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I actually wrote a story!

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Every time I write I feel like a child- so impressed with small accomplishments that professionals in my field do so easily.  My confidence is there, it is just hard to exert myself without feeling like a know-it-all.  Making friendships and becoming more comfortable in the business has made it easier for me to give ideas and to do things more independently.

Today, I rode again with Adria.  The story today was concerning safety for officers on patrol.  We rode with the sergeant of the traffic division for SPD (Don Vishnefski) as he pulled over two different vehicles on I-49. 

The first vehicle was a routine traffic stop, but the second was a little more worrisome.  A motorcyclist displaying his membership with the biker gang, “Grey Ghosts” was pulled over.  Although he did nothing out of line, seeing his extensive criminal history made me a bit nervous.  Both were let go with tickets, since both of them were travelling over twenty miles over the designated speed limit.

Being on the scene, recording, is so interesting to me.  The opportunity for anything to happen, and new information and leads is the neatest thing.  Just in the interview with the officer, there were several leads dropped to other potentially good stories.

After returning, I was assigned to record and lay down the script for an airport meeting story.  A story that I then wrote on my own, with far less edits than usual ( 🙂 ).  I am really beginning to love it working at a news station.  Everything about it is so interesting to me and different than any other experience I have ever had.  I have always had niche for news, but now I am really getting the itch!

Alleigha Cross Procell


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June 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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It is getting better every day…

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I was very excited today when KSLA reporter asked me to tag along.  We covered two seperate developing stories, and I was more than happy to be along for the ride.

Reporting is definitely my forte- it just makes more sense.  I noticed that she and I had the same questions in mind to ask during the interview, and much of the time our storyline was the same.  I was much more at ease in the reporting process, though it is not a peice of cake…

The first story that we covered was dealing with a worker’s strike at the Sanitation Department.  As I arrived, there was Breaking News that the workers had stormed the mayor’s office demanding changes…  We quickly left to be on the scene as worker’s returned and got plenty of commentary and video to build a great package.

Next, Adria had an interview with the Bossier City Police Chief in regards to an early morning burglary and ended in the criminals attempt to hit a police officer with his vehicle.  It was an interesting experience, the interview was done in the foyer of the Bossier City Police Station, where an irate family member of the imprisoned man was present causing quite a fuss.

Being able to be a part of the reporting and story writing was a lot of fun today.  It did, once again, make me appreciate the producing side of the newscast, however, because those responsibilities remain as well.

Alleigha Cross Procell

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June 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

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Two weeks later…

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I have been working at the news station for about two weeks now and my views on it change everyday.  At first I was a bit disappointed in my experience, but now I am beginning to appreciate how different the station is from what I initially expected.

My favorite part of working with the producer is getting the news in as soon as it happens.  Just in my short time here, I was at the station to hear some pretty interesting news come in. 

I was here following the updates on Gary Coleman.  At the beginning of the day the reports that he was in the hospital changed to his actual death- which I assisted in writing into a package.

The most interesting was listening to the scanner and updating information as a murder suicide was taking place locally.  Hearing the action on the police scanner, and translating that information into news was an awesome experience (despite the sadness of the news we were reporting).

My time at the studio has given me a further appreciation for news.  Having viewers call in with comments and suggestions, and for clues to help with stories we are building remind me of why I am interested in this career.  I am really enjoying my time at KSLA News 12.

Alleigha Cross

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June 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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Producing- Different Systems

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If there is one job in journalism to not be taken for granted, then it should be that of a producer. Perhaps it is my being new, but this job is complicated!

There are so many responsibilities that producers have, and most of which are detrimental to the newscast.

The part that confuses me most is the different systems that producers must navigate through to sufficiently put together a newscast.

First, there are all of the different places that they go to get stories and information for each story. I have found it easiest to use the News Wire on ENPS courtesty of the Associated Press. There are several other places that these producers check to get the most accurate, up to date information. I also enjoy watching and listening to the police scanner.

Each story has to have accurate scripting, but also graphics and video that are easily viewable and understandable. There are several important steps that must be followed to attach these, and this is a process that has remained confusing for me.

Today, the producer that assists me, showed me how to search for the video, how to attach it, and then even showed me the basic steps in editing it in the editing station. She then showed me how to review the video to ensure that it was edited adequately and to my liking.

Another confusing part, to me, of a producers job is the use of macros in ENPS. Of course, overtime I am sure that these codes become more easily identifiable…but for myself, I am easily confused! My producer runs through this with ease, however, and is very comfortable using this system.

I have been taking notes daily, and am now at my own station assisting with mostly national news voice overs. The more that I work on the system the more comfortable I become. Hopefully, by the time I complete my internship, I will seem less amateur and more professional in my new setting.

Alleigha Cross Process

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June 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Student Internship at KSLA~ First Reaction

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Broadcast journalism is not at all what I expected. I don’t mean that this is a bad thing, but definitely not what I thought a television news station would be. This is, however, my first experience in a news station, so my expectations were perhaps a little adolescent.

I am an intern from LSUS in Shreveport, LA and am currently interning at KSLA NEws 12. My entire life I have known that I want to work in the media, specifically as a television news anchor. The absence of studio chairs, makeup, and hair spray filled air is replaced by a police scanner, the clicking of keyboard, and verbal communication about the newest stories and ideas.

My initial hopes of glamour and local fame were replaced with hard stories and constant news updates. I have began my internship with the 5 and 6 oclock producer, whom has been very patient and taught me a lot.

With this blog, I intend to track what I have learned through my internship, but also the differing experiences that I encounter. This is my first blog, but I am excited to report about my preparation for my occupation to come!

Alleigha Cross Procell

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June 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm

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Hello world!

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June 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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