Another Incredible Week on The Hampton Roads Show!

July 21st, 2014 at 10:38 pm by under Interns

Wow! It is so hard to believe that I am on the home stretch of this internship! I have been having so much fun getting to know everyone at WAVY and working on The Hampton Roads Show. I have a little more than three weeks left and cannot wait to see how they go!

This past week was an absolute blast! On Monday’s show, Ms. Deidre Hall from the NBC soap Days of Our Lives, talked about her new book and her show.


She was gracious with the audience, guests, and the crew and gave us all the opportunity to take a picture with her. On Tuesday’s show, I got to meet local author Joy Hook and let me tell you, she is one of the nicest guests we have had on the show so far. She came to the show to promote her new children’s’ book, “Erin’s Magic Tree (Circus) Adventure”. Her interview with The Hampton Roads Show was her first on any televised program, so she was quite nervous.  She was also very polite and gracious with everyone, even when I kept having trouble with her mic. I would keep an eye out for her because she is going to do great things in the future. As always, we had amazing chefs who cooked us great meals and a wonderful dog for Thursday’s Pet Pal!

During last Thursday’s show, the show aired the second edition of our Historic Homes series that Elise McGlothian, Megan Vazquez, and I have been working on. This edition focused on the Herbert House in Hampton, the oldest house on the Virginia Peninsula. Putting together the package took a lot of hard work and effort from all of the interns. We had to go to the house to shoot the footage and spent several days editing the package. Needless to say, it was all time consuming and tedious. However, by the end of the process, we were satisfied with our finished product. Unfortunately, the package was preempted by breaking news so many of our viewers missed the package. However, you can still check out the package on Special shout out to photographer Pat Dowd who worked tirelessly with us and was patient with all of our questions!

We at WAVY have also been busy working with the Top 5 for the Face of Fox competition. Now you may wonder what the interns would have to do with such a project. Well, we have to help discern which clips from the Face of Fox promotional events go into the final Face of Fox package. We also helped take inventory of the Face of Fox set that will be used during the Face of Fox reveal on Tuesday August 5th!

Last week was such an incredible week and I was so excited to be back on the Hampton Roads Show after working a week with news! As for now, I am heading on vacation to Michigan for a week to visit family. I will be back at WAVY next week to finish my internship with The Hampton Roads Show!

Checking Things Off!

July 20th, 2014 at 9:56 pm by under Interns

Less than a month until my internship is over! At the start of my internship, my supervisor Stephanie Cooke gave us an internship checklist. I’m proud that most items are checked off. However, I still have a few things to learn until the list is complete. The following are things I hope to do before my last day:

In the Hampton Roads Show Department:

  1. Copy writing

Sales Department:

  1. Cold Calling
  2. Research
  3. Market Analysis
  4. Advertising Proposals

Production Department:

  1. Shadow camera operator
  2. Shadow Director

There are still a few things on my own personal checklist I hope to accomplish.

  1. Work during the evening/night shift
  2. Practice shooting (with a camera)
  3. Practice writing news stories

I’ll admit I’m being ignorant of the limitations of my internship, but it never hurts to ask if I can do more. After all, the first piece of advice I received when I started my internship was:  “Be a sponge – soak up all the knowledge you can!”

Overheard at WAVY – “She deserves the hammer”

Crazy days in the newsroom

July 18th, 2014 at 4:17 pm by under Interns

These past two weeks have been so busy that I forgot to post a blog! Last week, I floor-directed The Hampton Roads Show for the first half of each day and worked with producers again the second half. The HR Show and newsroom are completely different in how they operate, and I think having been able to see that shift will help in deciding what I want to do. Spending so much time with the producers has also helped me decide that I definitely want to have some part in writing when I graduate college.

The highlight of working on The HR Show had to be meeting Kevin Nealon from SNL and having my picture taken with him. He really is a funny guy!

