Stacking rundowns and writing stories has become my life and I love every minute of it! This past week my schedule got switched around so I am now putting in three (early) mornings at the station. Because of that I am able to get a lot more hands-on practice and best of all, get feedback from producers.
I am looking forward to next week because I will hopefully get a chance to get some booth experience. Since I have been writing and stacking the live cut-ins that we do during the 3rd hour of the today show, one of the producers wants me to get a chance to do the next step; loading the prompters, setting the time clocks, and all the other fun stuff that goes on behind the scenes in the booth.
I have found that the more I ask for stuff to do the even more they willing to give me. Heck, now they give me stuff to do without event asking! I feel that by stepping up they see that I am up to the challenge and challenge me they do.
I see other interns around the station that are too nervous to ask for something to do, or are nervous to ask for help, but I have found that it’s better to ask a question up front then to sit there for 20 minutes doing nothing. Especially when a lot of the things were are helping with in the newsroom are on a deadline. And like I mentioned before, your work won’t be worth anything, in broadcast especially, if you miss your deadline.
In addition to my days at the station, I am writing for The State Hornet newspaper at California State University, Sacramento. It has definitely been a challenge to jump back and forth between two formats.
Some people might not realize just how different the two media styles are, but they are! Broadcast is more, write the way you talk. It’s like having a conversation. Print writing is more formal and includes more details that are typically shortened or not pertinent enough to make it into a 30 second vo/sot.
I will say that by jumping back and forth between styles has made me look more critically at my writing. For example, making sure my writing is more concise and precise. It is important to be able to tell a story without it being to wordy or have distracting terms.
My goal for this next week is to focus on just that; to be more concise and precise with my writing.
Look for my blog post and the same time next week! I am sure I will have a story to share with you all from the booth.