Final Thoughts

This wasn’t a fun election. For the first time ever I actually have words. As a country, we are not totally doomed, but maybe this isn’t a time to focus on individual needs, but the needs of others. There is still a system of checks and balances and still a regulation of what the president can and can’t do. I don’t think anyone should really be angry and optimistic.

Keeping a positive attitude during tough times is just something we have to do to keep the world going. If we just stopped when things got hard, we wouldn’t have seen technological advances or thrived on knowledge of the unknown (which is now the known).

Most people are actually afraid of the future, but maybe we shouldn’t be. We need to pull ourselves together and throw on a brave face. Even if you were for Donald Trump, even you knew there were flaws. But you can’t allow other’s opinions or what you really felt to ignore the reality that it’s just another president and we’re never truly happy anyway. I can’t name a time when everyone was okay with what happened in the election. Nobody is going to have the same thoughts as you, nor would they act the same.

The thing about elections is that no matter who is running, you have to understand it’s a new beginning. Everything about the world right this second is new. Let’s hold ourselves together, complain like we always do, but also let’s not be bothered until something actually happens. Because every president is different and not always the best, but there’s a chance for change whenever someone reaches office.

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My Final Day Visiting Broadcast Media

20160623_175603.jpgDay two of visiting this new world of broadcast media was swell! You can look back at day one here. I already miss it. But I know it’ll be right there for me when I get another opportunity.

Only my final day as a shadow, I practiced making a script for the anchors to read.

This is actually really easy for me. I’m a writer, it’s my job to be precise in my writing. Essentially, the producer (someone who writes the scripts) will look up a script from another broadcast and reword it. From there, the producer can shorten/lengthen the story to fit in the time frame of that story.

A producer also assigns, drops and adds stories for their portion of the broadcast.

After I learned a little of that, I worked the teleprompter. Which is just a screen the anchors read off of and add their own touch to the broadcast. They make every other word stand out and catch attention to their viewers. I had to keep up with one of the anchors who talks kind of fast in some parts and slower in others.

To work this magical screen, there is a wheel that you turn right to run the words as you read and you manually adjust the speed by turning left to slow down the words. It’s a bit touchy the first couple of times, but after that I think I got it down. Which is pretty cool!

There was some down time for me after the lesson. I just talked with the crew who where in the newsroom. There weren’t very many, but just enough for conversation about anything and everything.

I got to do a mock weather report and there were about 4 TV screens which were broadcasting me. I didn’t know where to look. I got distracted by seeing myself in HD. I learned how to point at the temperatures and where to stand. There is also a mini green screen that is used to cover the weather anchor. I disappeared for 30 seconds, which is pretty cool. Looking at the teleprompter and working the screen was kind of difficult even once I figured out where to stand. Weather is definitely my weak spot. It took me a little while to get into the arm motion.

For the most interesting part, I got to watch TV for a mini job. Well, just the commercials and the times they were aired. It seems easy until you realize you can’t mark times during the commercial break. You marked them when whatever show came back on. There was a special monitor that counted down how much time until commercial break so that kept me on a track for a little bit. When the slot aired, the same program saved the time in 24 hour form. It was my job to write down the time on the physical form in 12 hour form.

I also got to see how the commercials are transferred (by just a few button clicks) over from a basic file, to the server and then viewed on a $13,000 screen that tests out the quality of the commercial. Everything is closely looked at, reviewed and finalized before the actual broadcast. I didn’t realize there was so much there.

Sports was a fun spot! Meeting with the sports anchor was so cool. He offered me to do some job shadow work in the fall and I might just ask to come down for that. I’d love to be on assignment, even as just a shadow, at a football game. It’s pretty sweet to know I might just go back to this really home like staff and do more stuff.

I was also given contact information for just needing help/advice on what I should do about anything in the field. There was even a reference offer from one of the producers (which I shall use for sure!)

In about a month and a half I’ll be in college. I’m going to try to apply for more job shadows, internships and freelancing to help me prepare for the industry. Broadcasting and print will be a lot of fun! The goal is still ESPN; however, as long as I’m doing something I love, I’m perfectly fine with wherever I land in the industry.

New Beginnings as a Shadow

As a newspaper reporter, I’ve been in a lot of different situations. However, I’m not used to being in a broadcasting room of an actual newsroom.

Surprise! I’ve been at local broadcasting station and I’m going back today for production work and meet with sports.

I went on an assignment to the animal shelter. While there I learned about where the camera should be set up and the fundamentals of shooting an interview. The reporter either goes on the left or right to begin and then switched after that take. For example, if a reporter were to ask one source questions on the left side of the camera, the next source will receive questions on the right. Both sources will have different camera angles as well.