This week I have been working with multiple sections of the newsroom including the anchors, webdesk and producers. Although the anchors have a lot of work, it isn’t anything I can really help with, so my time with them was a bit boring. My time spent with the webdesk and producers was more helpful to my skill-set because both keep me practicing and sharpening my writing skills in two slightly different styles.

One of the highlights of my week was working nightside and having the opportunity to booth the 10 p.m. show last night. That means I gave time cues to everyone on set while following along on iNews. It’s just another skill I can add to my portfolio.

I only have one more week here at WAVY, and I’ll be sad to see it end. I have really enjoyed my time here, and I’ve learned more than I could have imagined.

Oh Cite!

July 15th, 2014 at 7:04 pm by under Interns

Earlier I mentioned that The Hampton Roads Show added a new Summer Housing series. As a refresher, each month the show will feature a historical home located in the Hampton Roads area. Last month we featured Portsmouth’s Hill House, and we are currently working on July’s house, which displays the Herbert House in Hampton, VA. Since it airs on Thursday, the package is in the final editing stage.

Due to a fault in the piping system, we weren’t allowed to go inside the Herbert house. Thus, we had to supplement the package with graphics, photographs and drawings we gathered from the Hampton History Museum and good ‘ole faithful, otherwise known as, the Internet.

But when we showed our final package to our Producer Stephanie Cooke, she said every photo needed a “courtesy” attached to it. Citing is a normal aspect whenever someone else’s work is borrowed; thus, I honestly didn’t believe that there would be not be any form of citations, I just wasn’t thinking about how tedious of a process it would be to search for the location of images…especially since the original file names were changed.

Finding the locations of the images proved to be an arduous task. Jacob, Pat, and I were racking our brains trying to remember the search terms we used to find the exact image we used in our package. I was figuratively kicking myself for not writing down their location in the first place. All I could think about was the time it I waited until after I wrote a research paper (on antibiotics for my English 105 course) to add the citations. Both instances were not a very good idea in hindsight.

So what did I learn from this process?

  1. WHENEVER you use someone else’s work, write down where it came from
  2. ALWAYS give “Courtesy’s” to anything you did not record, tape or shoot yourself.
  3. TEAMWORK is an important aspect in order to get anything done, especially a package like this. Shout outs to my internship partner Jacob Clore for getting things done.

Overheard at WAVY (from an adorable little girl)– “Does everybody work here? Even the lady in the dress?”

Back on set!

July 14th, 2014 at 9:05 pm by under Interns

After my week long hiatus from the show, I was ready to get back into the routine of The Hampton Roads Show. But alas, it’s true what they say: the world really does keep spinning.

While the location, faces, and routine of the show may have been familiar, the studio itself was not. Thanks to our friends at Ashley Furniture HomeStore, the set got a makeover! Personally, the set makes me feel like were about to take embark on a world travel expedition…. in the 1950s.

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The new set included a new couch, two new chairs, and accents used as decor for the chat section of the set.


I’ll admit, I’ve never been one to accept immediate change, so coming back to a set that was not “set-up” (haha, get it?) the way I remembered left me feeling misplaced. I missed the old furniture (also by Ashley’s Home Furniture), but a “new outfit” for the set may be just the summertime change the show needed.

Also, I must acknowledge my moment of starstruck when Deidre Hall walked on to today’s set! The Days of Our Lives star has been playing the role of Dr. Marlena Evans on the NBC daytime drama for over 30 years and is basically a soap opera legend. She was extremely gracious in letting everyone take an individual picture with her, and she even made a video recording for Co-producer Susan Deshazo’s sister!

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Diedra Hall (aka Dr. Marlena Evans on Days of Our Lives) and I


Overheard at WAVY – “This conversation is making me turn red”

A Week with News!

July 12th, 2014 at 10:38 pm by under Interns

This week at WAVY TV 10 was quite different from any week that I’ve had before. Why you may ask? Well this week, I took a break from the Hampton Roads Show and worked with the WAVY News Department. While I missed the HR show and everyone there, I loved meeting everyone in news and hearing their words of advice and encouragement.

