HEALTH SCREENING on the job? Bring it on! It should be no problem, but, What if…? I try to stay in shape with my little daily routine- push-ups, stretching, squats- in between sprints to the coffee machine(and bathroom). But I still felt a little STRESSED OUT-because, I do wonder: will the wrong numbers JACK UP my premiums?! THAT could cause a heart attack!! I later found out it won’t.
SO, after the NOON show-basically the end of my 330a-1:30p workday (that’s another post)- I start to get a little “tight.” I begin to OVERTHINK this thing: Flashbacks to EVERY “bad” item I recently ATE (An ALMOND JOY I snatched from my grand daughter’s T-O-T bucket; a slice of cheese PIZZA from Costco (Hey! We do get a MINUTE to get out!!) and the ONE-AND-A HALF-CUPS OF COFFEE……. okay, okay…. AND hot chocolate mix-YUM! (busted). It’s from the *New* instant brewing machine in the green room. The boss had it installed 2 DAYS AGO! Hmmmm: new coffee machine on Monday- health screening on Wednesday… DID THEY CALIBRATE the caffeine content? – those beans were kinda dark? And, WHY WERE TWO OF THE HEALTH SCREENING *TECHNICIANS* IN THE GREEN ROOM, NEAR THE NEW COFFEE MACHINE, *AT *THE *PRECISE *TIME *I WALKED IN??
Okay,okay,okay… breathe in… breathe out… nice and slow. Gotta get the blood pressure down. IX-NAY on cup #2.5. Time to GIT-R-DUN.. do NOT run up the steps- it’ll increase my heart rate. Drink water- YEAH! That’ll dilute the ALMOND JOY. “Poink!” …blood test done. Yes, mine is RED despite my affinity for STAR TREK. Blood pressure? Hold up, wait a minute- IT *WAS HIGHER than usual!! See? What did I say?? CHOLESTEROL: UNDER 180- BAMM!!! And then, she “RED-FLAGS me- for, of all things, my WEIGHT! “What-chu-talkin-bout, Willis?!” A buck- 70 at 5′ 8″ AND-A-HALF. She said I was OVERWEIGHT!!!! SAY WHAT?!? I almost had a HEART ATTACK! …until she came back with the caveat- “That’s okay for a guy- we allow a little extra poundage for muscle.” AW, YEAH! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! “Honey, I’m on my way home! FIRE UP THE GRILL, GET THE CHITTERLINGS READY!”
These past two weeks have been very busy! I have been working all day spending time in news and promotions and it has been so exciting. My time in news continues to teach me new things everyday.
Throughout the past two weeks in news I have been able to shadow very talented reporters. I have followed Anne, Lauren, and Jason on many stories. They are all so amazing at what they do! They help me with shooting standups, read packages that I write, and the photographers help me to edit my stories. I was even able to follow Jason on a breaking news call! It turned out that the scene wasn’t serious but I got an awesome standup out of it!
I also followed Furland, a photographer, for a day. This was really fun because I was able to go with someone who acted as a one man band, which is what I would normally have to do. This day we covered a story about a murder suicide. This was a huge learning experience for me. The police officer let us take a few video shots of the scene and then we went back to another place to interview him. The interview was tough because they really couldn’t tell us a whole lot of information but I learned how to approach those types of situations. After this story we got a call to go help cover another breaking news situation! A truck had turned over and spilled asfault across the interstate, shutting it down! I was even able to shoot a “live shot” at the scene! It was kind of nervracking because I really only had 5 minutes to do the shot so I really had to think on my feet. However, I did it! I was able to get a very unique shot for my reel and I am so excited to use it!
Working nightside has just been so much fun. I have had anough time to write and edit packages for my reel and have had great feedback from reporters to help me improve. I was also able to do a mock news show one night with another intern, Taylor. This was so awesome because it gave us a chance to anchor. The interns also got together to produce and perform a Hampton Roads Show! This was a very fun experience! It was really neat to be on the other side of the set!
Before going to news in the afternoon, I have been spending my mornings in promotions. It really is cool to see our promotions department in action! I came at a perfect time because I was able to help with getting things ready for the Face of Fox43 live show and also help with promotion shoots for the new morning news promotion commercials- They really do so much! I was also able to write a press release for the department, which is something I have never done before!
