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.

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?