Throughout my first few weeks I have kept an open mind and tried to learn as much as possible, because I’m still not entirely sure what I would like to do when I graduate this December. My plan is to learn as much as I can at channel 5 and gain skills from many different positions, from the news assignment desk to reporting in the field, photographing, producing or writing content and learning about the digital aspect of the job. There are many ways to get involved at the station and I’m budgeting my time in many different roles so that I am able to use that knowledge when it comes time for me to apply for jobs later this year.
I have gone out with reporters in the field working on stories and have listened to their advice and observed how they work and what they do in order to create their stories. Although each reporter works in a different way, picking up different methods will ultimately help me evaluate the way I report. As well as spending time with reporters, I have helped the digital content managers and producers in order to learn about how to take the story and write it as well as clip the story and put it on the web.
It is important to be able to know how the story goes from reporter to the web, because stations are more and more often hiring young reporters who can perform as multimedia journalists. It is essential to be well-rounded in order to make a resume more appealing to potential employers, and my first month I have really focused on learning a little about a lot of these roles.