Carpe Diem on a budget

Graduation is right around the corner for some of us, time is running out. And I think I speak for all of us when I say… SLOW THE FU*K DOWN!!! Seriously… I’m freaking out. Whether it’s because you aren’t sure if you’ll get a job in your field, or where you’ll live, or if you’ll ever see your friends again, or you’re afraid your best option after graduation is to jump off a cliff (a metaphorical one, of course)… Either way we are all terrified to soon be leaving the best years of our lives behind us. The 9-5? The “real world?” A husband?! KIDS?!!! How could we be looking forward to this in the wake of the carefree, irresponsible lives we’ve lead thus far? My biggest fear is that I won’t be spending everyday surrounded by the weird, loud, hilariously dysfunctional alcoholics I like to call my best friends. What on earth will I do without them? Maybe we are wrong, maybe the best years are still to come. Old people are always saying “30’s are the new 20’s” or “you’ve got so much to look forward to” or “my kids are my greatest adventure!” (Yeah, I think they’re lying too.) Whether thats true or not will not be determined until years later in 20/20 hindsight. But for now, this very well may be the end. And what do a bunch of 20-somethings do when they fear that a life of somber boredom is only months away? Carpe diem, baby. We start sleeping less and eating out more, drive places, see things, meet people, drink whenever it can be considered semi-appropriate. We make bucket lists, and extravagant spontaneous decisions, and do whatever we can to make these last several months “count.” But I’ll tell you what I’m really counting… my credit card bills. Carpe diem is an expensive lifestyle. Everyone tells you to go on adventures, but no one tells you how much it will cost you. The invention of BuzzFeed sure isn’t helping. “21 things to do before you graduate” and “58 things all seniors wish that had done in college” and “104 things you can’t do once you’re in the real world…” That’s 183 things to accomplish and I guarantee 99% of it will cost money. Well here’s 16 tips on how to try and save a few pennies whilst YOLO-ing your senior year away:

  1. Eat a small meal before you go out to dinner; then just by drinks and split an appetizer
  2. Suggest free activities like the beach or a hike (you may end up doing this one alone)
  3. Try to set a limit on how much you’ll spend a weekend. It won’t work, but you can try…
  4. PREGAME: (for you legal drinkers out there) drink your own alcohol before you head out to save money from buying overpriced drinks downtown. Chances are you’ll buy one downtown anyways but its worth a shot (no pun intended)
  5. Cram as many people into a hotel room as physically possible when going on trips. You may have to sleep on the floor, but you probably only paid $10 a person which is cheaper than renting a camping site (note: think cost/reward on this one… if you get caught it will end up costing you a lot of money you probably don’t have)
  6. When going on long drives, suggest your friend with the Prius drives and save on gas money
  7. Try really hard to never think about sushi. Because once you think about it, you’ll want it. And wanting sushi is pretty much an unstoppable force and you’ll have to get some Unagi stat.
  8. Lemonade stand: its not as cute when you’re in your 20’s but maybe people will take pity on you. Charge $10 a glass.
  9. “Accidentally” forget your wallet at home and see if anyone will pay for you (Venmo really put a damper on this one)
  10. Take advantage of happy hours
  11. When you can’t afford a concert, get some really loud speakers, aggressive lasers, turn off all the lights and stand ridiculously close to one another as you jump up and down. It’s practically the same thing.
  12. Find a dollar theater near you and wait until the movie you want to see plays there
  13. Befriend waiters and bar tenders. Maybe they’ll cut you a deal since you go “way back”
  14. Suggest other forms of payment like a joke or a high-five (nothing sexual, that’s a slippery slope).
  15. Whenever something says FREE FOOD, attend.
  16. Maybe go to Weekend 2 of Coachella… the price difference is absurd! (K but seriously, what is the big deal about weekend 1?)

Whatever you do to try to save money, chances are you’ll probably spend more than you meant to anyways. But the memories you’re making are priceless… right?

