Intern Blog: It’s been a month already!

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Man! If only I could slow down time. I can’t believe it’s been a month already. The past month has been adventurous, to say the least.

As a news intern, I get to see the best of all worlds. Every day I walk in, there is no set agenda; I never know what the day may entail. This is the part I love about it!

In the field

Last month, I had the chance to work closely with Reporter Kayla Gaskins. From his assigned stories, I set up interviews with local senators to discuss their opinions on Executive Order SB739, signed by Governor Glenn Youngkin. Later that week, Kayla covered a story about a local shooting and I set up an interview with the victim’s family. Kayla gave me experience gathering information for a story under tight deadlines. I am so grateful for her!

A day that I will never forget is going to the field with the 757 “legend”, Journalist Andy Fox. We covered the story of a missing child and had the opportunity to go door to door in the neighborhood to do interviews. Although it was so much fun, I also learned a lot from Andy, who has been in the industry for 36 years.

Just last week, I went out with Larry Carney, who is a photographer, to cover the local rally in support of Ukraine. During the rally, I interviewed local Ukrainians whose families are in their home country. From these interviews, Presenter/reporter Regina Mobley makes a package, which broadcast on the 6 p.m. news.

In the wings

My dream is to work in front of the camera, but it’s also important to know how things work behind the camera. The production team made sure I got the full experience. I had the opportunity to sit down with the producers and the director during the lunchtime show to learn how things work in the control room. Last Wednesday I got to work with Kenisha, who runs the teleprompter during the noon news. I quickly understood how the teleprompter worked and was able to get the teleprompter to work for the second half of the show.

Hampton Roads Show

A different world for me… but I’m glad I had the experience. I was able to speak directly and settle in with another intern, Paxton Coley. I had the opportunity to see how lifestyle shows are conducted, compared to regular newscasts. I was able to connect with guests who were on the show and even eat great food! I am happy to have the opportunity to experience the best of all worlds here at WAVY!

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