Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ends and Beginnings

So last week. End of my internship, and beginning of me last year (probably) at Westminster. Now that my kind of cryptic title is explained, let's look at this closer.

Firstly, the internship. I decided ahead of time not to make such a big deal about finishing it. I mean, I was the intern, no big deal, they'd not be missing me for too long. Well, I was floored when I left. EVERYone in that newsroom was really nice in wishing me well, and complimenting me about what I had done there. Now I don't intend to be self-congratulatory there, I know I could have done better in some places, but I got some nice send-offs from people there, even from those I hadn't done as much with. So (in no real order) Whitney, Dave, Joe, JP, Roxann, Maggie, Marty, Herb, and all the rest, thanks so much for making my internship better than I had ever hoped for.

And now I'm back for my last year at Westminster. I'll be diving back into my broadcasting work with a new energy for life, knowing I have a field to get into, and goals that I DEFINITELY want to work for. Also, my fraternity is diving into the year and we have a new energy there as well, which I definitely will try to be a bigger part of this time around. Capstone begins today, so it all begins again.

More from the crazy college broadcaster's world later!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

This is it...

Wow, it's hard to believe but my time at my internship is rapidly coming to an end. Last weekend was my last Saturday there and boy was it a cool one. I went out on stories with a solo photog, Jamie, and had a blast, we got a quick VO at YSU's Summer Commencement ceremonies, which wasn't exactly exciting, but going out solo was fun.

After that we headed out to Wick Park (still in Youngstown) where a local church and its supporters were giving away backpacks to underprivileged kids from the area. This was the best part of the day: Since we only sent a photog (who was actually employed) I ended up doing all the interviewing for the VOSOT we made of it. Channel 33 actually sent a photog AND reporter, Jackie Preston to the event.

Now, let me explain something here: I'm well aware that I can't actually get on the air as an intern due to union rules, and that's fine by me. But it felt absolutely awesome to basically be in the same position as an honest-to-goodness reporter. As we were driving away from the park, I couldn't help but think to myself, "This is it... this is what I need to be doing."

I only have two more days left in my internship, tonight and tomorrow, but this past weekend gave me just the kind of boost that I need to push through the last day.

It's good to finally KNOW what you want your future to look like. now comes the hard part. To steal a line from Star Trek's Patrick Stewart, now it's up to me to "make it so."

Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

One crazy week...

It's blog time again!

So this week has been a bit wild, to say the least. Saturday I was out all day on stories at WKBN with Herb Tinsley, and we hit every county that's in the viewing area, except for one. We made up for that however, by going to BUTLER County instead for the memorial service of the woman and her two daughters who were killed in Connecticut. The mother has her roots back here in that area so we went out to localize that story a bit.

Then Monday hit, and it marks the beginning of a week in which I will likely not stop for much time at all. After working my usual shift at Titan Radio during the day, I went to the Lawrence County Fair with Pam to open up our fair coverage for the first day. This is Health and Wellness Week on Titan Radio, which means we'll be having a few bits about health-related topics, and since the people at the Jameson Health System booth are sharing their space with us, we have a lot about their programs as well.

I ended up staying late at WKBN last night as well, since I was working on editing my own version of a package that I went out on earlier that day. I don't know how it turned out necessarily, but I'm sure I'll get some feedback waiting for me by the time I get back there on Saturday, which will ALSO be a crazy day, since I have to book it back to the Lawrence County fair again afterwards for the last day of our fair remote with Titan Radio.

That's about all I have for now, there's a rant going on down the hall, and I have news writing to get back to!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

This is what I live for...

So it's been a while since I last posted but today was a post-worthy day. I went out on a story today with John Paul, which turned into two stories on the night, all on the South Side of Y-town. First one was a house fire. I'm beginning to see a pattern here: half the time I've gone out with JP, we've ended up at a house fire.

After that we got word of a shooting a few blocks away, so we hoof it down to that street to take a look and see what's going on. Turns out that we spent what had to be a good half-hour, not counting the time we left and then came back for, to get not too much from the story. It was still interesting seeing how the police conduct the investigations. Eva Mastromatteo from 33 was actually at BOTH of these stories, so I got to talk to her a little bit as well The shooting has turned into a homicide now, though, so we'll have to see where this comes out.

Meanwhile back at the home base, Titan Radio is gearing up for a week out at the Lawrence County Fair, and I'm getting excited for it already. I'll be out at the remote for the first and last days we're there, and it should be fun. We're also sharing a booth with the Jameson Health System as part of what we're calling our Health and Wellness Week. Should be fun!

And now the sad news. My car, faithful (and loud) though it may have been has its days numbered. It failed inspection miserably, and so now I'm scrambling for a new car. I have a lead or two, so hopefully one of them will pan out. Anyway, about time for me to head out... more later!