This is all used to keep the audience engaged and it not just be the same set up each frame.

The camera guy was very much an insider to what the career is really like. Missing lunch and being busy all the time are just a couple of examples. He went on to say that some fall short because you have to want it. You really have to want to get the big scoop, write/shoot the scenes and actually go out and get the story. But it’s the stress that makes it all worth it, because once you’re done there’s a huge sigh of relief.

I know that feeling all too well…

My drive will definitely be there based off of what I’ve experienced thus far. I know my high school career was nothing short of difficult.

Glad I had practice at that. I did miss several days of school to go to sporting events. They were all totally worth it, as well! I feel as though maybe I still got a decent taste of reality: you have to prioritize what counts.

I came home really late from football games, missed snack time for basketball games and practically missed a day for tennis and baseball. When soccer went to state this year I missed Government several times to deal with paper work. But during all of this, I still got my work done! I usually spent multiple hours at Starbucks playing catch up during the weekend, but I made it.

With that said, there is more to life than just a casual resume, which I now need to edit. Any career path is about what you’ll bring to the table. How will you change this staff/crew? Do you have decent people skills? Do you know what you want out of this?

Those are just what I’ve noticed in my time there. Because personality is so huge in the reporting industry. You have to adapt to new people and always be flexible in a situation.

I’m excited to work with behind the scene productions and sports today. Finally, something more up my ally! I’ll definitely have an update post here soon!

Is there anyone else working in the shadows for knowledge? What is your experience like so far? What about maybe past experiences?

Saying What I Want…Freedom to Speech

Try to separate them, it’s an illusion. (For those of you who don’t know, it’s a parody of Frank Sinatra’s song Love and Marriage).

My First Amendment rights state that I can do what I want with my words, like make a song reference or interview anyone I want.

I’m a journalist, and it’s what I do best. I’ve been in the game since about my sophomore year, 2013. My journo-mom is one heck of a guide in this little expedition of mine. She has given me crackers and coffee. Oh! Lots and lots of pizza as well. So much pizza that I now only eat it when it’s provided by the journalism department.

I cannot believe how much I’ve changed since being on my staff, and even before then.

My freshman year I started off in an introduction to journalism class. I met some of my favorite people in that class. I actually became a teacher aid for jurno-mom. I get to help out a younger group and I get to (almost) teach what I love doing. I missed a good portion of the First Amendment lesson, and that’s actually one of my favorites. It goes over the basic fundamentals of a journalists’ protection under the Bill of Rights.

Now that I’m older, and have gone through some issues with administration at some point, I think I can handle just about anything. The staff, over the years, has rocked the boat enough to where we could probably pull off anything at this point. As a side note, it’s not a journalist’s job to keep order, but expose hidden messages. We wouldn’t know about the NSA if it weren’t for Edward Snowden. Like kudos to you if you see this! He’s kind of a role model for what true journalism is.

Snowden used his First Amendment rights to keep this country aware of what’s going on in the world. However, there is great responsibility with such power. A journalist should never abuse the rights given to them. Reporting is mainly about balance, being unbiased. Always report both sides and, when on air, don’t attack any given side. Give both a chance to explain themselves. Before I got introduced to journalism, I didn’t know that.

I think I’ve come such a long way. My writing has improved dramatically and the way I view reporting to the public has changed. Any journalists out there? I would like to know some of your experiences and what you do with your First Amendment rights. Or even input on my journey would do.

The Life of a Teenage Journalist

Allow me to begin by saying how much I love my job as a sports editor. I love talking to coaches and other reporters. Most of all, I love linking people at home to the game by Tweeting, putting up Vines, and adding Instagram photos.

I do, however, get caught up in the games. I can sometimes focus too much on one thing and miss a play. Luckily, I can always ask a player who was apart of the play and get a great rundown from a player. They also tend to give an opinion of it, so there’s a conversation starter. Well, that’s distracting but eventually we both end up going to back to our duties.

I have a pretty strong connection with the players and coaches. Which always helps because easy links are better than having to track people down. Finding students, players, or coaches to interview is probably one of the biggest headaches ever. Essentially, a journalist should have connections and getting those should be easy as long as they are outgoing and not afraid to talk to others.

I also think being a very outgoing person makes my job easier. I’m not afraid to find my voice with total strangers. And I think that’s great! I used to be so shy of people. I mean around freshman year I stopped caring about being in the shadows. I belong in the sunshine soaking up rays of diverse people.

My job isn’t a job. It’s something I have greatly enjoyed since the day I started it. I’m only now getting in the swing of things and scoring home run photos (puns intended).