The month of October was uber exciting while being an intern at Wavy-TV 10. Almost every episode of The Hampton Roads Show had an audience that had was hosting an event for Breast Cancer or an event in celebration of Halloween.
I kicked off my second weekend of October by going to my first promotional event as an intern. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Mount Trashmore Park was nothing short of amazing! Everywhere I looked I saw pink, I even sported my pink “HU” sweatshirt for the cause. There was never a dull moment while I was handing out sports bottles and footballs with the Wavy-TV 10 team. Having the chance to interact with some survivors and their support systems while also giving them free goodies was amazing and filled my heart.
The week after that I had the chance to go out-in-the field and shadow Wavy-TV 10 reporter Brett Hall. The Story he was covering was about the new light post that will eventually be installed in Newport News, with the hopes of lowering the city’s crime rate. While shadowing Brett I learned two very important things. One being fast on your feet is important when you have a lead, and two the first person you see may not be the right person for the interview. I also learned a lot more while shadowing Brett like how sound bites are everything and how sometimes evening reporting can move a little slow.
Lastly, I ended October by shadowing the amazing midday producer Karyn Anselmo. Anyone one who knows me knows I’m not the best morning person I mean my favorite thing to do in my downtime is sleep. However, if I wanted to shadow Karyn, I had already be at the station at 6 A.M., so I put aside my tiredness to make it on time and let’s just say I had 6 hot chocolates that day. Shadowing Karyn was fun I got to see how a rundown was filled from the start and how she would go in and update the scripts every time she would get a new update. When the time came for the midday show I went into the control room and watched the show in the “producer’s shoes”.