Tuesday, June 30, 2009
On a different note, I got to film an Arena football game last weekend (Spokane Shock). I did all of it with a camera on my shoulder, which proved to be very painful the next morning--never again will I complain about using a tripod. It was great being right up on the board to film the action, but it was extremely difficult following the ball on each play through a lens. I get to review my footage tomorrow...
I've also gotten to conduct several interviews with the Shock players. That's been my favorite part because it seems to come so naturally after all the practice that we've had in class.
I'm on my way to help film a Minor League Baseball Game Tonight. I filmed a couple plays last night and it was SO hard! You have to follow the ball while being aware of who's on what base. On top of that, you need to be able to adjust the iris when the ball moves in and out of shaded areas and quickly zoom in and out--all in one play!
I've been given to the go to anchor a sports segment on air when I feel ready--I think I may give it an extra week or so, but I'll keep you guys updated. Hope everyone's internships are going well, it sounds like you are all getting a lot out of them.
Monday, June 29, 2009
The first day went pretty well, me and Tom went through the paperwork and since there was another new employee I got a chance to know everybody during the morning meeting:)
I am very excited because I will be able to learn more about After Affects and Photoshop and practice making video graphics in next few days. Also, today I went through digitizing daily shows from big BETA tapes and tagging promos for them in Final Cut HD.
Hopefully, everybody is enjoying their work, and I really feel that I am going to have a wonderful experience!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This was my 7th time visiting the islands and my second this year. But this was by far the best time I've had there because of the internship. My time in Honolulu came to and end last Wed. I put in work that morning and was on a plane to Seattle for a 12 hour layover by 2pm. By the way Hawaiian airlines is the S*%t, even though they misplaced my bag. Had a feeling my luggage would get lost with a layover that long, but I was happy to come back to Montana and not freeze to death. My internship was a great experience. and I see now why doing was is important in our field. If I ever want to move to Hawaii I've got work now, and if not I have a great reference for the future. My last day of work I tried to upload some of the work I did, but experienced technical difficulties, so I won't be able to share with anybody right now. I did make a couple DVDs for me and for the Rays. I'd probably say that the best part of my internship was shooting that wedding. I think thats what I'd like to do for a career actually. I got your support right Ekness? A close second was my time spent up at the addiction treatment services. It was a hard story to tell and an even harder story to get footage for, which was a great learning tool. I also learned a lot about addiction and met some amazing people, and heard some amazing stories. A very uplifting place actually.
I hope the rest of everyones internships go well for them. You were all in my thoughts often down there. Shoots then....
The Real Hurt Locker
I thought I'd also take a few lines and explain what I actually do. It's rather simple, really. I read the entertainment and sports news every morning and then I take on whatever I find interesting. I do one posting for sports and one for entertainment every day (3 from the two on Mondays and Fridays). I usually look for a key word that makes my imagination run, or I just take things literally (like in "The Hurt Locker" piece above). If the news is bland for the day, I'll just look for something that I can make fun of and go off in a non-topical direction. I often do photoshop pieces (as it's my strength), or I'll often do fake news articles (my newspaper writing style would be considered "loose"). Sometimes I'll just see something silly and write my opinion on it.
Other than that, I also do a lot of graphics or photoshops for other interns and my editor (even if some interns ask for something that takes me all day and then don't use them!), so that actually takes up the lion's share of my day when I get called on to do that. We also compile a top-2o list for various topics each week, research National Lampoon movies for future web paes, research holidys for humor bits and games, and research advertising on competitor websites.
Phew! That's about it, really. It's been a fun and fast six weeks, so far, and I'm sure the remaining weeks will be the same.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Today was a crazy day at KCOY. To start the day, as everyone knows…Farrah Fawcett passed away. We made calls to interview her friend and Charlie’s Angels successor, Cheryl Ladd. After going to Ladd’s house in the Santa Ynez Valley, we headed on to Santa Barbara to do a story on California’s raising gas costs. As we got back to the station, we heard news of Michael Jackson going to the hospital. TMZ was the first to leak news of his death, but we had to wait for an actual news source to confirm. CBS News came next, so we rolled with it.