A diabetic and her love for leggings

So I am diabetic and I just recently acquired an insulin pump. I’ve avoided them for years because I wasn’t a fan of being attached to a  monitor I would have to find a way to carry around 24/7. I thought about the clothes I wore on a daily basis and realized 95% of the time they didn’t have pockets. Probably because 95% of the time I’m wearing leggings. I mean I practically live in them. Jeans are just so stiff and constricting. Leggings are like an acceptable form of pajamas you can wear in public. But where would I put this thing?  I can’t just tuck it in my waistline, it will probably fall out and/or just look really weird… But the truth is it the pump is an incredibly useful, helpful, simple, and innovative way to manage my diabetes and I had reached a point where it was either give up leggings or cut of my feet… (or something a little less dramatic). The point is, it was high time I make the switch. I ultimately realized that in my 8 years as a diabetic I had hardly had to give up anything for this life-threatening disease. I could still go to school, dance, swim, sleep, even eat almost whatever I wanted. Perhaps I could stand to make just one small sacrifice. You know, for the sake of my wellbeing and all.

About a week before I get the pump I realize something…. THEY MAKE LEGGINGS WITH POCKETS! They’re supposed to be for like athletes or runners or weird people who carry things while they exercise but either way this was the best news yet. The pocket is discretely located in the waistline and is literally the perfect size for my pump. I found a loophole and my leggings and I have been happily ever after ever since.

Come to think of it, every obstacle I’ve run into with this thing I somehow find a way around. A lot of the times I can put the pump into my bra or bandeaux. At night I tuck it into my unicorn pillow pet and spoon that thing all night long so I never get tangled. (Seriously, no matter how much I toss and turn I wake up with him wrapped in my arms.) One of my favorite rompers I just bought has no pockets or hiding places so I bought a roll of gauze and literally strapped it to my waist. Innovation at it’s finest… College man, it must be teaching me something.

This may seem dumb or silly or over-the-top to you… after all they are only stretchy pants. My values should probably go beyond the clothes I can and can’t wear. And they do, I promise. But its the little victories, you know. It’s discovering a juice I love has a sugar-free version, or having low blood sugar in the middle of a candy store, or even finding a way to wear leggings when I thought I never would again. These little wins are my way of sticking it to the Man.

“The Man” being diabetes, of course.

Week 10

August 19 – Well, today was my last week and I planned to spend as much time at KSBY as I could, trying to get the most out of my last week of interning. I arrived at 9am on tuesday and helped Mike produce for as long as I could until work. Here are some of the things I wrote:

  • Insect Eating
    SWARMS OF PEOPLE IN JAPAN ARE BROADENING THEIR TASTE BUDS AT AN INSECT EATING CLUB IN TOKYO.
          THE MENU INCLUDES FRIED CICADAS… WASP LARVAE RICE… AND SMOKED CICADA NYMPHS.
         THE INSECT-EATING FAD BEGAN EARLIER LAST YEAR WHEN THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION POINTED OUT THEIR VARIOUS NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS.
         MANY INSECTS CONTAIN THE SAME AMOUNT OF PROTEIN AND MINERALS AS MEAT… AS WELL AS HEALTHY FATS DOCTORS RECOMMEND IN BALANCED DIETS.
         THE CLUB HAS BEEN SERVING INSECTS SINCE 1999 AND HOSTS SEVERAL FEASTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
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  • Ebola Death Toll
    THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCED TODAY THE EBOLA DEATH TOLL HAS TOPPED 12-HUNDRED PEOPLE.
         MORE THAN TWO-THOUSAND HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED ACROSS FOUR WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES.
         AT LEAST FOUR PATIENTS WHO WERE CONFIRMED AS HAVING EBOLA ARE NOW DISEASE-FREE AFTER UNDERGOING TREATMENT.
         THE FEAR OF OUTBREAK CONTINUES AROUND THE WORLD.
         OFFICIALS IN NIGERIA AND GUINEA SAY THEY’RE TAKING ALL PRECAUTIONS NECESSARY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE.

