My first few days at WAVY-TV were all about learning and shadowing. I didn’t have my email address yet so the majority of my days were spent observing and learning as much as I could about the daily operations of the web desk. One of the coolest things I’ve gotten to observe was the flurry of action that surrounds snow coverage. Before this internship, I thought snow was no big deal but from the moment the doppler reported snow the station bolted into action.
A part of my daily work is coming to the morning meeting. This meeting is a bit like the weekly meeting I have with my own school paper. The staff discusses what needs to be covered and who goes where. It was so interesting to see how the day is planned out.
One of the most interesting portions of my internship so far has been the time I got to shadow Stephanie Harris. Watching a reporter work in the field really showed me what to expect if I were sent out on an assignment. The way she handled herself when it looked like the film they brought wouldn’t hold all they needed showed me exactly how to create a good product despite not having everything go perfectly. The staff here at WAVY are so friendly and I am already being offered shadowing and other intern opportunities.
Monday I’ll begin the actual work of my internship. I have my email set up and Jane Alvarez-Wertz tells me that I will be working on the weekend planner for HRScene’s mailing list. I’m so excited to be doing work here. So far I’ve posted two press release stories online, this makes me feel like I’m really learning here at WAVY. I feel ready to take on the rest of the internship and am feeling closer to finding my calling post-grad.