While on the treadmill at the gym this morning, I was tuned into "Live with Regis and Kelly." It happened to be a one hour tribute to Regis, as it was his last day on the program. This man has been on television over 995,000 minutes! He has touched the lives of millions of viewers and I think it is safe to say that he will forever be remembered as a television icon. This got me thinking...Although I am not sure what facet of Broadcast Journalism I will settle into, whether it be a producer, director, writer, host, etc., I know that I want to somehow make a difference. It would be quite a stretch to think that I will ever ascertain a career such as legends like Regis, Oprah, or Barbara Walters; however, I want to bring light to the lives of whomever it is I come into contact with throughout my career.
I have great anxiety over the upcoming adventure of finding an internship opportunity/job upon graduation. I have a tendency to doubt my abilities and marketability in such a competitive environment. Yet I know if I stay true to myself, with time and determination, I will find something that draws on my skills, knowledge, and passions.
This semester I have been writing for and anchoring the Friday evening news at ComRadio, which has been a great experience. Through my radio reporting class last year, I found that I really enjoy the producing and directing aspects of broadcasts and ComRadio has allowed me to develop an equal liking for on-air reporting. Additionally, this semester I am enrolled in a Television Broadcast class where I am putting together my own news packages from start to finish. I research and write the story, conduct interviews, film the video, and do all of the editing. While this is a stressful process, it is unbelievably rewarding to see it all come together. At first, I did not think I was actually capable of "one man banding" it, but I proved that notion wrong! I have uploaded to YouTube a few of the news packages I have done thus far and have included the links below. I hope you find these enjoyable and interesting. I would love to receive feedback, if you feel so inclined!