This semester I had the pleasure of starting my new internship at WAVY TV 10 in the newsroom department. I could barely contain my excitement because I had applied three times for this internship and it has finally happened. This was my first week and I managed to do so much already.
The great thing about this internship is that I have access to professionals in my future career field and get hands- on learning from professionals. One of the first things I did was get trained on how to work the news desk. My supervisor, Mike Akin, is a very funny man and pretty much has nicknames for everyone. He hasn’t decided on one for me yet, but I’m sure it will come to him soon. He welcomed me with a chicken biscuit my first day, how nice of him.
Working the assignment desk requires multitasking skills to be able to search for news as well as listen to the police monitor with news in the background that is constantly going. Callers also often call in to try and get their situations put on the news. I also learned how to operate a live shot from the news center and how the news streams live news from, for example the white house.
Every morning the reporters, assignment managers, producers and news directors have a morning meeting to pitch, discuss and decide on the stories for the news that day. In the meeting I observed how they make the decisions on which stories make the cut. Stories that are newsworthy and effect the most people and are typically the stories that are selected. Since the week I started it was a blizzard and winter weather warming, the stories were mainly about weather because the weather effects everyone. One of the stories that the producers liked was a follow-up story on a Portsmouth church fire pitched by reporter Joe Fisher.
So far, Joe is the only reporter I have went out in the field with. We went over the church with the camera man to conduct an interview with the church pastor, Megan Saucier. I had a great time going out with him and learning from him. The interview was about ten minutes and he asked very detailed questions to gather as much information possible to put together an article and news story package. I watched the camera man take different shots and angles on the burnt steeple. We returned to the station and Joe explained to me how to pick the times of the video he wanted to use and log it into the computer.
Besides working with Joe, I had the opportunity to shadow a producer. I had no idea how much they have to do to produce a show that is less than half an hour. They do everything from writing the scripts, picking the camera angle shots for the show, adding images, picking which anchor reads certain parts and more. After the show was complete, I watched the news cast in the studio to see how everything was put together. I am interested in learning more.
I am having an excellent time at WAVY so far and am looking forward to the rest of my time here!