Intern Blog: Llama mia, here I go again!

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Here we are, at Intern Blog #2. Welcome!

It’s official, I have survived four weeks at my first internship. Not to be dramatic, but this has been the best experience of my life.

For further reference, take a look at this picture of me with a llama in the lobby.
 

The epitome of pure joy! This internship has introduced me to incredible men, women and llama who continue to inspire me everyday.

I thought for this week, I might share the story regarding how the news industry stole my attention at a young age. Without shame, I must give all credit to a man named John William Ferrell. His work as Ron Burgundy in the inspiring film “Anchorman” is nothing less than an American treasure. 

How I was introduced to the actor may have been via brainwashing, but my parents agree that they only meant to “culture” me. As a military family, we often drove when transferred to different bases. These forty hour car rides consisted of Will Ferrell movies on repeat. Yes, this included “Anchorman”.

After watching this film a dozen times, I figured the news industry must be for me. I mean, station wars, bear fighting dogs and battling sexism in the workplace? Sold!

Thank god my parents aren’t Stephen King fans, those films may have led me onto a not so wholesome career path. 

I digress.

As mentioned in my first blog, technology has it out to get me. Many reached out asking a variation of questions. “Why should reporters know how to operate editing software?”  “Don’t you just stand and read a teleprompter out in the field?” “You just smile at the camera and nod.”

Sorry to disappoint, but those days are over (if they ever existed in the first place). 

The idea of a twenty-first century reporter who only “smiles and waves” is a unicorn… as in they don’t exist. Many like to skim over the fact that reporters in recent years truly must do everything

In fact, they are most commonly referred to as “MMJ’s” (multimedia journalists). This breed of reporter is a feat of nature to say the least.

Watching their work flow is most comparable to locking a boy in a toy store, showing them to the Lego’s and within an hour you’ve got a replica of the Empire State building. If you didn’t catch that reference to a Will Ferrell movie, I am a little concerned. 

Although the work ethic is intense, it’s not impossible and WAVY MMJ’s do it best! They pitch, schedule and conduct their own interviews. Oh, they also shoot, edit and produce their own stories. It doesn’t get more impressive than these multitasking wizards. 

Here’s my feeble attempt at becoming an MMJ. The intensity of this picture might draw you to the conclusion that I am filming a two-legged dog. I hate to disappoint, but I am only shooting a five second clip of an Arizona sweet tea for practice.

Like I said… MMJ’s make this look all too easy.

An aspect that has caught me off guard this past week, is my developing love for investigative journalism. I haven’t identified a part of the job that I don’t enjoy! You are essentially a “private investigator” as described by Jason Marks himself. 

The lovely Adrienne Mayfield has been beyond supportive in this pursuit. She has let me tag along to interviews, court dates and even taught me bits of the infamous legal language (which might as well be Mandarin).

Without hesitation, I can say this woman does not give herself enough credit! She has the most interesting job at the station, but it comes with a price. The amount of research she goes through to find one good story is incredible. When she does find that story, it’s practically tossed on the table at the morning meeting like a diamond.

I cannot wait to continue my career in broadcasting, as the WAVY family has already given me such a great start. With only four weeks under my belt, I can’t say I have ever felt more at home anywhere else. The hard-working yet light hearted atmosphere is something I can only hope shows through my own work ethic to come.  

Cheers!

Madison Pearman 

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