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  • Israel Gaza Update
     IN NEWS AROUND THE WORLD..
         THE ISRAELI MILITARY CONTINUES TO POUND TARGETS LOCATED INSIDE THE GAZA STRIP TODAY. 
          HUGE BALLS OF FLAME WERE SEEN RISING AFTER MISSILES STRUCK LOCATIONS ACROSS THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORY.
         FIGHTING RESUMED LATE YESTERDAY AFTER EGYPTIAN EFFORTS  COLLAPSED TO MEDIATE A LASTING TRUCE IN THE MONTH-LONG GAZA WAR.
         PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST 20 PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED AND MORE THAN 120 HAVE BEEN WOUNDED JUST SINCE THE TRUCE COLLAPSED.
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  • French Hospital Groundbreaking (hyperlink to online story)
  • Army Golden Knights (hyperlink to online story)

As much as I wanted to stay and booth the show, I had to leave after writing bumps and teases for work. But I had plans to booth the show later that week.

 

August 20 – Today I had the whole day to spend at KSBY. Connie and I did a story on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the angle of ‘the power of social media.’ We spoke to the CEO of Verin Marketing about her thoughts on the challenge and how social media has influenced it’s growth. The basic conclusion was that ALS really hit it on the nose with this one. They used social media to it’s utmost potential and have raised so much awareness and money through it’s power. Then, as a stand-up in her package, Connie did the ice bucket challenge and nominated the anchor, Jeanette. It was a fun day at the office, pouring buckets of ice water on everyone’s head. I was glad I was there for all that. I helped Mike booth the show at 5 but left during the last commercial break to pour ice water on the anchor John’s head as well. 

 

August 21 – My last day! I worked all morning so I didn’t get to KSBY until around 3pm. It wasn’t a lot of time but I just wanted one last chance to produce a show so I got there just in time to write some bumps. Then I helped Kathy with the Puppy pet tales and the Woods Humane Society brought in chihuahua-Doxin, 3-month-old puppies. It was a real treat to spend the afternoon with them. I boothed the show at 5, said my goodbyes and promised I’d be back to visit and hopefully intern again in the winter or spring!

 

I learned so much during the internship. It was really great getting to see what my future career path will look like in motion. I could see myself in so many different positions in a newsroom. Definitely either reporting or producing were my favorites. All the KSBY employees are so nice and helpful, I was lucky to be studying under them. A special thanks to Connie, for letting me trudge along with her on countless stories, and Mike, for giving me so much of the reigns during the show and trusting I wouldn’t get you fired.🙂 Thanks for everything, and I can’t wait to come back!

 

 

Week 9

August 13 – Today I arrived at the newsroom at 9am to help Mike produce for the day. I spent some time on VOD picking out stories for the rundown and then went to the 9:30am meeting. A bunch of story ideas we’re thrown out about the recent incident with DSP and the football team but nothing solid to go on.

I wrote a bunch of VOs and VOSOTs today. Here are some links to my work:

And here is a story I wrote that wasn’t put online about how Asprin may have health benefits to breast cancer patients:

AN EVERY DAY, OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG MAY HELP BREAST CANCER PATIENTS AVOID RELAPSE.
     A NEW STUDY FOUND THAT ASPRIN HELPS REDUCE INFLAMMATION IN TUMOR CELLS… AND PREVENTS THEM FROM GROWING AND SPREADING.
     A SURVEY OF MORE THAN 400 PATIENTS SHOWED ASPRIN USERS HAD A 52-PERCENT LOWER RATE OF RECURRENCE.
     THOSE WHO DID RELAPSE HAD A 28-MONTH DELAY BEFORE THE CANCER RETURNED.
     THIS WAS FOUND MOST EFFECTIVE IN OBESE AND OVERWEIGHT WOMEN WITH HORMONE-RELATED FORMS OF BREAST CANCER.

I then wrote some bumps and web scripts, logged some interviews, and headed out at around 3pm for work at my other job.

August 14 – Today I had the whole day to spend at KSBY so I was anxious to work on a story with Connie, and see it from start to finish. I got to the newsroom around 9am and asked Connie if she knew what she was doing. Today we were tackling the DSP story. For those of you who don’t know, here is a little background. A group of 5 football players broke into the DSP fraternity main house a few days ago. They held the students at gun point. The rest of the story you can see by clicking on the link below and watching the package!

