The Big Picture


It is remarkable what little things are more noticeable when looking at myself doing stand-ups. I have always been so self-conscious of my voice so editing is going to be a journey. This internship has certainly has given me more pride in my appearance because I never know when I am going to be on camera. This week, although, was more preoccupied with assign desk duties and the big intern lunch & learn.

The thing about the assignment desk is never knowing what calls are going to come but you do know that you have to be careful with your responses. There are three kinds of calls that I usually get: Hampton Roads residents asking for help with a problem involving home or loved ones, organizations desiring confirmation for their event media coverage, or WAVY employees calling to ask a question referring to today’s budget. It is key component to be aware of the budget because that makes an impact on people’s work day.

The morning 9:30 meeting is where stories are pitched and reporters get their assigned stories. My mentor, Kara Dixon, tries her best to get her story for the day ahead of time to avoid the morning meeting. The assignment editor, Dominic, is the point man for facilitating the morning meeting. After him is the head of the newsroom department, Mike Akin. Akin is not always on the morning shift and someone has to be at the desk to answer the phones.

My coordinator, the incomparable Stephanie Cooke, organized an illuminating workshop for all the interns to sit down and be sponges to some the veterans of the station;  Tom Schaad, Anita Blanton, Laura Caso, Marielena Balouris. I significantly learned not to discount any position; there are numerous parts that go into a television news station between photography, editing, live center, assignment desk, etc.

It is rare to make it big right after graduating college but the first job shows others what you are made of. It is advised to go into  small markets because it is okay to make mistakes there knowing that you will get feedback from the massive number of people highly anticipating to criticize you. This has been the bandage ripper of an end goal for senior year: building my career.

Regardless of what or where the job is, what you say is how you connect which contributes to the big picture to bloom where you are planted.

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