I was very pleased with how my Buddy Check 7 piece turned out! It was a great PKG to end with because it was especially challenging. My obstacles were making medical jargon understandable by the general audience, color correcting (always white balance!), and working with limited shots. 

The day of the shoot, there was confusion as to where I was meeting with the hospital's PR. Turns out I went to the completely wrong building haha. I needed to go to the cancer research center and I was at the hospital. So, I was in a hurry to set up my equipment and was using a new tripod..that I wasn't exactly sure how it worked haha and forgot to white balance (white balancing recognizes the true color of white and adjusts all other colors). We were under terrible fluorescents in a small room as well so that didn't help. When I went to edit, I crossed my fingers and hoped that it would be okay but all shots had a yellow hue? No, were completely yellow haha. I had to color correct each shot. Everyone said the color looked good in the end so I was happy haha.  

I spoke with a doctor who was incredibly intelligent about the clinical trials, only he had trouble putting it into terms that I could understand. It was all very interesting and in the end, I was able to translate the doctor's medical terms into something easily understood. 

After all the stuggles, I was very happy with the finished product! And I will NEVER forget to white balance again haha. POA: Even when it looks like a piece is going nowhere and you're frustrated, keep going and make the absolute best of what you have...or if you have time go re-shoot it!

I have been given the opportunity and responsibility to complete the Buddy Check 7 package for the month of May! This is what I will be working on for the next few weeks.  Every month on the 7th KWWL airs a package that is breast cancer related to remind women to do their monthly self exam. I will be focusing on a clinical trial in the works. I don't have much information on the trial yet though. I am excited to have a package air! 
I am getting more and more intertwined in the news business. Instead of being home for Easter I spent it with a reporter doing a story on the Empowerment Movement. It was an experience I have never had and will never forget it! We went to an area African American church to get footage on African American people registering to vote. 

Over 5 million African Americans are not registered to vote and the empowerment movement is hoping to decrease that by 1 million over Easter weekend. We talked with the Pastor and a man who registered to vote that day. The reporter I went with taught me a lot that day about how to approach a story like this.
Last week I worked on setting up my first PKG on the Hawkeye Community College Career Fair. I met some great people who helped me with everything I needed. I took an economical angle to my story and talked to some career service employees about what fields they see more and more students going into. After getting their responses I went and talked with people in those fields. Manufacturing and health care are really seeing great job outlooks in the coming years.

I noticed that there were so many businesses there looking to hire so I talked with them about that as well. They said they invited many businesses and then had many more contact them asking if there is room for them because they need to hire. This was a good sign for the economy in Iowa.  

I edited a VOSOT for the 10 o’clock show and am working on a PKG for my reel. Hopefully I will figure out how to get some video on my website without actually paying to do it haha. Stay tuned!!

Today was a great day at KWWL! I got away from my desk and went out with a reporter to work on a PKG on the Black Hawk County Health Department's efforts in the I-WALK program. They are partnering with the Cedar Falls Community School District, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa State University Extension to conduct the I-WALK program, a Safe Routes to School project at Lincoln Elementary. Its a cool program that promotes kids walking or biking to school. We talked with several people and got b-roll of her and her son walking. When we returned to the station I observed her putting the PKG together. POA: Always watch how different people do things, everyone has something unique to teach you.  

I like watching different reporters edit because everyone does it differently and I can learn something from every one of them. I learned so much today and am excited to produce my first PKG on Wednesday. I will be covering Hawkeye Community College's Career Fair and talking with an employee in the career services department regarding job outlooks. 

When I come to KWWL and go out on shoots, I know that this is what I am meant to do and love every minute of it. You guys may heard this quote by reminds me of what Confucius once said:

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." 
I had the opportunity to go to Covenant Medical Center yesterday to interview a family who gave birth to a leap year baby. The family was so sweet and their daughter is gorgeous. They didn't think that the baby was going to be a leaplet (what they call leap year babies) because the clock they were looking at said 11:57p.m. but the nurse told them that it was actually midnight when she was born! 

I was able to do everything on my own for the first time remembering every step when editing. This was the second day in a row that I had a VOSOT on both the 5 and 6. I need to be careful when shooting though because when I was doing the interview, there was a window behind the mother so that threw the color of my shot off. I was able to correct it in post production thankfully! POA: When filming, try not to shoot subjects in front of windows. It will make editing much easier and the product will be much better quality! 
Yesterday I completed two VOSOTs (voice over, sound on tape) on Wartburgs efforts in recyclemania. I mentioned in an earlier post that I went to Waverly to talk to Emily Rogers, the student leader, about how they are increasing their recycling efforts. She was great and showed me around campus. I had a VOSOT on the 5 and 6. 

I am finally getting to know Avid! It is a touchy system and you have to know each little step when setting up a project. This is finally sinking in with me. 

Half the reason I love this career path is the fact that it is so rewarding. After airing a piece, you know that you are bringing information to the public that they may not have known if it weren't for you! It is well worth the effort you put in.