Once we had our story assignment, Connie and I started making some calls. Since there were speculations that the prescription drug, Xanax, was involved, we were doing the story from that angle and looking for students to ask about what they know about the drug and the recent increase in it’s recreational abuse. We headed to DSP just to see if any of the members had anything else to add or update us on the case’s development. They didn’t, but they did express their frustration with the fact that this is being turned into a drug scandal, when they are the victims. I thought that was understandable. But Connie and I stuck to our story and headed to campus to find students to talk to. The first couple students we asked about Xanax didn’t seem to have any clue what it was or why people would take it at a party. Finally we found a girl who knew some people who had experimented with Xanax and we got a good interview out of her. Then we headed over to the Sierra Vista Hospital and interviewed a doctor about the effects and dangers of mixing this drug with alcohol. Then we headed back to KSBY and I logged all the interviews.

After a quick lunch, Connie wrote out her story and got it approved by Katherine, the Executive Producer. Then we headed back into the bay and I got to watch her track her story, pull quotes, cut and layer the B-roll and put the rest of the story together. A lot of it was familiar to me since I have taken Jour 353 before, a class at Cal Poly in which the students are reporters and we put on a news cast every week. But she used a different program and was a lot faster than I ever was. I could see she was using tricks and tools I had learned in different classes, such as “say dog, see dog,” which means the video layered over the interview or voice-over matches what is being said. After we finished I even went with Connie to her Live Shot at the Cal Poly campus. I held the reflector that shines the light on her face so she wouldn’t be shaded even at the strange angle we had to shoot from so you could see Cal Poly in the background. We also had to do it in the Grand Parking Structure because with the tools KSBY has, there are only certain places you can go live from. They are looking into getting new, better equipment. It was really cool to see the story from start to finish; from the concept to the live package. To see the full story, click on this link: http://www.ksby.com/news/investigation-into-alleged-cal-poly-football-player-involved-robbery-continues/

Week 8

August 6 – Today I arrived at the news station at 9am. I looked over the news casts a bit, wrote some stuff, and then headed to the morning meeting. There was a big story in the works with a high school teacher at Paso High who had sex with a 16 year-old student. His trial was the day before and he plead not guilty. KSBY wanted to run a story on the trial today but needed a fresh new angle. They planned to send Connie to Paso to try and confront him and she asked me to go with her. We found his address on White Pages and headed up to Paso Robles.

Our plan was to literally knock on his door and see if he would tell us anything, literally anything, about his story. Even if he slammed the door in our faces, it would still make pretty good video. We drove all the way out there and pulled up to his house only to find he had a big property with a long driveway and a big locked gate keeping us from going anywhere near his front door. There was no intercom or anything, we were out of luck. We sat outside his place a little trying to decide what to do. We called the news room and they suggested with leave a business card and a note telling him where he could contact us. We did this and then headed to the High School’s District Office to see if we could talk to anyone there. We also fired off an email to Mr. Monn’s lawyer to see if he had anything to say.

The district office was pretty unhelpful. They sent us on a goose chase to find their media person, a man named Ashley, only to find out he had already left for the day. It wasn’t even noon. Sounds like a nice job. Then they gave us a statement saying Mr. Monn was fired from the High School and sent us on our way home.

So the story was pretty unsuccessful and with no soundbites or quotes we had to turn it into a VO. But when we got back to the newsroom Connie had gotten a reply from Jeremy Monn’s lawyer it said something along the lines of, ‘as long as you’re stalking around outside my client’s house, I have nothing to say to you…’ it turns out Mr. Monn had seen us in a big News truck outside his house and called his lawyer. Awkward. I took off shortly after that around 3pm.

Here is the final story: http://www.ksby.com/news/teacher-accused-of-having-sexual-relationship-with-student-due-in-court/

 

August 8 – Today I came in at 9 with plans to stay in the studio and help produce. After the meeting I went on VOD and helped Mike pick with NBC stories to run for the 5 o’clock news show. Then I spent the rest of the morning rewriting those stories or cutting them down from packages into VOs. I wrote a story about Lone Star Ticks:

IN TONIGHT’S HEALTHY LIVING…
THE LONE STAR TICK HAS RECENTLY BEEN MAKING IT’S WAY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES… ALONG WITH AN INCREASE IN MEAT ALLERGIES.

