What I’ve learned after one month at WAVY

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Avi Scott at the studio anchor desk (WAVY photo/Madison Pearman)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – It’s officially been a month since I started here as an intern, and I feel as if I blinked and somehow transported to the end of October.

It’s unfortunate that the end is soon approaching, but when I think back on the last month, I can’t believe how much WAVY has taught me as a budding journalist in such a short amount of time.

The true highlight of my internship so far has been connecting with so many people. From shadowing talented reporters, digital producers, and directors, I’ve gotten to know so many good people and most importantly hear their advice.

The skills I’ve learned so far

Since beginning my internship, I’ve learned how to:

  • Research and produce news content on wavy.com
  • Write social media captions and manage the WAVY-TV 10 Twitter & Facebook
  • Cut video from newscasts on Anvato
  • Operate the studio cameras (which are extremely large)
  • Follow along with the rundown in the producer’s booth
  • Read & operate the teleprompter
  • Write and record a reporter track for a VOSOT on a breaking story
  • Perform a reporter stand-up

Being able to practice stand-ups and anchoring, which has been tons of fun!

Honestly, the anchor desk is downright intimidating. But I took a seat anyway. The most challenging part of was trying to sound natural and maintaining (almost) perfect posture.

Things I’ve written

So far, I’ve written around ten articles for WAVY.com and covered weeks three through seven of Friday Night Flights. Here are some of my favorites:

Family-owned BBQ restaurant in Williamsburg recognized by Virginia House of Delegates resolution

Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach to host Fil Fest USA

VB authorities rescue several people from the water amid strong storms

(Read more stories I wrote on my WAVY author page)

Interns convening at the Intern Lunch & Learn on October 15, 2021 (WAVY photo/Amaya Mitchell)

Now that I’m on week five of my internship, here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Accept failure – Against my better judgement, I’ve always been a perfectionist. But being here has really challenged me to become more comfortable with failure, and then trying again.
  2. Saying yes more often – Being open to opportunity has helped me have less fear of making mistakes in front of others.

Feeling grateful to be a part of the team

I am extremely grateful for Nathan Crawford and Sarah Fearing (Digital Content Producers) for helping me improve on my newswriting, learn WAVY’s social media flow, and for just all-around really cool people.

Dana Hazzard’s (Assignment Desk Editor) wisdom as a former intern has also made me more comfortable in the newsroom overall. Another former intern and now WAVY Reporter, Madison Pearman helped me find my voice in front of the camera and is always giving me an opportunity to try again.

Jasmine Speller (Production Assistant) and Jeff Snyder (WAVY Producer) have definitely taken me under their wing in helping me understand the magic behind the scenes. For the first time since I was kid, who only saw myself anchoring the news, I started to ask what if I could produce?

With the time I have left, my goal is to finish my reporter-anchor reel and connect with as many people as possible.

To read more about my experience here at WAVY-TV 10, follow me on Twitter at @ascottreports.

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