Day 3: Starting to settle in

Let me begin tonight by thanking the growing number of you who take time to stop in and read about my daily happenings. I appreciate the comments and feedback I receive. Please continue to add ideas and suggestions for future posts. I’m starting to feel that I’m developing  a routine, not that it is necessarily a bad thing. My daily trek to work is increasingly amusing. Each day builds upon previous instances, like a soap opera.

Sometimes I see the same people, but usually it’s a relatively interesting crowd. I’m becoming very proud of the amount of money I am saving on gas. I can’t stress enough the need for mass transit like this is many other cities. Dallas hit the nail on the head with this one.

Today I started the day searching the Associated Press wires for interesting stories to turn a package from. I got a few leads, but then moved on to doing research on a project for my mentor, David Schechter. I also learned how to add video to the server. This is basically taking video from a tape, and transferring it to an electronic source so that it can be edited.

As I said before,  I’m looking forward to learning  as much about the business as I can from David. After watching him talk with several people, he’s really sharpened his interviewing skills. He knows exactly how to craft his questions to produce a solid answer from the interviewee. I’ve identified a very talented photographer at the station, whom I hope to spend some time picking his brain. I think today some reporters have forgotten the importance of solid images to fit symbiotically with the written word.

Photographer Doug Burgess is very meticulous when it comes to his work. He puts forth effort to find creative shots, whether using adjusted lighting or extreme  angles. He uses the camera lens to mold a visually interesting, yet accurate portrayal of the scene of action.

I’m interested to hear what “tips and secrets” he may have, because a reporter and a photographer must have a strong professional relationship that is based on communication to be successful journalists.

I would love to share with you several of the stories I’ve been assisting David with this week, but for the sake of professionalism, as well as the fact that many of these stories have not aired yet, I cannot discuss them at this time. We’re working on some really fascinating and creative stories, so keep it “tuned,” as I will blog about them when it is possible.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is unbelievably large, in case you didn’t already know. I’m so thankful that I was already relatively familiar with the area prior to this internship. I’m planning to learn as much about the city as possible, to prepare myself for moving to a new community when I actually join the workforce.

Make your Thursday a great one!

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the corporation and employees of WFAA-TV, Belo Corp., or Northwestern State University.  They are solely the opinion of the author.  All content © Copyright 2007 Lane Luckie

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2 responses to “Day 3: Starting to settle in

  1. Glad to see all is going well, keep up the great work and I will need a full report when you get back. Have a great summer and I’ll keep reading your blog each week.

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  2. I enjoy your blog every day when I get home from school. Obviously you’re having an extremely successful internship, and I am so pleased about that.
    Keep on blogging, and keep on learning. You’ll have to share with everyone when you get back.

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