Here in the WAVY TV newsroom, I’m learning something new each and every day. After an eventful end to my first week as an intern covering a stabbing in the barracks near Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, this week started a little slow as I moved to shadowing editors. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to edit during the first half of the day; however, once 2:00 hit, editors were given a steady work load of material to edit for the afternoon/evening shows.
The second day I was supposed to shadow editors, I had an opportunity to go out into the field with a photographer to film an interview concerning a missing woman in Suffolk. Upon return to the newsroom, I logged the sound from the interview into the system to make it available for others to use when writing the story.
I spent part of the afternoon learning how to use the FOX and NBC sites to pull video for stories and the remainder working back at the assignment desk to assist with answering phone calls due to the desk being short staffed compared to usual. It was quite an eventful day switching from task to task, and I felt as though I truly helped those in the newsroom.
These first couple of days working at WAVY have been incredible! I could not have asked for a better start. My first day (yesterday) started off with paperwork but quickly picked up. I was able to sit in on The Hampton Roads Show. It was interesting to see how everything ran behind-the-scenes. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the other interns floor directing the entire show on their own, only to learn this opportunity would be available to me in the future. When the show ended, I met Typhanny Wiggins who showed me everything that happens at the news desk including the running of the Live Center. I learned about this for a while before being pulled aside by Jim Gilchriest, news director. Jim and I had a great conversation about what I wanted to get out of my internship with WAVY and where I see my career going. He encouraged me to work hard and inspired me to always push myself to be the best I can be. I then attended an editorial meeting and finished the day working more at the news desk.
My second day working at WAVY has been even better than my first, and it’s not even over yet! I started by attending the morning meeting where I got to see how story ideas were pitched. I then spent several hours in the field with Anne McNamara covering a story in Hampton. In addition to the excitement of simply being out and witnessing a story progressing, I was able to assist in searching for an important person to interview which led to finding two additional people involved in the story.
While my experience so far has been phenomenal, the best part has been meeting the amazing people that work here. Everyone has been extremely welcoming, offering assistance and inviting me to come to them with any questions I may have. If these two days are any indication on what is to come in the remainder of my internship, I have one heck of a summer to look forward to. I can’t wait to see what else comes my way!
It seems we’re all affected by something I call “time creep.” Everything is starting a little earlier these days, and that would include 10 on your side, which has just launched a 4pm newscast. It’s an early appetizer of the days events, and news happening now. I couldn’t resist snapping off a few behind the scenes photos. See you at 4!
We call it ”The Live Center:” A bank of monitors and equipment used to “tune in” live reports from our various crews in the field. It’s also commonly referred to as the “Troll.” It’s the electronic brain for a square of scanners, televisions, desks, computers, and cables–the true nerve center of the newsroom. It is here assignment editor Typhanny Wiggins calls out the nuggets of information which are woven together into a developing story. There’s something more urgent about the human voice calling our attention, than a silent top-line alert on our individual screens. The former is a call to action, while the latter can get lost. We compete for your attention everyday, just as the voice from the assignment desk commands our focus for breaking news. Here are my 5 stories to watch starting on WAVY News 10 at 5.
1.) Winter Storm Warning for Dare County. All eyes are still on the skies as our meteorologists track that winter storm moving into Virginia and North Carolina, with the Outer Banks in line for possible snow. Our latest weather blogs show Hampton Roads may dodge a real blast from winter. But tracks and temperature forecasts change often enough to warrant your tuning in at 5 to get the latest information.
WAVY-TV Assignment Editor Typhanny Wiggins
2.) North Carolina Governor declares state of emergency. Which brings us to an ounce of preparation, or should we say 1500 tons. That’s how much salt’s been laid by NCDOT crews in anticipation of what could be a 1-2 punch storm. Governor Pat McCrory says the goal here is to be “over prepared.” Sounds like the drill everyday in the WAVY newsroom.
3.) Will Atlanta slip again? Nature has been merciless on those areas least prepared to deal with her cold shoulder. Who could forget the miles of interstate stilled by ice and snow in Atlanta. Stephanie Harris will tell us if the Peach state can keep its balance in this next go around.
4.) Sinking the floating junkyard. Anita Blanton is on your side following the progress of a Norfolk family and their fight to have abandoned boats removed in a waterway near their home.
5.) Police scam. Portsmouth police are warning the elderly and others of a trusting nature to watch out for someone posing as a police officer and public official asking for donations. One phone call cost a 73 year old woman $81,000.
Typhanny will of course shout out any other story that breaks between now and 5. Remember, you heard it here first.
So much of what you see between 5pm and 6:30 on WAVY-TV is the result of many minds and hands working feverishly behind the scenes. As one of the anchors of the evening news, I work with a stable of talented reporters, producers, editors, photographers, directors, and the list goes on. WAVY.com has a small but dedicated staff feeding a digital beast with an insatible appetite for content. So, whether you download an app, log on, or hit the remote at 4:58 PM, here are five things to look for in our 90 minutes of news.
Our 5pm producer Stephanie Duke is watching two monitors at her desk, and warns me not to take her picture. As she juggles the show rundown, Stephanie barely makes eye contact with me, as she says “we’re hearing from a lot of parents in Virginia Beach over those school snow days.” Erin Kelly is working on a follow-up to a decision to have students go to school on Saturdays following last week’s bout with winter. I’ll only say it has a religious tone. (That’s what we call a ”tease.) As we talk about those unlucky students, a bulletin comes in about a commerical plane landing in Turkey following a bomb threat tied to the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Laura Mammarella has taken the reigns of today’s 5:30 show, and tells me my co-anchor Nicole Livas, is working the story of the recent coal ash spill, and why it may be worse than we first thought.
WAVY producer Laura Mammarella
Jessica Ross produces WAVY News 10 at 6, and talked about three new arrests in the death of a police officer, who disappeared five days ago. Also, Newport News police picked up more than two dozen people for participation in the world’s oldest profession. Now it’s time for the afternoon meeting. I’ll see you at 5!
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!