Going into my first week interning at WAVY-TV, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve worked and interned in different environments before – even an office in another country – but having just moved to Virginia Beach, I’m still very unfamiliar with the Hampton Roads area. I was a bit worried that this would be a significant obstacle for me to overcome, but everyone at WAVY has been willing to extend a helping hand so far.
Now that my first week with WAVY is in the books, I feel much more as though I have my feet on the ground. I have a better sense of what the office culture is like, what my responsibilities will be moving forward, and how the day-to-day operations and routines of the station work. Everyone in the sports department (and at the station in general) was welcoming and tried their best to answer my questions.
Most of my time so far has been spent observing. I shadowed everyone in the sports department, seeing all the pieces that need to come together to make the show happen. From within the studio, I watched longtime sports director Bruce Rader do the FOX43 Sportswrap live, and I also sat in the control room with Brian Parsons and Nathan Epstein as they produced the show. These experiences were unique opportunities to go behind the scenes and learn about the amount of effort that goes into creating television programs.
Aside from shadowing, I began to get some hands-on practice using cameras and editing software. In my previous video editing experience, I’ve always used Adobe Premiere, but I got a quick crash course in AVID this week and I’m looking forward to practicing more with it and developing my editing ability.
My favorite part of my first week was going out to shoot footage of a live sporting event. I tagged along with Nathan Epstein as he went to get highlights from the 6A Regional high school baseball title game between First Colonial and Western Branch, and I familiarized myself with the camera equipment and shot some live action during the game.
The first week of my internship at WAVY made me excited for what the rest of the summer has in store. It seems that working there will be beneficial for both my professional and personal development, and I’m looking forward to continuing to get to know my co-workers as well as learning new editing, filming, and writing skills. Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” and I’m glad to have done so with WAVY.