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A Whirlwind Of A Week

June 21st, 2013 at 7:34 pm by under Interns

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!

Ready, Set, Edit!

June 12th, 2013 at 8:26 pm by under Interns

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!

“It Isn’t Always Like This”

June 12th, 2013 at 8:10 pm by under Interns

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!

“Baptism By Fire”

June 5th, 2013 at 9:53 pm by under Interns

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!

10 on your side: behind the scenes

April 5th, 2013 at 3:47 pm by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities, Uncategorized
Hand of producer pushing button to talk to anchor on the set.

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 how information 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.

Live from DC hearing on tax preparation fraud

June 28th, 2012 at 10:49 am by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities

6:15 a.m. – Rise and shine! There is something about the nation’s capital that makes you want to get up early and get out the door. It could be the inevitable traffic on the way into the city, especially on a day like today.

We had to stay in a hotel in northern Virginia last night because almost every room in D.C. was full ahead of today’s Supreme Court ruling on the health care law and individual mandate. A decision is expected to come around 10 o’clock this morning.

I think we may be the only people here who are not here to talk about health care. We were the first station to investigate Mo Money Taxes locally, and we want to see it through to the end.

Today a House subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security is set to discuss identity theft and income tax preparation fraud. Mo Money Taxes is likely to be at the center of discussion, with a Norfolk victim scheduled to speak about his personal struggles with the company.

The hearing starts at 9:45 so I’ve got to run! Check back for updates throughout the day. You can also follow me on Twitter. My handle is @AnneWAVY.

9:42 a.m. – I am writing from inside the Rayburn Building where the hearing is about to begin. I have learned Michael Robinson is the Norfolk victim from Rep. Bobby Scott’s district who will be testifying today. I have received Rep. Scott’s prepared statement. He will speak primarily about his constituents struggles with Mo Money. His statement references WAVY TV 10 reports. We are underway. More to come…

11:00 a.m. – Norfolk victim Michael Robinson said he learned about Mo Money from a family member. He and his wife went to Mo Money to get an estimate ($3602). He felt funny about the company and left. Later he tried to file at Jackson Hewitt and was told Mo Money had already filed for him. JH discovered IRS paid Mo Money check in his name for $5270, which he still has not received to this date. He has filed an amendment.

Mo Money has remained the main topic of discussion. Victims would be encouraged to hear how the Congressman are holding the IRS rep’s feet to the fire. She cannot comment on ongoing investigations. She told Congressman Conyers she will take his comments back to the IRS. His response: “Taking it back is not enough. I want action.”

12:38 p.m. – Hearing is over. We will have reaction from the IRS, Rep. Scott and Mo Money Norfolk victim Michael Robinson tonight at 5. Here is a picture of Michael and me after our interview. He took a train from Norfolk to get here and he did a great job despite being a little nervous.

The victim advocate from the IRS was an insightful interview. She explained some of the Mo Money schemes described by the subcommittee falls into the cracks of banking regulations, meaning no one is watching over the money. There’s some talk about increasing penalties and changing laws to incorporate direct deposit victims.

See you at 5!

Preschoolers Turned Reporters!

February 12th, 2011 at 9:17 am by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities

I had the privilege of speaking to preschoolers at Watkins Early Childhood Center in Newport News.  One of the teachers, Jennifer Cooper,  invited me to talk with the kids about different aspects of my job as a reporter/anchor here at WAVY-TV.

Let's Raise Our Hands Together!

The kids were really excited to get involved in learning how to report in and anchor a newscast!

I Get to Work With My Friends!

They learned that I’m great friends  with everyone I work with, like WAVY morning show anchor, Kerri Furey! They loved to hear that you can have fun at work and “play” with your friends!

It's Time to Become Reporters!

“Are you ready to be reporters?!” I asked the kids. “Let’s go!”  I gave the kids the topic of our (pretend) story for the day:

A bear escaped from the zoo!

As a reporter, you have to ask questions and boy did the kids have some great questions!  They asked:

What kind of bear is it?

How old is the bear?

What does it like to do?

What does it like to eat?

What is its name?

…and when all of those great questions were answered, we “helped” find Bamboo, the baby Panda, and return him to the zoo!

We Found the Panda!

We Found the Panda!

The kids learned how great it feels to be able to help people every day!  It was a great school visit and we’re already planning another for next year!