Throughout the week, I shadowed reporters out in the field, worked with producers, and worked on another package for the Empty Mansions series on the HR show.

For three days of the week, I shadowed reporters Anita Blanton and Stephanie Harris. Anita had plenty of advice to offer me for the future in front of me. She shared some rather humorous stories concerning her early days as a reporter and offered me words of encouragement. Her words definitely inspired me and have influenced my plans for the future. I also had the chance to shadow Stephanie Harris while she visited the HER shelter. I had the chance to watch her interview a volunteer and resident at the shelter, which was rather cool. She is very professional and a talented reporter. I had such a great time watching her put together the whole story.

This week, I also went with Aubrey, Stephanie Cooke, and another intern, Megan, to the Herbert House in Hampton for the HR show’s segment Empty Mansions. I watched Aubrey interview Michael Cobb of the Hampton History Museum and gathered information for the package. I then spent the latter half of the week putting together the package with Megan. The package will air this July 17th and I can’t wait to see the finished product on the show!

Finally, I shadowed producers on Friday and even wrote a story for the 5 o’clock news. While the story was far from perfect, I am happy I got the opportunity to write the story and see the kind of work producers do. All of the producers are fun to work with and have great senses of humor!

As an aspiring reporter, I enjoyed getting to work with everyone in news. While I appreciated the experience, I cannot wait to get back to the HR show and see what the next week holds! I also can’t wait to eat some chef food! ;)

It’s All Fun and Games

July 4th, 2014 at 11:41 pm by under Interns

This past week was Fun and Games Week brought to you by Ocean Breeze Waterpark! But in all seriousness, we had a a lot of laughs on the show during the week. We started Monday off with Aubrey Aquino and her comedic co-host Alex Scott bobbing for banana’s….believe me, the slurping noise from the contest sounded wayyy stranger than that last sentence. My favorite day was on Wednesday, when Aubrey and Chris built a fort out of pizza boxes (guess who folded 100 pizza boxes Tuesday afternoon :) ?!)

After the show, Jacob and I got to build our own pizza fort!


This week was also a big one for me! I was in front of the camera twice! One for the food portion of the show, and I was also featured eating a donut from an Eat the Streets Food Truck (who said this job didn’t have perks?). My 15 seconds of fame can be found in this clip….


I spent a lot more time in the control room during the show this week! While floor directing always has a lot to offer, being in the control room really shows me everything that’s going on. And anyone that knows me, can attest: I like to be in everyone’s business! Also, I got to run prompter for a promo shoot (it’s the little victories that make me proud).

Overheard at WAVY – “You really have to pay attention…sometimes they go off the grid”

New Summer Edition to the Show!

July 4th, 2014 at 11:15 pm by under Interns

Time certainly has been passing by very quickly! I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I began my internship at WAVY-TV 10 – I still have so much to learn before summer ends! One aspect of the show I am excited to be apart of is The Historical Homes Series, which is a new monthly summer segment on the show. The segment is based on a true story about the a house that could have been considered abandoned by it’s owner, but it was kept in pristine condition – even though no one lived there. The book is called Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman.

Empty Mansions

Stephanie Cooke, The Hampton Roads Show Producer, has decided to let this be an intern driven project. And our first Historical Home was featured on the show last week! You can check out the segment on Portsmouth Hill House here.

Inside Hill House

I learned a lot about researching, booking, filming, and putting together a package for a show. The editing program, AVID, is a bit different from Final Cut Pro, the editing program my university uses, but having the hands on experience with AVID is invaluable. When researching the Hill House, I noticed that it was really important to approach the subject with some knowledge and/or background information. Stephanie made sure Jacob and I knew about the Hill House, knew where to find information about it, and how to continue researching interesting aspects about the home. For those of you who were able to watch the segment, I hope what you find most interesting about the house is that it was left in its original condition– down to the clothes hanging in their closets. Imagine if you left your home, never returned, and someone made a museum out of it 50 years later!