As many of you know, Michael Jackson lived in this area where the Neverland Ranch is. The trial was held right here in Santa Maria in 2005, so this story hit home for many today. Personally, I have a vested interest in the court case, as my uncle led the investigation and raid on the ranch. The entire central coast went into a mini-meltdown today, as well as the newsroom. Normally every Thursday KCOY goes live from a surrounding town for the evening newscasts. Today, the entire event was cancelled, and reporters were called in to do pieces on MJ. The news of his death broke right before the 5 o’clock show, so you could imagine the hysterics. Although it really is a tragic event, it was really exciting to see how real breaking news works in a newsroom.
Soon after everything was assigned, we hit the road again, back out to Santa Inez to interview a few jury members from the trial. After that, I got to interview one of Michael’s defense attorneys that was with him all throughout the trial. He was very sorry for the loss, and when I asked him to describe Michael in three words, he told me “kind, gentle and humble.” He told me lots of stories about Michael and his family. It was a very sad day, and was very surreal to experience my first “breaking news” about such an icon.
I am working on making a package of all of this in the next day or two, and will be shooting a standup at the Neverland ranch.
It has been a sad day for many, but it has been a big learning experience for me.
I've also been working on a lot of radio stuff. If you go to http://www.army.mil/ and click on the media link you will see radio stories called 'army news.' I have had the chance to anchor and produce quite a few of those now. Until next time, I hope everyone's learning a lot and having a blast!
I start with the second semester of the beautiful German language during second session of summer school so I will be coming in for only half days for the nest five weeks. Wish me luck (I need it).
I hope that everybody is having a great summer and having fun at thier internship. Sorry that yours has to end Buddy. Nice work on the Mt. on a Dime story, Marnee. KECI is putting together something similar.
I would post some pictures but I don't think that they would be suitable for this kid friendly blog. 'Til next time...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Hey everyone! I haven't seen any pictures yet. Post some pictures with your co-workers, on the set, in the newsroom or anything else. We'd love to see where you are. I'm glad to hear you're all working hard and having a good summer.
Here is the link to the first one, http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/48816312.html . The others will be online after they air each day at 5:30 pm.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I am still working on the series of 5 packages entitled "Daytrips on a Dime". I have driven the news car (one up you Herbie), to Virginia City, Phillipsburg, Marysville, the Flathead Valley and Choteau. I also shot a feature on skydiving, if you all checked out my facebook profile you will see the injuries I got during my fall through a hail storm! My on camera work is now delayed until the bruises and welts dissappear. I should have gotten an internship with MTPR.
Oh and my number one internship accomplishment for the week is that I turned in my learning agreement to Ray!
I will post links to my stories once they air.
I miss you all, and can't wait to play catch up in the fall.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Most of my time lately has been concerned with filling any and all holes in the schedule at the station. Usually I am just editing stuff and running the audio board... pretty run of the mill. However, every now and then I get a reporting opportunity or I will work in the online department (which is pretty fun). Today I did something I swore I would never do... Katrina can vouch for that statement: I worked a morning show. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it thoroughly and want to do it again. I don't know if I have what it takes to actually anchor one in the real world... but I wouldn't mind working one, every now and then anyway. We almost had a couple of plane crashes the other day... one of those planes had 140 people on it and an engine blew out. We didn't have any reporters around at the time and a few were out of town. Luckily, both were able to make successful emergency landings. I really like being the utility guy. I like to liken it to being a guy who is the utility player on baseball teams... and hey, I still have time to re-adjust my cup and scratch routinely, so what's the difference, right? Hope all is going well everywhere... I think about you all frequently.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
So this week I began going on all of my own shoots and it has been awesome, I’m setting up all my own stories, but I don’t get to drive the news cruiser because apparently I’m a “liability.” Jeez Diary! Who could think that little old me could be a liability? I also had my first day off in 13 days last Thursday, so things this week couldn't have gotten better. On a more important side of the business Diary, I scooped my first story, and we led with it at 5:30 on Saturday, eat it KECI. Actually it didn't feel as good as people make it sound like it should. It was rather depressing, because a bicyclist got nailed by this dumb b*tch driving on the wrong side of the road. He was pretty beat up, but I think he'll live. I was the only media on the scene and it was pretty dramatic. So you all better be on your best behavior or else I may just have to scoop your ass. Hmmm scooping asses, maybe not as cool as I first thought it sounded, maybe I'll leave the scooping to somebody else next time. I also start work on the morning show tomorrow; apparently my news director thinks it will be a good experience. The good news though Diary, drum roll please, I get to reunite with Dan “the man” Ryan for a week and see him work his magic. I don’t know who’s more excited me or Dan. Probably me. I’ll be sure to let you know how the week from 4 am hell goes; I know your dying to hear about it.
