Week 6: A growth-filled week, on-camera and off

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I began the week on Monday, when I rode along with WAVY reporter Matt Gregory and photographer Larry Carney. In the morning news meeting, Jason Marks got word that NNPD had made six arrests in the string of pizza robberies he covered the previous week. Matt picked up the story and off we went.

We had some difficulty finding pizza shop owners willing to talk on camera, and court documents were inaccessible due to the suspects being juveniles. That said, there was still news to report with the six arrests, and then another in Hampton. I spent some time practicing in front of the camera with guidance from Matt and Larry – and I learned the importance of selling energy without forcing it. It’s going to take some practice, but it’s nice to have guidance from professionals in the transition from print to television (click here to see Matt Gregory’s final story from that day).

On Wednesday, I decided to stay in the newsroom – I had been out in the field a lot recently, and I knew I needed to step up my AVID video editing. I had read a web piece Jason Marks wrote for his Monday story, and I thought it would be a great piece for practicing the technical side of storytelling – logging sound, writing, tracking, editing. The editing bays were a bit crowded that afternoon, so I decided to call it a day and come in later that week to assemble it in AVID. I came in Friday morning and put together the package. It was another productive week, but it was still glaringly obvious that I needed to address both on-camera presence as well as photography acumen.

Here’s the package I put together:

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