I’m not going to sugar coat anything – editing this package was extremely difficult. I had to get over the learning curve of how to use AVID, and I had to try to remember what our photojournalist, Pat, took b-roll of in order to piece together what our speaker was saying about the home. Luckily, I didn’t have to do this all by myself. My fellow intern, Jacob, was right beside me and endured the same struggles. At the end of the day, Pat was right behind us in the editing bay. I have to give a shout-out to his patience with us!

I was extremely proud of the final result, and I was so glad to have played a integral part in its implementation. Right now, we are working on July’s house. We are still in the research stage of the process, but so far the Herbert House in Hampton, VA is a top pick!

Overheard at WAVY – “I thought he was saying ‘She would scold’ the children, not ‘schooled’”

Producing through the storm

July 4th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by under Interns

I spent my week at WAVY with the producers. I worked mostly with Bob Bennett, who helped me tremendously with my TV writing. The first few days of my week were spent learning what producers do and how to read and write rundowns for news shows. I also practiced writing several stories for TV, adjusting my writing style accordingly from newspaper to broadcast. The style is so much more conversational and more fun to write. I find myself over thinking things frequently when writing, but I am working to correct that.

During the first half of my week, I also had a chance to floor direct the pre-taped 4th of July episode of The Hampton Roads Show. It was truly a trial by fire to prepare me for my week with the show starting Monday. Look out for me during our SNL bump shots! I may be somewhere on screen. I also sat in on the show Thursday to be sure I would be ready for next week, and I got to meet Bria Kelly from “The Voice.” She really is a talented musician. I have my own passion for music, so it was amazing to see her living her passion for music.

Tom Shaad monster tease

The latter half of my week was spent helping the producers make it through the hurricane. I went back to doing things for the assignment desk and webdesk to help get updates as much and as quickly as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to really help and get information to people. I worked mainly from social media sites, as they are updated in real time. I even had a spot Thursday on the air working in the newsroom during Tom Shaad’s monster tease!

One of my main interests in broadcast is in writing, and this week has helped me decide that producing is definitely a perspective career choice for me. I love writing, and TV writing is definitely up my alley.

Working with the Famous and Shadowing a Reporter

July 4th, 2014 at 1:59 pm by under Interns

This week at WAVY and on The Hampton Roads Show, I met some famous locals went out in the field with reporter Erin Kelly. Since this week was so much fun, the last five days or so have gone by so fast!

Last Friday, Mike and Woo from 94.9 The Point co-hosted the HR show with Aubrey while Chris was out of town. They were the perfect fit for the show and had such great enthusiasm. Since they had a lot of experiencing hosting a morning radio show, the show went really well! They even brought doughnuts from a local doughnut shop for the talent and crew; they tasted absolutely amazing by the way.

After the show on Tuesday, Elise and I bumped into one of the photographers, Larry, who said he was going on a shoot with Erin Kelly. Elise and I jumped at the opportunity to go out in the field with a reporter and before we knew it, we were heading to Hampton to report on a story. Erin had previously reported on a business that had disappeared after students paid for a class that the business would have offered. Erin needed to interview people who came forward after her story ran, saying they were defrauded by this business as well. I never realized how much research went into a story. On our commute to Hampton, Erin was on the phone non-stop, attempting to set up potential interviews. Eventually, she had to interview three different subjects to tell viewers the whole story. Erin was very pleasant to work with and definitely helped us learn a lot about the reporting process.

On Thursday’s show, we had two local celebrities join us on the show. Chef Bob “Bacon Bob” Hirasawa and local musician Bria Kelly from “The Voice” joined us for some great food and music. Bob made us a great Fourth of July themed meal; complete with steak topped with bacon, corn on the cob, bread, and desserts. Although we had a few mishaps with the grill, his cooking segment went very well. Bria Kelly also stopped by to talk to Aubrey and Chris about her career post-Voice and even offered us a great performance of an original song, “Carry You Home”. Bria has a lot of great energy and zeal for music; she will do great things.

Working on the show this past week was so much fun. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the guests we worked with!