THE TICK IS USUALLY FOUND IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE U-S.
DOCTORS HAVE NOTICED MANY OF THEIR PATIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN BIT… SUDDENLY DEVELOPING MEAT ALLERGIES.
THE LONE STAR TICK AND RED MEAT SHARE A COMMON SUGAR THAT IS NOT FOUND IN HUMANS.
IT’S FINE WHEN PEOPLE EAT IT… BUT WHEN IT’S INTRODUCED TO THE BODY AS A TICK BITE… IT TRIGGERS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
THE ONLY WAY TO STOP SYMPTOMS… IS TO AVOID RED MEAT.

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I wrote a story about parents texting and driving:

PARENTS MAY WARN THEIR KIDS TO STAY OFF THE PHONE WHILE DRIVING… BUT A NEW STUDY SHOWS THEY MAY BE PART OF THE PROBLEM.
MORE THAN HALF OF 400 TEENS SURVEYED SAID THEY TALKED ON CELL PHONES WITH THEIR MOM OR DAD WHILE DRIVING.
MANY SAID THEIR PARENTS GET ANGRY WHEN THEY DON’T ANSWER THE PHONE… EVEN IF THEY ARE BEHIND THE WHEEL.
THE YOUNG DRIVERS ALSO SAID THEIR OWN PARENTS USE CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING.
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And most of the C block. Then I did a few bumps and unfortunately had to take off for the day around 1 because I had work. I think I am getting much better and faster at writing, which Doug, the news director, has told me is a great skill to have as a future producer.

 

Week 7

July 28 – Today I arrived at the news station around 2pm with plans to help Mike produce the 5pm news show. I helped write bumps and a couple VOs and VOSOTs, a couple headlines, and before I knew it it was time for the show. Mike let me wear the headset and time the show again but 5 minutes before the top of the show, all the live shots started cutting out. Lili was live in a dried up lake bed and the bottom part of her shot was lagging. We fixed this by throwing the camera on a tripod and having Lili stay completely still so you couldn’t see the shot glitching. Jason’s live shot kept going black. We tried resetting it several times but it kept going in and out. As the show was starting we were playing it by ear and just waiting to see if we could fix it by the time his live shot came up. In case it didn’t, Mike had written a toss and tag he could throw in the rundown that would cut Jason’s live shot out last minute. 30 seconds before his live shot, the video cut out again. Mike pulled his live and threw in the new script. It ended up going pretty smoothly and it was really impressive how he pulled it all together so last minute. I had the head set on so I just tried to keep everyone updated on our last minute decisions. The rest of the show went smoothly and they managed to fix all the live shots in time for the 6 o’clock show.

July 31 – Today I went and shot a story with Connie in Atascadero. A group called Friends of Atascadero Lake are finalizing plans to fill the lake with well water from a private resident and pipe it 11 miles to the lake. Obviously a lot of people had a problem with this seeing as we are in the midst of a terrible drought. We first went to the Atascadero Mutual Water Co. to talk about the issue. Apparently the group came to them asking for permission to do this water transfer. It is actually illegal to transfer water from private property to other private properties. But the Water company made an exception for the group since they were transferring the water to a public lake to benefit the community. The company said while they did make this exception, it has nothing to do with their feelings about the groups plan. With the rate at which well water can be transferred and the rate at which the lake water is evaporating, they said they think the plan is unfeasible. But the company plans to move forward anyway, Next we went to the property where the well was being built and spoke with a member of the group on the property. He basically said they weren’t planning on wasting water filling the entire like, but merely adding bits of water throughout the year so it would be sustained at an appealing level. It ended up being a bit of a controversial story with many different sides and we did our best to report on it unbiasedly. Here is how the story came out:
http://www.ksby.com/news/group-of-residents-want-to-save-atascadero-lake-by-adding-water-despite-drought/

We also ran into a bit of trouble on the man’s property because as we were trying to find the house we ended up driving in circles and freaking out the owner. He came out telling us to get off his property. We nicely explained what we were doing there and he calmed down. Oops!

