Page 15 - The Hoot April, 2013

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Every time I am on air it is a surreal feeling and one that I can’t believe I get
the opportunity to experience. This part-time job became possible after I sent
out 300 packages of all my materials (cover letter, resume, photos, demo reel
and references) to stations across the nation. WNKY called and offered me the
temporary position to fill in for an anchor on maternity leave.
a.m.—Once the show is complete, I normally continue to check my email.
I’m in charge of sending the overview, rundown, shooting schedule and
in-studio interviews for the following day. The remainder of the day is spent
interviewing and writing a script for the next day.
During the week, I may have shoots for the weekend show, iNKY News,
where we feature activities and places to visit around Bowling Green. The
morning show is soft news, so most of my interviews pertain to community
events occurring in town.
All of these details change, depending on the size of the market and station.
Every day I think how blessed I am to have been able to acquire so much
experience and be able to see the differences between small and big markets.
Last summer, I was an intern at the CBS station in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas,
which ranks fourth in the nation. Bowling Green ranks 182nd, so you can
imagine the two are polar opposites.
I also interned last spring at KMIZ, the ABC-affiliate in Columbia, which
ranks 138th. Each station has been different and I gain a little more insight
into broadcasting each time.
Thibodaux pets Radar, the weather dog. She works closely with Radar and meterologist Emily
Photo courtesy of Brooke Thibodaux)
Over my three internships with television stations, my writing style has
developed and improved. By no means am I perfect, but I get closer
every day.
I have learned even the best talent can have an off day. That is the way of
television. Teleprompters stop working; power goes out from storms; videos
don’t load; and the list goes on and on.
In light of this, my motto has become, “Don’t let yesterday use up too much
of today.”
Each experience reminds me of how much I will love my job, well, almost
every day. I love the rush and adrenaline I experience from having to
complete a deadline. In the news industry, there is no other option.
I have known since eighth grade that this was my calling. I knew I wanted to
inform the public of the events and news going on in the world, their country,
their state, their town.
To me, news is watching history being made on a daily basis. With
graduation coming up in May, I am currently playing the job game,
waiting for the opportune reporting position. One day I hope to become an
international reporter or an embedded journalist with a troop in the army.
Thibodaux is completing her third internship with a television station. She is no stranger to the
TV screen.
Photo courtesy of Brooke Thibodaux)