Intern Blog: Getting a Start at WAVY

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The Hampton Roads area is a new experience for me. Having grown up in South Boston, VA, I am accustomed to the small town life of my hometown. Only having traveled to the Hampton Roads area a very few times, I saw the internship at WAVY as a gateway to a new experience for me.

So far a lot of my experience as an intern at WAVY has been to shadow those in my assigned department, the sports department. I have gotten to shadow Nathan Epstein to a few events where I have watched him capture footage, record interviews, and develop stories for the sports segment on WAVY TV 10 & The Sportswrap on FOX 43. While shadowing him he has let me start to get a feel for the camera, and he has been helping me get used to recording live sports.

At the studio I have been tasked with learning to edit using the AVID software, typing up SOTs (Sound On Tape), keeping track of live games, investigating leads, and fact checking stories. A majority of this time has been with AVID, the SOTs, and tracking live games. 

AVID is a whole new beast compared to what I have worked with in college. Final Cut Pro is much more user friendly, but watching Nathan and Brian create a package in a matter of minutes using AVID has shown me that learning this software is going to be worth it. On top of learning the editing aspect, seeing how everything is interconnected through iNews is really cool. Being able to put together a piece in AVID, send it to iNews, connect the clip to the rundown, type up the script & SOT, and have it all ready for those in the control room in time for a live show is amazing.

In the coming weeks I’m planning on getting a better grasp of AVID, becoming more versed with the camera, and looking into starting some of the tasks that are expected of us interns.

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