Since I have any extra day of my internship each week than most people do, I decided that I wanted to use that day to experiment in each of the other apartments on Fridays, my extra days. I’m really excited to be able to use this opportunity to expand my understanding of the news industry as a whole. Though I am thoroughly enjoying the lifestyle department and my interest grows everyday, I think it will be interesting to see what goes on in other departments like promotions, news, production, etc. And who knows, I may just discover that that’s where I prefer more (I’m doubting it though).
This past Friday was my first experiment day, and I decided to sit in on the assignment desk and control room for Daybreak, the 4:30am news. I had to get there at 3:15am, and it was definitely a completely different vibe being there 5 hours earlier than usual. Despite being extremely tired, I feel like I did learn a lot. It was interesting seeing the hustle of a live filming. Eightwest and Maranda Where You Live, the two shows I work with, are made to look live, but are actually aired a couple hours after they are filmed, so I hadn’t been exposed to the on-your-feet thinking that is necessary for a live broadcast. When I was sitting in the control room in the middle of the broadcast, one of the reporters was told she could not be on the property they were filming on, a location necessary for the story. So they had to adapt and try to figure out the next best plan of action. It was really cool seeing how they worked together as a team to re-arrange the stories to give them time and to figure out that solution.
I really enjoyed my time that morning. Though I definitely prefer the content and time slot of the lifestyle programming, I know that realistically, starting out in news, it’s likely that I will get a less than ideal time slot like 3 am, so the exposure was nice. Also, I was sure to make a good impression on the talent and crew there to ensure that I could potentially be making some extra valuable connections that would not have been possible had I just stuck with my normal day to day lifestyle duties.