I started my newsroom internship at WAVY this week! I had orientation on Monday afternoon, then returned on Wednesday morning for my first official day as an intern. I began by attending the 9:30 am news meeting, in which reporters pitched stories to the news director and received their assignments for the day. My supervisor, Mike Akin, ran the technical side of the morning meeting, entering assignments and story ideas into a program called iNews. This program is a wide-encompassing newsgathering platform – it has a live feed of Associated Press wire reports, and contains the daily budgets (which are essentially a staging area for the content going into the day’s newscasts) going back several years. I had not been previously familiar with iNews, but after a bit of initial intimidation, I quickly picked up on the main aspects of the program by watching and learning at the assignment desk.
On Friday, I went out in the field for the first time, with WAVY photojournalist Rob Rizzo. Rob is one of the many premier photographers at the station, and riding along with him really highlighted the importance of the visual aspect when reporting for television. He explained the sequential nature of footage when doing a report- wide, medium, tight. I was able to follow along as he gathered a ton of great footage that brought the shooting locations to life. I watched the story on the evening newscast, and was very impressed how Rob took a standard snow piece and told a real local story that was visually compelling.
Overall, week one was very productive – I went from knowing almost nothing about newsroom operations to having a pretty solid rudimentary understanding of the organizational processes.