However, I learned rather quickly that all of my worries were misplaced. I got to know all of the incredible talent, producers, and crew of the Hampton Roads Show. Aubrey Aquino, the newest member of The HR Show crew, was a natural fit for the show. She is energetic, joyful, and a lot of fun to work with. She is also a pleasant, sweet, and nurturing person as well. Chris Reckling is quite a lot like myself. He is goofy, positive, and has a unique sense of humor. He is also a Virginia Tech alum, Let’s Go Hokies! Behind the scenes, producer Susan DeShazo, executive producer Stephanie Cooke, and Director Kyle Bloom worked tirelessly to make sure the show went off without a hitch. I appreciated Susan’s great sense of humor and Stephanie’s ability to make anyone laugh. I also enjoyed getting to know all of the technical peeps from the show, including Antonio, Christina, Kiniesha (sorry if I misspelled your name), Craig, and James. Finally, thanks to all of the people in the newsroom who made The HR Show interns feel welcome. And finally thanks to my fellow interns; Chris, Skye, Megan, and my partner in crime, Elise McGlothian. I had a great time working with Elise! She is hard working, kind, caring, and kept me on my feet when the going got tough. Without her, this internship would have been a lot harder. I know all of this thanking sounds like an Academy Award acceptance speech, but my experience at WAVY was particularly great due to all of the great people I met. I really felt like part of the team, not just an intern.
An internship is not any internship without gaining experience that will be valuable towards one’s future career. Throughout the summer, I had the opportunity to learn how The Hampton Roads Show works. I learned how to run the floor, produce in the production booth, and work with our guests to make sure they were prepared to speak on camera. Working with the guests was one of the most important aspects of my job because it forced me out of my comfort zone. I needed to gain confidence in my ability to interact with complete strangers on a daily basis. This summer, I also worked occasionally with the news department. I thoroughly enjoyed going out with reporters on shoots and writing stories for newscasts. As an aspiring reporter, I appreciated the advice the reporters had for me. Finally, I enjoyed learning how to use the editing software to put together the Empty Mansions series. This fall at Virginia Tech, I will be a producer for a show on Virginia Tech Television. I will definitely use the editing experience I gained at WAVY to my advantage at school.
So after two and a half months, my experience at WAVY has come to close. It is an experience I will keep close to my heart twenty years from now working as a prime time anchor, hopefully. Thanks again to all of the people that made this experience so memorable! Jacob Clore, signing off!