Interns

Intern Chronicles: Tuesday Takes

September 30th, 2014 at 5:55 pm by under Interns

Greetings!

If you haven’t met me by now, my name is Mitchell Brown, Mitch, the intern, whatever you prefer. I’m elated to be here and it feels like the first day every time I get here! With that being said, I love to write, especially about sports. But I thought it would be great to give an introductory post to my journey.

I’ve been here for roughly a month, but the experiences I’ve gotten so far will surely last a lifetime. The whole station’s mantra is work hard, but have fun while doing it. Just take a walk around and you can wind up having a full-fledged conversation with someone you just shook hands with.

The sports guys are amazing. I’ve already learned the difference between being good and great. Nate, Brian, Bruce, and Chris all go above and beyond to bring quality reporting and content to your television and computer screens, EVERYDAY. There’s not a day you would come in to this station and see them taking it easy. They believe in perfection and that’s the kind of attitude you want to be around. Their attention to detail is starting to rub off on me and when I make the smallest of mistakes, I’m making sure it doesn’t happen again. Even when I make a mistake, they’re not bashing me, they’re showing me the right thing to do so that I don’t go somewhere else and make the same mistake in the future. It’s the small things like that that are going to make me a better intern. Each week I set goals and since I’ve been here, I’ve progressed each time.

I can sit in the sports cave for hours and not be bored at all. Granted I’m still learning and figuring out how this works (which is frustrating at times) and how to make it work for me, I know this is where I belong. The first time I realized this is FOR SURE what I want to pursue as a career is when I went out to the Western Branch and Oscar Smith game and the atmosphere put a smile on my face that these words can’t even describe. A lot of people want to cover pro sports, which is perfectly fine because I do to. My point is that I’m just gracious to be here and being able to see the passion that I have for sports be shared by everybody I encounter at these games or stories in Hampton Roads is me fulfilling a dream.

I like to tell stories, and I like to get creative, so my blog will take some different directions (nothing crazy, don’t worry) but I just like to give good content, and I hope that my journey will display the beauty of chasing a dream. Thanks to everyone and I look forward to growing some great relationships!

To everyone in the newsroom: Let me know if you need any assistance, I’m in Sports, but why not learn as much as I can?

 

 

 

 

 

 


Final Thoughts

August 8th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by under Interns

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!


The Beginning of the End

August 5th, 2014 at 6:51 pm by under Interns

The past few days at The Hampton Roads Show have were absolutely incredible. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my last week interning at WAVY! Hopefully the next two days are just as incredible!

On Monday, we had an incredible show due to the great energy in the studio! We welcomed Duck Donuts into the studio to begin the show’s Outer Banks Week! The donut shop originated in North Carolina and has spread to Virginia Beach and Williamsburg as well. The whole Duck Donuts crew basically made the kitchen into a Duck Donuts store; complete with t-shirts, warm frosting, toppings, and fresh donuts. As part of their cooking segment, they gave Aubrey and Chris the opportunity to make their own donuts! They also showed off some of their own signature creations, such as the maple bacon and the orange creamsicle donuts. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Duck Donuts crew because they were camera ready and full of positive energy! They also brought a whole bunch of donuts for us to eat after the show; I personally had the maple bacon and orange creamsicle, which were amazing! As you can see, it did not take long for the HR show crew to devour these incredible treats!

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Today, both Elise and I stayed after the HR show taping to help out with the Face of Fox 43 reveal show. For the past few weeks, the interns helped select clips from the top 5’s promotional events to put into the promos for the show. We also helped set off the confetti when the Face of Fox 2014 was announced! I thoroughly enjoyed watching the whole show and mingling with guests and the talent at the reception afterwards. Be sure to tune in to Fox 43 at 8 tonight to see who will be the next Face of Fox 43!

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All in all, I could not have asked for a better start to my last week here at WAVY!


A Lesson in Flexibility

July 30th, 2014 at 8:46 am by under Interns

I’ve mentioned in several past posts that Stephanie Cooke is the Producer of the Hampton Roads Show. Last week, Stephanie gave a lesson in flexibility that stretched past a lecture and entered the realm of the tangible.

As producer, Stephanie can usually be found on the set of the show during the live taping. This week was no different. Yet, rather floor directing or taking care of usual business, Stephanie operated the handheld camera one day and hosted the show another! In the same week, Stephanie also offered to help with one of the control room operations.

Seeing Stephanie wear her many hats reminded me why learning about every aspect of television is important. If Stephanie did not know how to operate a camera or how to host, the show would have been like wearing slippers with a full length gown: dressed to perfection, but missing a major piece. And just so you know, no notice was given prior to Stephanie stepping in – she performed these other tasks at 15 minutes notice.

Check her out in the photo below:
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Overheard at WAVY – “You’ll get farther being flexible, than you will being inflexible”

 

 


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!

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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….

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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”