I can’t believe we only have one show left! It’s crazy how fast the semester has gone by.
The week began we our news meeting. We had a lot of great ideas as always, including some stories I care greatly about. It was business as usual for our news team, but the week became interesting due to events outside of Group 2.
My favorite part of show preparation was the service dog story, not because I helped with its creation but because I am part of the program. I hadn’t needed to film a SOT TZ before, so it was fun to watch the process unfold for Shannon. In the end, I had to look at all the stories equally and avoid my bias, but it was still fun to see the program featured.
This week was a good lesson about bias for me, and maybe some others as well. We did not cover the election (mainly because the results came out the night before our taping). However, you could definitely feel the tension from all of us as the week went on. No matter how you felt about the election results, you had to shake it off and focus on our jobs as reporters.
One thing to keep our mind off of things was a read-through in the fresh air outside Martin. It was nice to spend our election day outside of the edit lab. It was also fun to see the strange looks people gave us as they walked through Woodburn Circle.
After a late night watching election results, I headed to the studio early to prepare for our taping. Everyone had to ignore their feelings about the election and put on their reporting game faces. It was good practice for the real news business, as you can’t let personal feelings get in the way of factual reporting.
On a side note, it was fun to have some prospective students join us for the taping! Outside of our reporters and technical crew, no one had seen Group 2 in action and it was fun to show the students what they could be doing in the future. We really do have an amazing program at WVU!
Overall, it was another successful show and I am so grateful for my group and all that we’ve accomplished over the semester. There is still a lot of work to do but I know our Special Edition show will be a great one!