I can’t even begin to describe how much I have learned through this internship. I can’t believe that it will be over in less than a week. But like all good things, it must come to an end sometime. However, I will make use of every last minute during my last few days at WAVY and take in all the information I can! I know I will learn so much even in my last few days!(:
I was so excited because this week was my first week in the news department! I had definitely been waiting for this all summer. This week has not let me down at all, it has been amazing. I went out with reporters everyday this week and they have taught me so much already. I’m learning how to shoot and use different camera angles, how to present myself better while on cameras, and I am learning a lot to improve my writing skills.
Being able to go out with the reporters has been so much fun and very helpful. They have all been so nice and willing to help me out. In just this week alone, I have already shot standups for four stories. I also put together a package and learned a little bit about editing! I feel like I’m learning something new everyday and I cannot wait to do even more news stories.
It’s crazy to think that the summer is already over half way done but I will continue to gain as much experience as possible while I’m at WAVY. I look forward to trying to improve a little more everyday; I can’t wait for another week in news!
Wow, I can’t believe the summer is already half way over. My time at WAVY has been amazing so far and I cannot believe it is going by so fast! I learned so much this past week! Being sales is definitely a whole different world. I was really worried because I’m not good at math and I thought sales was going to be crazy hard, but I realize it’s not what I though it would be. There is so much that goes into sales and I never truly realized how important it was. I sat in on a few meetings, observed Ashlee make cold calls, and learned the steps to go through when looking for prospective clients. This week was kind of short due to the holidays so I am looking forward to doing even more stuff next week!
This past week was definitely an experience! I got to try some things that I was not sure I would do very well at…. I was in the production department. This department made me the most nervous because I had nearly no idea what I was doing! Not to mention the equipment is crazy expensive so you don’t want to mess up and ruin something. However, even though it did make me nervous, I tried everything. I worked cameras which was fun because they were robotic. It really was just like playing a video game! And after I learned how to read the rundown as a camera operator, it really wasn’t that bad. After camera’s I was able to try out the new chyron system. Now this system confused me a little but I got the hang of it eventually. Then I shadowed the technical director. This is the job that intimidated me the most. There were what seemed to be a thousand buttons in front of you… all that had a specific person. Now I am the kind of person that has tousle playing video games because I can’t remember if my finger is on X or Z…so yeah, it was intimidating. However, it really all makes sense. Everything is put in a specific place and follows an order. While I certainly am no where near an expert, I did leave learning a lot about technical directing and the pressure that comes with the job! I was also lucky enough to press some buttons and make some things happen during the show, which was very exciting! Then my last stop was prompter. The job is easy, scroll the script while the anchor reads. What I never thought about was anchors ad-libbing or stories getting skipped or getting lost in the script. Luckily, none of these things happened to me but they were good scenarios to hear about and for me to know in case I needed to be prepared! I felt very comfortable on prompter and even got to do a few blocks myself.
For only having one week in production I sure did learn a lot. I am definitely leaving with much more knowledge on how everything works and tons of respect for all the people helping the show to go on. It was a lot of fun and I will get to go back soon but until then, I can’t wait to see what I will learn in my next department…..sales!
This last week working with The Hampton Roads Show has been a whirlwind of excitement! For the first few days this week I was in the booth watching how the show was directed and paying attention to what Susan did during the show. Being in the booth is stressful and takes a lot of work… not to mention they had just switched to a new system. It was pretty overwhelming and definitely helped me appreciate everyone in the booth even more.
After working in the booth I got to help Susan with the show for the next day. I helped to write teases, intros, and put in interview questions. I’m learning to become more creative with my writing. All the producers I have met are so good at thinking of creative things on the spot that make stories seem so interesting! I have enjoyed being able to help write for the shows because I know that writing is so important in this industry and I want all the practice I can get.