P.S. If you ever find yourself wondering what to do with yourself this summer, just think WWWD (what would Willi do) and then grab a brewski, and whatever else you may like to do in your free time and RELAX. But remember: Ice, not even once… or twice for that matter. Thanks Diary, I love you.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I'm wrapping up my first week in DC and loving it already. I started at Soldier Radio and Television, the r-tv department of the U.S. army, on Tuesday. That first day they let me and the other intern voice a radio package that aired on the army radio stations; it was pretty cool. We had to go through tons and tons of paperwork, but I now have my own security badge and clearance into both the Pentagon and the Defense Department - also pretty cool. I have learned lots of new tricks on Avid, which will be super helpful.
Wednesday we got to voice another radio package and work on some script writing and story research. Today we sat in on some meetings, wrote some radio script, and did some research. Saturday will be exciting - we are going to the White House for a shoot - awesome! I'm really pumped.
I am living in an apartment on the Georgetown campus and taking a couple of classes here. I'm having a blast and hope all of you are too!
So I am almost done with my first week at my internships. My background investigation was finally finished this week at the Sheriff's Dept. in Santa Barbara and I got right to work. I am really excited about working there because I not only get to shoot and write stories, but I get to see the other side of how the media works pertaining to law enforcement. They are teaching me how to deal with law enforcement as a reporter and tricks to getting information. The PIO (Public Information Officer) I am working with was an anchor/reporter for 20 years, and he is really teaching me a lot.
This week I got to shoot a story on the Special Olympics Torch Run, which law enforcement does to raise money. Since I am with the Sheriff's Dept. I get to shoot wherever I want, while the other reporters have to stay back.
Yesterday I shot an amazing story. During the Jesusita fires that recently damaged Santa Barbara, two firemen were trapped and badly burned in a house, but saved by two Sheriff's Deputies. They all met for the first time yesterday where the firefighters wanted to thank the others for saving their lives. I am heading to the area where the house burned with one of the Deputies soon to get broll.
I have been given free reign to choose stories I want to shoot. I am planning on going out with the SWAT team, the Dive Team, Search and Rescue, and I am getting set up to interview a very notorious California murderer who is in the prison here. Pretty soon I get to start going out on calls at any time of night whether it be murders or stand-offs. I even get a bullet proof vest. I have also seen some pretty funny celebrity mugshots that have come through the station!
We recently had a bank robbery and a high profile death, so the office was crazy and the media called all the time. Its funny how annoying some of them can get! (TMZ!!) I am really learning a lot about how to approach and not to approach law enforcement.
I am given lots of information about important cases that I am not to repeat to anyone. I have been recused from any cases dealing with the Sheriff's Dept. while at KCOY. Its kind of scary having all this information and having to watch what I say at the TV station. The news director is watching out for me so no reporters try and get info from me!!
At KCOY I have been doing a little bit of everything. Saturday I produced the evening newscasts and edited a bunch for the show. I worked the assignment desk a little but now I will be going out with reporters all the time. I will be able to go out with my own photog on Saturdays too! They even told me I am the best writer out of all the interns they have had!
I hope everyone's summer is going well!
Magic Defeated By Lakers Despite Impressive Show
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
One intern went with the senior reporter to where the shooter lived. While the other intern and I were finding information for other reporters who were compiling stories, taking to the Jewish communities in the district, ect. We made phone calls to find out if Hillel groups were doing anything tonight, tried accessing court documents from the shooter who was charged and convicted of crimes in 1981, searched the net, busy busy! But it was great! And I even got to file a story on the security officer who died which will air in the morning.
So sad that this happened and people like that are still out there...but on the upside us interns gained vast amounts of knowledge of working in the newsroom.
