Helwig Internship Week 1: January 20th & 22nd

During the past couple semester I have taken an interest in the art of broadcasting. To gain more practice in this field I decided to put my application out on the market and apply for internships. After waiting for responses for a while, WESH 2 news in Winter Park accepted me into the program. This past Tuesday I finally started my internship in broadcast engineering and production.

Like I stated before this internship was split into 2 parts, one in the engineering department and the other in the production department so each Tuesday and Thursday I am in two different areas. My shift starts at 11:00AM and ends around 7:00PM each of those days. On my first day, I started out the shift in master control which is the control room for 5 different NBC stations in the area. I shadowed the master control operator for four hours of my shift and learned his duties for the day. These duties include: logging that shows and commercials are playing every 10 minutes, monitoring incoming television shows that are about to be prepped for the air, checking on temp levels of satellites, making sure bugs go on air, and a couple more smaller tasks throughout the day like lining up satellite shots. This job is very important to the television station since commercials are money and if they don’t air, they will not get paid. The second part of the day was spent on the production side for the afternoon news cast. The first month of the internship I will be out on the floor shadowing the floor manager and the robotic camera operator, 2 weeks each. So the second part of the day was spent behind the scenes with the robotic camera operator. What I learned on the first day was how to translate the news script and how to coordinate different shots for the news casts. The script has many abbreviations for shots I have never knew of, so for the 4 hour broadcast I pretty much sat looked at the abbreviation then looked at the camera angle to figure out what it was. This was helpful though so I know what they are in the future right off the bat. Overall, I did a lot of shadowing the first day but I learned a bunch.

The second day was very similar  to the first one, I started out in engineering in the morning then went to production in the afternoon. This time in production I was in master control, but I was learning how to prep shows for 4 hours. Prepping show is the process of breaking down shows so the station can put local commercials in it and put there bug (watermark) on it as well. To do you have to pull the show apart in a linear video editing software called AR. The process involves scrubbing though a bunch of shows then marking in and out points. Along with that, it has to be double checked because once it is done, it could possibly go right on the air. (I have the whole process lined out in my notes.) I spent the 2 hours learning the process and then they actually let me prep shows like Family Guy for the rest of the time. After I was done with prepping then I moved on to production for the rest of the shift. Just like day one, I spent the four hours learning the abbreviations by listening to the headset, looking at the shots, and writing down notes. This might have been a little redundant but practice makes perfect. To conclude the second day was great and I am excited I got to do some hands on work. I can’t wait to learn more next week!

2 thoughts on “Helwig Internship Week 1: January 20th & 22nd”

  1. Jargon is a big part of learning any job. Is the jargon for news / television pretty universal across the USA or do they have station specific lingo?

  2. From what I have noticed the lingo is different from what I have been used to in sports broadcasting. It has been a little bit of a learning curve but once I do learn it, it can be used around the USA.

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