What is next After WHAG

Most people think that interning is a one and done deal. You intern for a time to gain experience in a field for your major and you get a job with who you interned with. That is not how it works. If the company or any other affiliate has an opening, then it is possible to get a job with them. If not, they will keep you in their system as a front-runner for a future position that opens up.Currently, WHAG doesn't have any openings for Production Assistants or any of their specific jobs, like primarily becoming Graphics Op. However, all is not lost. The Production manager, Greg, and I had a decent conversation on the matter. He appreciated my forward thinking and approachable nature towards the idea of possibly getting hired by WHAG (To be honest, I would have talked to him a week sooner, but I couldn't find the right words to say). Greg also said he had...
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What would I be doing if I didn’t Intern with WHAG?

I have a had quite the time here at WHAG while interning. While reflecting on this summer and what has transpired, I have to remember that I almost interned elsewhere for the summer. I wouldn't have been in one city for more than two days, I would be all over the country and I would be out in the hot summer sun with over 150 people. I would have been the web content intern for a Drum and Bugle corps that marches in Drum Corps International...That specific corps just so happens to be the second oldest corps in the activity. Their name is synonymous with success, professionalism, and excellence. I would have been interning for none other than THE CADETS.Copyright YEA! and The Cadets Drum and Bugle CorpsTouring with a drum and bugle corps of this caliber has been a dream of mine since High School. Interning for them and to be able to have the experience of doing that kind...
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CLASSES AND REAL WORLD USE

I have taken the liberty to go at length to mention my COMM 360 course while interning with WHAG this summer for college credit. I have also made mentions to some of my other courses in some other posts, but I haven't really discussed the classes I have taken and what they could lead to when I graduate.I mentioned Advertising and Imagery as a course I have taken in helping to show what its like on Graphics at WHAG. Well, it is true. We were taught Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to help correct proportions for images, fix shadowing issues, create advertisements and even learn some social and economical facts about what drives advertisers to do what they do and create some memorable ads (for better or worse). The same principles apply to making a music video, as I learnt in the Music Video class. We were taught the basic principles and values for making a music video, how society views...
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Benefits and Drawbacks from the two shifts at WHAG

Being able to switch off with my twin, Joshua, halfway through the internship gave us both a look at the differences and similarities of attitudes and styles towards the different jobs we observed and studied while interning. Most applications are similar, the work is different because of the way the shifts fall in with other programs. Morning side, for example, has time split up with the Today Show to have short snippets of stories or weather reports pop in during the extent of the Today Show airing. Usually, we have done the cut ins on our end live, but there were a few cut ins that have to be recorded before hand due to us in the production staff being on break from 9-11 A.M. (like having cut ins at 9:26/9:58/10:26 and 10:58).Working on graphics on morning side in comparison to night side is entirely different in the kind of items you have to take care of. Majority of it...
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Camera Operations: Studio Class V.S. Actual Studio

Comparing and contrasting what I was taught in COMM 360: Studio Production versus what I have learnt so far interning at WHAG, there are a varying amount of comparisons, but also a bountiful amount of differences.Comparisons: information has to be relayed from directors to camera operators to know what to do (that's obvious), signals for camera ops to use to help the show flow smoothly (like wrap the show/segment up, stand-by, etc.), zooming in and out for pushing and pulls into and out of shots, trucking, and camera positions for shots (OTS (over the shoulder), Straight-up, etc.) and proper camera aspect setups using the standard definition box on the camera. Contrasts: White Balancing was taught, but has only been seen in use during setting up of live shots on location for news cast, signals (swinging anchors/reporters from one camera to another), focusing a shot, proper ways to move a camera with extensive cables, making sure you don't tell the anchors/reporters...
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Graphics: The untaught, but already known aspect of Studio Production

The Graphics and the Graphics Operator job in my internship was a job/position that wasn't taught to us in COMM 360, but, thanks to Advertising and Imagery, as well as my general knowledge of photo editing and touch-ups, it is a position that is not as scary or intimidating as it appears at first glance.When I first was told to intern on Graphics, I was only getting two days to work with the CG Op. I was surprised at how much information I was able to retain and learn in those days. iNews by Avid is the program that is used by everyone, from reporters, to directors, to even the anchors for any and all stories and images they need to have in. It is not as overbearing as it seems. A lot of the information was easy to grasp, simple to do, and primarily just going to preset setting that are standard for images to get them to fit...
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Application and Usage of Comm 360 in my Internship

While currently attending Shepherd University, I had the advantage of taking a course called COMM 360: Studio Production. This course was supposed to discuss and give a hands on look into the practices and principles in the business of being apart of a team that runs a studio for news, sports casting, weather, etc. Students are given a look into the on the floor and behind the scenes work that goes into running a show, from operating a camera, to running the audio switcher, to learning directing in some aspects.My experience in the class is something I talk about to whomever I speak to about communications classes. The first half of the year, things were running smoothly and without a hitch. Students were learning and jobs would get switched around day to day, or week to week. About the time of Mid-terms however, is when the ever so prompt phrase "Shit hit the fan" comes into affect.The cameras were not...
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The Switch-over and Reflection

Ah, the time I have been dreading and my twin has been excited for: The time to Switch-over shifts.I will miss night-side. It was a fun going, yet professional and outgoing group of people. I learned a lot from everyone and have been praised by them as one of the best interns they have had. In fact, both Mike Gantt, one of the directors, and Anthony Zan, the Graphics operator, both praised me highly and wished that I didn't have to switch shifts. They want me to be hired on.I am happy and glad to hear such great things from them. I respect them and learned a lot of valuable information on Camera, audio, teleprompter, and graphics.Learning what the CG Operator did at first seemed daunting, but after 3 hours of observing and tinkering around with whatever I was asked to do, I got to run a few of the blocks on Monday, June 22nd by myself. On  Friday, the...
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1st MONTH INTERNING FOR WHAG

   To start, I am thankful for the opportunity to be interning at NBC 25-WHAG. Interning with the studio production team has been a learning experience. I also have to thank my Studio Production class from two springs ago I took. I retained a decent amount from that class, while learning new and exciting skills.   Camera work has been fun and pretty intriguing so far. Talking with the anchors and other production personnel has given me insight into their line of work, as well as a few laughs while waiting for the next cue in from break. I have recently been given the opportunity to run a camera on my own while one of the crew shadows me in case I need assistance in either setting up a shot I am still unfamiliar with, or needing to be in another location quickly.   My next task is to learn how to operate the audio board. I have had a night of...
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