Monthly Archives: April 2013

LUTV Blog Reporter Blog Six

The conclusion of the semester is coming quickly at LUTV. I’ve learned a lot during the Super Semester. There have been some great experiences. When I think about all the hands-on experience I have gotten it is kind of mind blowing.

Since the last time I filed a reporter blog there have been some really significant news events and some fun experiences.

LUTV NFL Draft Show

LUTV Draft Show host Mike Morgan watches a monitor as other members of the draft show team discuss an upcoming pick behind him.

Photo by Brett McMillan
LUTV Draft Show host Mike Morgan watches a monitor as members of the draft show team behind him discuss an upcoming pick.

 

The night of the first round of the NFL Draft is one of my favorite of the year. LUTV puts on a four hour, live show. It is a lot of fun. There are so many things you have to account for when producing live TV. I was an associate producer this year, and I also had the privilege of sitting on the desk.

There were some intriguing picks this year, and we also had some fun elements for the show. There were awesome graphics, player VOs, and we had an interview with Randy Karraker.

Everyone involved seemed to have a really good time. I love the team atmosphere of draft night. The pace is also tons of fun. Everything develops quickly and it is fun to try and keep up with what teams are doing what.

The Daniel Boone Home

I had the chance to go to the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, Mo. and film a few weeks ago. It was a really neat experience. I’ll be putting together a package on the property shortly after this blog is published. It is a beautiful place. Lindenwood has owned the home and the other historically significant buildings surrounding it since 1998.

The home is approximately 30 to 40 minutes from LU’s St. Charles, Mo. campus. Because it is so far away, a lot of people do not want to make the trip out. The story I’ll be putting together will detail what goes on at the multi-acre property. They do everything from school field trips, to weddings, to hosting Lindenwood classes.

The head tour guide gave me a private tour so I could shoot video for the story. I got to go into parts of the houses most people do not have access to. It was neat to see behind the scenes, because you can see places where families had update the houses over the years. Manny of the houses are older than the state of Missouri itself, but they were all lived in for most of their existence. It is really only recently that they have become museum pieces.

April 17th

I produced the news on Wednesday, April 17th. It was a long day filled with lots of emotions. Two days after the Boston marathon bombings we expected that to be our biggest story. It was a major part of our coverage, but sadly a tragedy closer to home ended up being higher in the A-block.

A Lindenwood freshman named Michael Black died in the early morning hours on April 17th. It was a difficult situation which required several debates in the newsroom about what was okay to report and what wasn’t. I will never forget that day.

LUTV Reporter Blog Five

Spring break came at a great time. A lot happened during the first part of the semester. There is much still to be accomplished as well. I’ve really been trying to dig in and come up with lots of story ideas since we are in the homestretch of the semester. Since the last time I filed a blog I have worked on some stories for LUTV. That work has been beneficial and rewarding.

Washington:

Something non-LUTV I got the chance to do before the break was to go to Washington D.C. with the Lindenwood chapter of the

Photo by Brett McMillan This is one of the many studios at SiriusXM's many Washington D.C. studios.

Photo by Brett McMillan
This is one of the many studios at SiriusXM’s many Washington D.C. studios.

National Broadcast Society. The convention was a hotbed for broadcasting knowledge. Professionals from all over the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas came and share with us about their careers. Career advice was also offered. It was good to hear from people who work in all the different parts of the community. There were programming managers, on-air talent, sales account executives, and hiring directors. All of them were candid, but encouraging. I sat in on sports media panels, social media discussions, and was able to soak up lots of other media knowledge.

NBS also offered tours of professional media outlets. I toured SiriusXM radio. It was a truly awesome experience. Their facility is state of the art. Each station has a different studio. We interacted with on-air talent and were given a tour of the building. The internship was also explained during our visit.

Opening Day:

My favorite LUTV project post break was Alex Ferrario’s package on the St. Louis Cardinals opening day. We went downtown and got video of thousands of tailgater’s in Kiener Plaza.

Shooting this package was great because we were working alongside St. Louis professional media who were working in the same space we were. It was great to know we were covering the same event as them.

The light was harsh at first since we were outside on a very clear day. This situation gave me a great opportunity to work with the camera settings. Using the gain we got footage we were pleased with.

The interviews were great. We had three really dynamic people who were will willing to be filmed. One man was dressed up in brightly colored clothes and was dancing in Kiener Plaza. We found a woman who had been a Cardinal fan for decades, and another gentleman who was the ring leader of a group of tailgaters. We were very fortunate to run into Joe Brady and they rest of his tailgating posse on top of a parking garage.

They provided some nice B-Roll and a great story as well.

What’s Coming:

I’ve been working on a package on the Schnucks debit card breach. Putting it together has been enjoyable. I also did a VOSOT on the O’Fallon police department’s new police of putting shoplifters’ mug shots on the Internet. The package I haven’t shot yet, but think I will enjoy doing is one on the Lindewood owned Daniel Boone Home. That is set to air next week.