I transcribed all the interviews and left the newsroom around 4pm that day.

 

Week 6

July 21 – This week I really tried to focus on producing. The first thing I did when I got in around 9:30am (after the meeting of course) was start looking over the Vod website. Since KSBY is an NBC affiliate, and there is not enough local news in San Luis Obispo to fill the news shows, a lot of times producers scroll through NBC national stories and drop them in their shows. So Mike asked me to look through them, find current ones, and send him any I thought would be interesting. I really enjoying picking content for the show. It was cool to try and decide what people would think is interesting/newsworthy/important. Then I began writing scripts for different stories.

Salvation Army: http://www.ksby.com/news/santa-maria-salvation-army-hosts-first-ever-saturday-community-lunch/

Washington Wildfire: http://www.ksby.com/news/destructive-washington-wildfire-balloons-in-size/

Cuesta Welding Team: http://www.ksby.com/news/try-out-welding-at-mid-state-fair/

Meteorite Caught On-Cam:

       A POSSIBLE METEORITE WAS SEEN FALLING FROM THE SKY IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA.
     YOU CAN SEE A FLASH OF LIGHT ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN…
     THE DRIVER RECORDED INCIDENT WITH A  DASHCAM… LATE LAST NIGHT.
     ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY… THERE WERE MORE        THAN THREE DOZEN REPORTS ALL ALONG THE EAST COAST OF PEOPLE SEEING THE SAME THING THAT NIGHT.
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It was a day full of desk work but all exciting and interesting. Learning more and more about producing.

July 22: Today pretty much went the same as the day before. Pulled stories from VOD, wrote a bunch of bumps and headlines and teases and tags etc. Not as many stories as yesterday but here is some stuff that I worked on.

Flights to Tel Aviv Cancelled: http://www.ksby.com/news/faa-tells-us-airlines-not-to-fly-to-tel-aviv/

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS *NOT* ALLOWING U-S AIRLINES TO FLY TO ISRAEL.
{***JEANETTE***}
     THE F-A-A DECISION COMES AFTER A HAMAS ROCKET EXPLODED NEAR THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN TEL AVIV.
THE NOTICE ONLY APPLIES TO U-S AIRLINES SINCE THE F-A-A HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER CARRIERS FROM OTHER NATIONS.
     THE BAN IS IN EFFECT FOR 24 HOURS … AND THE F-A-A WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND EVALUATE THE SITUATION.
     IT WILL THEN DECIDE IF FLIGHTS CAN RESUME.
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Favorite Charity Competition:

     WE’VE TEAMED UP WITH PG&E TO PUT ON THE FIRST EVER *YOUR FAVORITE CHARITY* ON THE CENTRAL COAST.     
     A DISTINGUISHED PANEL OF JUDGES HAVE SELECTED 22 APPLICANTS OUT OF ABOUT 150 NOMINATIONS TO BE VOTED ON FOR SEVERAL DIFFERENT CATAGORIES.
     CATAGORIES INCLUDE COMMUNITY… EDUCATION… ENVIRONMENT… AND GENERAL INTEREST.
     EACH CATAGORY WINNER WILL RECEIVE TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH AN OVERALL GRAND PRIZE OF TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR AND THE TITLE *YOUR FAVORITE CHARITY.*
     VOTING BEGINS TODAY AND GOES THROUGH FRIDAY.
     YOU CAN VOTE ONLINE WITH ONE VOTE PER I-P ADDRESS PER DAY.

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China Meat Scandal:

A CHINESE MEAT PRODUCER ALLEGEDLY SOLD EXPIRED MEAT TO MCDONALDS… K-F-C.. AND PIZZA HUT CHAINS IN CHINA.
THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND THE SHANGHAI FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION SUSPENDED THE COMPANY’S OPERATIONS.
     MCDONALDS CORP AND YUM BRANDS… THE OWNER OF K-F-C AND PIZZA HUT… STOPPED USING MEAT FROM THAT COMPANY IMMEDIATELY.
     THEY PLAN ON CONDUCTING THEIR OWN INVESTIGATION.

