Greetings Bloggy Friends!
I hope you're having a nice day. What's the weather like where you are? It has been rainy in Philadelphia, but the sky looks promising today. I have a little time before I have to get ready for school, so I thought I'd stop in and do a little more catching up.
I mentioned before that I began an internship at WRTI, a listener-supported radio station here in Philadelphia. I've been there for three weeks now, and I'm enjoying it. I was a little intimidated the first day I walked in, though. When I entered the news room for the first time, there was a paper lying on the desk with my name on it. It was basically a story I had to research, write, and find an interview for - and my deadline was in three hours! I felt a little like I was being tossed in with the wolves, but I went at it full speed ahead. What else could I do? With the help of some of the anchors/reporters, I found my way through it. Now I don't worry so much. I go in, get my story and do what I can to find a good soundbite for the sixty second package. The story is then aired the following day. I have a chance to practice my interviewing skills by talking to a variety of people, on a variety of topics. It's exciting. I know I am gaining a wealth of experience by being here. I appreciate the opportunity so much. If I have to be honest, though, I don't think it's what I want to do when I graduate. The format is a little too "newsy" for me. There is no room for opinion. It's a very dry, straight-forward script. That's just not my cup of tea, but it is good to have the experience.
I go in on Monday and Friday mornings, for three hours at a time. My day usually starts out by calling around to authorities who can provide relevant comments on the stories I am given. I've called the Mayor's office, company executives, congress people, and even the Governor's office. I record the interview, find the best soundbite (also called an "actuality") and write a script around it. In the business, this kind of package is called a "wrap." The actuality is surrounded by text, kind of like a veggie wrap. Get it? I'm really starting to feel like I know what it will feel like to be out of school and out on the job. It's promising!
I hope you all have a great day. Thanks for sharing this time with me.