I learned a lot doing the package. I am learning how to communicate working in bureau. I am learning to work under deadline and edit quickly. I am learning to edit in my camera. I am working under Christina Marrazza. She is a sassy 24 year old from New Jersey with a business background. I am having a great experience.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
One of the other interns and I were very productive today on working on our series on Education and the Economy. We collected nat sound from a hs graduation and collected some names of students who graduated. We talked to a college guidance counselor with a private school and a woman who works at the station (but not in the news dept) has a daughter who goes there who happened to have a bunch of friends over and we were able to interview all of them! Very exciting! The other intern was worried because we hadn't gained much progress, but I think we're both very satisfied with the work we accomplished today!
Also, today I helped with a double ender for Pat Duggins, who is an NPR reporter for a station in FLA. He generally covers the big NASA liftoffs and such and I helped him interview a fellow who works for a private space company, SpaceX. He talked with the fellow over the phone and I held a mic in person and sent the file via FTP (better sound quality than over the phone). Plus, I made $75 for holding a microphone for 20 minutes! Nice, especially when my internship is unpaid.
If you ever have any time listen to some stories (esp mine :P ). They can be found at wamu.org/news/.
My most recent story was on a mass for people who donated their bodies to science.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Roughly mid-April (I think) I responded to the Program Director for Energy 107.5 FM here in the lovely Garden City. He was looking for someone with a basic knowledge of HTML and a more expert knowledge of Twitter. How could I have turned him down? Currently, they're re-vamping the website to be this crazy interactive online home, so to speak, for their listeners. Die-hard fans have the chance to upload pictures, video, audio clips, and txt messages to a clog (still haven't deciphered this new inter-word [and no, it's not a wooden shoe you'd wear in the Netherlands]), chat with other people in the area, stream the radio station, and all kinds of other stuff I'm sure none of you are interested in. I've been participating in the chat room and have e-met quite a few unique Missoulians.
On the Twitter end of things, I was responsible for establishing four new accounts with subjects the listeners were interested in. From there, I was to research four RSS feeds per account that would automatically update through tweets. The four I made up are as follows:
http://twitter.com/energyfrontrow - Concert listings for all of Montana and other large cities in the region.
http://twitter.com/NRGComingSoon - Upcoming movies, traliers, cool theatrical stuff
http://twitter.com/GotEnergyGetFit - Health, weight loss, other things
http://twitter.com/NRGPillowTalk - Sex and relationships, etc.
The links provided from the RSS feeds were supposed to link to Energy's website as a "middle-man" to generate more hits on the website. The idea is to get people to the website, find something else they may be interested in, and click around from there. Though it's not working now, apparently it wasn't my responsibility to get that established.
(I apologize if I've lost you in all this inter-speak, this post is long enough as it is.)
Aside from the internerdy duties, I've been helping out with events put on by the radio station. Last weekend they sponsored a giant free BBQ at Bonner Park. I ended up with the wonderful duty of monitoring children in the moon bounce. By the end of the day my hands smelled like little children's armpits and it solidified the fact that you'll never see any offspring from me.
This next week they're sponsoring a night at the movies on Wednesday, to which I'll get to see "The Hangover" again for free, simply by showing up and handing out passes. (The movie is hilarious, go see it!) Thursday the station is sponsoring the "Unite the Mic" tour, setting B-Real from Cypress Hill and Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs on their new project (be still my beating heart.....) so I'll be there helping set up, schmoozing "rap" stars, etc.
By my calculations, I'm nearly done with my duties with the station. My one "final project" is to try and find someone who would want to take over after I'm done. It has been fun and the people at the station are absolutely great, so if you're interested, let me know.
Hope the rest of you are keeping busy and having fun!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
It's the story entitled: Progressives Convene In Washington
So far there are 3 interns including myself, and I'm the only one with any broadcast experience. The other interns don't know how to use adobe audition...which is a tad frustrating because I have to take them under my wing a bit and show them how to use the program and the recording equipment and such.
We brainstormed our big project for the summer today and we're hoping to pull together a series on the economy and education. We're still ironing out the details but we're planning on pieces like getting into college and how people are going to pay for it, graduating (college) in a recession and the next step: the jobless job hunt or going to grad school. Should be fun to talk to some locals in this situation.
More later and much j-school love,