Casino Bank Robbery:

THE MANHUNT IS ON FOR TWO MEN WHO ROBBED A CASINO IN ATLANTIC CITY YESTERDAY MORNING.
INVESTIGATORS SAY MORE THAN 180-THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS STOLEN FROM CAESAR’S.
     ONE OF THE ROBBERS PULLED A GUN BEFORE THEY MADE OFF WITH TWO PLASTIC CASH BOXES.
     OFFICERS HAVEN’T RELEASED DESCRIPTIONS OF EITHER ROBBER.
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A lot of these stories aired live but didn’t make it to the web so I just copied and pasted the scripts I wrote. I wish you could see it with the video and anchors, etc.

So that is pretty much what I’ve been up to this week as an intern. I spent all my time in the studio trying to learn more and more about the behind-the-scenes stuff. Next week I plan to continue with that trend. Thanks for tuning in!

Week 5

This week I was only able to intern one day because of work so I spent the entire day there. I came in at 9am, went to the morning meeting at 9:30am, and then went out on a story with Connie. We went out to Pismo because the daybreak anchor saw a sprinkler on the way to work (at around 3am) with a bunch of water runoff into the street. In the midst of this painstaking drought, where the city is ordering us to be more conservative with all our water use, shouldn’t they be doing the same? When we went out to the site we found that it was a small center divide plant under a stop sign with 4 sprinkler heads for the one area. We basically stood in the middle of the street getting shots of the area.

For our human element we started stopping people on the street and asking how they felt about the situation. A lot of people weren’t very willing to talk but we eventually ended up miking up a nearby cafe owner. He was very helpful and gave a great interview. Then we headed back to KSBY and logged the interview.

After lunch Connie had a meeting with some city manager official so she could confront them about the problem. The interview was awkward and their answer was kind of political but the whole process of covering a story like this was very interesting.

I really liked the way Connie ended up putting the package together. The story didn’t have a lot of B-roll opportunities so I was impressed with the visualization she was able to create in the story.

Here is the final package: http://www.ksby.com/news/video-of-leaky-spinklers-gets-leaked-city-of-pismo-beach-explains/

Then I stuck around and helped the producers some more before heading home around 6pm. It felt like a full work day.

Week 4

July 8 – Today I started off the day around 9am with the intention of staying in the studio and helping Katie produce the 6 o’clock show so I started out writing VOs and VOSOTs. I wrote a script for a beach clean-up event. Here is the link to the online finished product: http://www.ksby.com/news/volunteers-to-clean-up-pismo-beach-after-celebrations/

I also wrote a script for a new website called CHEATERS which allows citizens to turn in out-of-state license plates straight to CHP so they can be fined for being improperly registered drivers. I don’t know if the story was every put online because I couldn’t find it on the website but here is the final script that I just copied and pasted from the Rundown:

California Highway Patrol is cracking down on out-of-state license plates with a new website called *cheaters*

It stands for *Californians Help Eliminate All The Evasive Registration Scofflaws*

You can report out-of-state license plates directly to CHP.

Officers estimate the state loses $10 Million a year because of improperly registered drivers.

You must exchange your plate within 20 days of moving here, or face hundreds of dollars in fines.

After I wrote these, I heard Connie talking about how she was headed up to a winery to do a story on a local vineyard and how they are coping with the drought. I thought it sounded interesting so I asked if I could come along. We headed up to Arroyo Grande and talked to a husband, wife, and two kids about how they are getting along with business in the drought. It turns out they are getting by due to their smaller market and local customer base, allowing them to require less water and less dependency on their wells. We got a lot of good B-roll of the vineyard and the adorable little house they live on. It was difficult to get good footage of the family interacting because their daughter was very camera shy and they all felt a little awkward trying to act natural while being filmed. It was understandable but I thought Connie did a great job dealing with the situation and still managed to get a couple good shots of them looking natural. Here is the link to the final video package: http://www.ksby.com/news/arroyo-grande-winery-utilizes-low-amounts-of-water-for-irrigation/

After that I helped her transcribe the package and we discussed different shots we could use and different ways to put the package together. Then I headed home for the day at around 3.

