Intern Blog: Shoutouts and Supers

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Each week of my internship at WAVY-TV has offered me the chance to learn something new and gain valuable experience. Over the last two weeks, I shadowed the digital team and continued my coverage of the FIFA World Cup.

After being dubbed the sports department’s World Cup beat writer and consultant, I’ve written quite a few preview/prediction posts (with mixed results on the predictions). It has been nice to have my written work published on wavy.com, and I even got the added bonus of having Bruce Rader give two of my articles a shoutout on live television. It was rewarding for my work to get that kind of recognition. I had fun focusing my analysis on soccer, one of the sports I’m most knowledgeable about. That knowledge is more helpful than I realized in an American newsroom.

On top of writing for the web, I also wrote some supers and scripts for the Sportswrap. Nathan Epstein gave me a great piece of advice on supers: if someone was watching their TV with the sound off, they should be able to get a general sense of what the story is about from the super. The viewer should never be left asking questions. I tried to remember this rule when creating my own supers, while still aiming to make them catchy.

Finally, I was grateful for the opportunity to sit in with the digital staff. I have past experience working as a digital intern and I’m hoping to do more digital work in the future, and I found it interesting to see how WAVY organizes their website and content-posting platforms. I didn’t know about the way WAVY differentiates between the online presences of their news and lifestyle departments, and I think it makes sense to separate the two on the web.

Though the World Cup ends this weekend, I’m looking forward to covering other big upcoming events, especially the MLB All Star game and the start of Washington Redskins training camp.

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