PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – My time at WAVY-TV was truly an unforgettable experience, and I’m sad to see it come to an end.
Before starting this internship, I didn’t even know if I wanted to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. I’ve always been a writer and expected to follow a career more focused on that. But before my first week was over, I knew that was what I wanted to do.
I’m so grateful to have the chance to work on The Hampton Roads Show this summer and discover the production side of TV news. Each time I was given more responsibility, whether it was writing web posts, creating TikToks, or doing research, I was excited to learn and prove my skills.
Below are some of my favorite TikToks I’ve created.
On my last day with HRS, I cut the video and wrote web articles for each of the day’s segments: Neptune Coastal Craft Beer Festival, Paw magicianthe A Judeo-Christian outreach center fights against homelessness, Renew your floors with 50 Floorand Fall Enrollment at Bryant & Stratton College.
While HRS was so much fun, I also loved meeting ghost reporters in the field and shooting my own stand-ups for my reel. One day I went out with presenter and journalist Regina Mobley when she covered boy on a bike that was run over by a car in Suffolk. I helped her research the story and she gave me writing credit.
I spent a lot of time outside of the Hampton Roads Show shadowing reporters to gain experience and footage for my reel, but in my final week I made sure to follow the digital department, the assignments office and the newsroom editors. I wanted to do and see everything I could until the very end.
Although sometimes it was chaotic and stressful spending so much time in my internship trying to experience everything and finish my reel, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. I’m so much more confident in my reporting and production skills, and I really feel ready to embark on a career in journalism after I graduate.
It cannot be overstated how grateful I am to every single person I have met at WAVY who has helped me on this journey. Everyone has been so kind and helpful in teaching me all about making the news. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start my career in current affairs.
I’m sad that my internship is over, but I’m excited for all the future has to offer. Thanks, WAVY, for getting me started.