July 10 – Today I came in to the studio a bit later because I wanted to be here and watch a show being produces. I showed up around 2pm and immediately started helping the producers. I wrote bumps for both Mike and Katie, the 5 o’clock and 6 o’clock news producers, respectively. Then Mike had me help him time out the show and do a read through, write some readers or VOs, etc. He also let me pick the stories I was bumping so I had a lot of fun with that.

Before I knew it it was 5 o’clock and we were in the studio getting ready to produce the show. It was a lot of fun seeing how all the behind-the-scene stuff works and I watched him make sure the show is on track. He let me wear the headset and I was able to give the anchors the ques they needed to hear to keep the show running smoothly. It was a really cool experience and I think I will spend more time now learning about the producing side of a newsroom.

Over all the show went great and I left around 6pm.

Week 3

This week was the week leading up to the Fourth of July so half the stories in every broadcast had something to do with parades, celebrations, fireworks, etc. I went in on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

July 2: While most of the morning meeting was focused on Fourth of July and different stories we could tell about it, I ended up working with Lili on a story about strawberry fields and the issues currently arising with the “Strawberry Breeding Battle” in San Luis Obispo county. New varieties are needed every 7 or 8 years for strawberry growers to stay a float. SLO county has always gotten their varieties from researchers up at UC Davis. But with recent threats of those researchers moving, and taking their patents with them, local growers could be in trouble. We headed all the way out to Santa Maria to talk to a local grower Darren Gee about struggles he may be facing. He was eclectic and fun to talk to. He took us through some of his crops and had a real passion for strawberries. Lili focused on getting a lot of good B-roll by getting off the tripod and moving through the crops with them. She got down on and got on the level of the crops to make the story as visual as she could.

Meanwhile, Cal Poly is starting a strawberry sustainability program so we headed to campus to see what the Agriculture College is working on and what progress they’ve made. We talked to the Communications Director because most of the students who were knowledgeable about the program are home for the summer. She was as helpful as she could be but wasn’t really a great source for the story. Lili got the best quote she could from it and just used the Cal Poly angle to help localize the story I think.

Then we headed back to the studio and logged the interviews. We talked about SOTs she was going to use and how she was planning on putting the video together.

Here is a link to the final package: Strawberry Breeding Battle

I headed home around 3:30 that day.

 

July 3: Today I showed up again at 9am with intentions of staying in the studio and learning about the producing process. The 6 o’clock producer, Katie Ferber, let me stick with her and help her all day. She told me about how she spends the first half of the day organizing the show and pulling stories from NBC (KSBY is a NBC affiliate) to help fill the hour. She makes a skeleton of the show including how long she thinks the stories reporters are working on will be so she can figure out if she has enough content to fill the day. It seems like a very stressful job.

Then she waits for people to turn in stories and packages and adds them to the rundown. She is in charge of writing all the VO’s, some VOSOTs, many times she writes the tosses and tags to packages, so she ends up filling out a lot of content herself throughout the day. This is what I helped a lot with today. I wrote a lot of stories about the Fourth of July activities taking place along the central coast as well as a story about a local girl scout troop’s donation, local youth baseball talent, and an annual hot dog eating contest in NYC. After I write them she would look at the and edit them and then drop them in the newscast. Seeing her edits and changes was a great learning experience to help me become a better writer. I am also pretty slow at writing stories so I need practice getting faster and efficient if I ever want to be a producer.

Here are links to the final stories I helped write for the news cast posted on the website:

Fourth of July Events Across the Central Coast

Girl Scout Troop Makes Pillow Cases for Cancer Patients

Santa Maria Boy Headed to MLB Competition

Hot Dog Eaters Weigh-in on Even of Famed NY Contest

While going out in the field is a lot of fun, I felt like a contributed a lot more work while helping Katie that day. I headed home around 3 that day.

Until next week….

(P.S- you may have noticed I skipped week 2… I was on vacation in Mexico and did not intern at all that week but am making up the hours sporadically throughout the internship program)