This week I had the pleasure of working with anchor/reporter Marielena Balouris! She is a great person to learn from and I learned a lot from her.
We drove an hour away to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital to cover a story on a woman that gave birth to a baby girl on the Jamestown-Scotland ferry. The ferry was headed to Williamsburg on the James River on Friday.
While we were there, we interviewed the mother, the father and the former firefighter that helped deliver the baby. They all had a lot to say, so the interview took a little over an hour.
It was very exciting to cover a nice story instead of all the heartbreaking news. The other news channels were there as well, and a reporter from Channel 13 asked the mother if she could sing to her baby. The mom started singing Banana Pancakes. It was the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while.
The couple named the baby JoyAnna.
Before the interview, Marielena showed me how to set up the camera and take different shots. She gave me a few pointers on shooting to improve my camera skills. She taught me that taking wide shots and tight shots gives more variety when I get ready to edit. She also showed me a black and white camera setting to ensure the camera is in focus.
After the interview, I shot a few standups in front of the hospital outside. The wind was blowing in my hair and I felt like a true reporter. It took a few times, but I finally did a perfect stand up that I loved to use in my reel resume.
My time here at WAVY just keeps getting better and better. I love working with all the great people here and I look forward to the remaining weeks here at WAVY.