Once we hit half way through the week I got to floor direct all by myself! Stephanie was out for the morning so there was nobody to help me floor direct if I really messed up. Who would have thought that I would have been so excited though! I was not nearly as nervous as I would have been weeks before. The headset is not nearly as intimidating and I have learned that I actually enjoy floor directing! The show was a pretty easy and relaxed one so it did run smoothly which also made me proud(: Then, after the show I got to help with the Face of Fox top 20 auditions. It was so interesting to see how Stephanie kept everything she does so organized (binders) and how she kept up with all the work! Time management is seriously key. No to mention there were so many exciting personalities in one room!
Then Friday came… my last day on rotation with The Hampton Roads Show. I was able to help floor direct again and the show was interesting. After the show is what was really exciting though! After we finished the show we got to go on a shoot at Ocean Breeze Waterpark! Once again, Ariane keeps saying “it isn’t always this fun” but I still don’t believe her. The shoots went so well and everyone thought of some really creative ideas! I have observed many creative ideas for shooting stories while on these shoots that I really think will help me in making my own stories more creative.
While I am very sad to be leaving The Hampton Roads Show, I am super excited to see what production has in store for me!
For the past week and a half I have been helping floor direct THRS. It is so much fun and very fast paced. I am learning how to be quicker at the job the more I do it! The show has definitely taught me to always be at least three steps ahead and always know what is going on at that exact time. I have become extremely more comfortable with floor directing compared to my first day. I do not feel nearly as intimidated by doing it by myself anymore.
After floor directing THRS today I was able to learn yet another thing or two at WAVY…editing! Now, editing is something that I am pretty familiar with. At school I had to use FinalCut Pro to edit packages, vo’s, sot’s, and even a documentary. However, the editing software was slightly different and the looks of their products was so clean and unique. I sat in and watched Pat do some editing while he explained different things to me and I asked questions and tried to remember it all. His editing skills are phenomenal. He taught me so many tricks to editing that were so helpful. Not only did he talk to me about it all but he also let me try it on my own! Having the hands on experience really helped me to grasp everything we had been talking about. I felt very accomplished after helping start a package and I look forward to learning even more!
The past weekend working with THRS was so much fun! I was able to accompany Ariane on another shoot. We went to different museums all over the area! I got to see how the camera set up shots and watched Pat take different types of video. I also learned a lot just from watching how Ariane interacted with each of the clients and the way she interviewed them. I also enjoyed meeting all the different people and hearing what they had to say! It’s funny because people keep telling me that the job isn’t always that fun but boy I have not encountered anything I haven’t enjoyed, especially on shoots!
After doing that shoot I was able to go with Chris and Craig on their shoot the next day. It’s very interesting to see how their different personalities work with different people. I enjoyed watching Chris do interviews as well and observing how he helped to make the clients comfortable and the questions he asked. I was also able to talk to and meet many people this day as well which is always fun! I enjoyed seeing how the different groups worked with each other!
This same weekend I helped with Harborfest! It was my first time going and it was a very neat experience. Hearing people compliment the station and thanking everyone at WAVY for their work was amazing. It really showed me how much the news industry truly means to the people. The weekend was unbelievably fun. It truly did not feel like work because I enjoyed it so much!
After soaking in everything for the past two days, today I truly learned what Stephanie meant when she said the phrase “baptism by fire.” It was my third day helping with The Hampton Roads Show and I am starting to feel more comfortable with everything. It can still be a little intimidating but I always have to remember to stay a few steps ahead(something I really learned today). While I was helping direct on the floor I realized that Stephanie was gone! She had left and I was to keep on floor directing. I was quite nervous but I also got quite excited. The pressure was on and I really didn’t want to mess up. I had to make sure to tell everyone times, keep the audience excited, move set pieces, and even get a dog on set. Thankfully, everything did get into place and once the show ended I was very happy. While I may not have been the absolute best.. I got through the whole show! Getting through the show without any major mistakes made me very relieved and proud. After today I definitely feel more comfortable with the job. It was definitely a very exciting day and I can’t wait to see what else I can learn!
Hand of producer pushing button to talk to anchor on the set.
With the rise of the online world and social media, more information is available to us than ever before. You are gracious enough to let us into your homes daily, but you don’t always get that extra look at howinformation gets to you. Here then is a look behind the scenes; pictures I snapped around the station, to provide an additional angle of the news and a candid look at just some of the journalists and production specialists on which you depend daily. That’s 10 on your side.