Thanks to Watkins Early Childhood Center!

Thanks to Watkins Early Childhood Center!

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Shadow!

February 8th, 2011 at 7:01 am by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities

In one of our recent Hometown Hot Spots segments, I had the privilege of meeting the one and only groundhog (woodchuck) you can see up close and personal in Hampton Roads!  The groundhog lives on the land of the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News.

Groundhog Getting His Picture Taken

As my photographer, LV, and I learned, groundhogs aren’t exactly the easiest animal to shoot video of! He wanted to run everywhere (and so did the groundhog)!

I like to call the picture to the right my “Simba” picture.  You know…from the Lion King when Simba is held up for all of the animals to see?! I never thought a groundhog could look so regal!

This adorable animal starred in the VA Living Museum’s “Groundhog Night.”  There were activities and games for kids and their parents and of course, everyone got to see the star of the show eat and mingle with the crowd!

It’s just one of many fun and educational events the VA Living Museum has on a regular basis.

We learned (and so did the kids!) the groundhog will eat nuts, carrots, and other veggies.  Be sure to head on out and pay the groundhog a visit! He might be a bit sleepy because I’m told this is his hibernation time, but you might get lucky!

You Can’t Throw a Curve Ball on the Moon

February 8th, 2011 at 6:43 am by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities, Sports

As a local news reporter, I always hear people ask, “Can I get some good news for once? Why does everything have to be death and destruction?”

Well, on our morning show (WAVY News Sunrise and WAVY News Today), we’ve answered your call in a segment called Hometown Hot Spots.  The stories air every day in our 6:00 A.M. hour.

Today, my story is on an event being held at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton called Space, Sports, and Sprockit.  It’s a special day for everyone and it honors Black History Month.

Take your kids! While they’re there, they’ll learn about why you can’t throw a curve ball on the moon and participate in helium balloon races.  At the same time, they’ll get to meet the following people (and robot):

Pictured above are:
  • Leyland Melvin – NASA Astronaut, former football player & Associate Administrator for Education NASA Headquarters
  • Bryan Randall – Former Virginia Tech football player who is currently with the Richmond Raiders
  • Wayne Gomes – Baseball legend (Phillies) and Hampton Roads native
  • Sprockit the Robot

Plus, the Hampton Roads chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen will be on hand to talk to you and your kids as well!  The event is Saturday, February 12 and it starts at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 3:00 P.M.

It’s a great way for both you and your kids to learn about amazing and influential African Americans from Hampton Roads while taking in important (and fun!) lessons about space and life.

14.4 down, many miles to go!

April 22nd, 2009 at 3:51 pm by under Health, Personalities, Uncategorized

What a great first day of the 18th annual “Walk for Babies!” That’s right, Jimmy Ray of Eagle 97.3 has been doing this for 18 years and WAVY TV joined in six years ago to help raise awareness about the mission of the March of Dimes. We felt a few rain drops as we got started from the Williamsburg Country Club, but over all it was great weather for walking. Thanks to the police officers from York County and Newport News who kept us safe today…

posingwithpolice officerlookson1

…and to all the folks who came out of their businesses to cheer us on. We enjoyed the smiling and waving and lots of horn honking! I really want to thank the folks who couldn’t make it to the “meet and greet” but made a point to find us on the road to give us a donation to the March of Dimes….Becky from Williamsburg, Harley Steel of the U.S. Army, and the tow truck driver…I didn’t get your name, but you know who you are and we thank you…and the March of Dimes thanks you too. We met so many great WAVY/FOX 43 viewers and Eagle 97.3 listeners when we stopped at the Langley Federal Credit Union on Oyster Point. My favorite was Will…he’s just three years old, and is very familiar with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.


He was so sweet. We watched a fire truck go by and then he gave me a big hug. When you check out the pictures, he’s the little guy in the red shirt….fire engine red!

Tomorrow Jimmy and I get started at 6:00 am at Patrick Henry Mall and will finish at the Langley Federal Credit Union on Mercury Boulevard. Make sure you tune in to WAVY News Ten Today from 5am – 7am , FOX 43 News at 7am and WAVY News 10 Midday for coverage of the walk. You can also sign up to follow me on Twitter! Please check out the March of Dimes page here at WAVY.COM to find out how you can sign up to March for Babies this Sunday at the ocean front!

See you in the morning!