Chapter 7: I am done!

As promised, my final internship entry and here it goes.

This week has been a week full of different emotions that I cannot describe accurately. It is kind of a cross between sad, excited and nervous.

I’m finishing my internship just the way it started: at the baseball field. I have been to just about every home Shuckers game since I have been in Biloxi. Putting together more pictures and working on teaching myself how to use my camera in different places.

Monday, I was able to come in early and finally do my anchor read for the sports block to put into my reel. It did not take 45 minutes like the previous time, but it was still very nerve wracking. Being on the desk is cool but scary. I guess it comes with time getting used to seeing yourself in the monitor and trying to remember everything you learned in public speaking and broadcasting classes.

Tuesday I was able to go to Long Beach High School with Jeff to get a preview of the Long Beach Bearcats football program. Finally get a look into football life and local sports is what I was looking forward to all summer, so it was awesome. However, I was not aware that I was going here … so naturally I was not prepared. I showed up in a black dress to stand outside for about an hour. I think three of the coaches came up to me asking me if they always make the interns wear black as part of a hazing process. Yes I felt very dumb, but it’s okay. Also, Jeff decided he hated me and put me on the WXXV Play of the Day…I got a copy of it, so here’s that link. Very embarrassing to say the least.

Some exciting news for my day on Wednesday. I was able to do a FaceTime interview with Michael Kors about a PR and Branding position. I love this brand and would change my career path in an instant if I was able to get a job in their corporate office doing something like this. I’ll be sure to let you all know how that pans out later, as soon as I know. 

I am sad that Thursday was my last baseball game I’ll attend for the remainder of the season, but that just makes me even more excited about football that is right around the corner. (Go Steelers!!!) At the Shuckers game, our good buddy Glen the Usher gave me some cupcakes for my “going away present” and I almost started crying because that was the sweetest thing ever. Also, a few of the players and Shuckers staff wished me luck on my future endeavors….whatever those may be.

Friday is coming to a close and I am saying goodbye to all of my friends at the TV station in a bitter-sweet way. I have learned a lot and am proud of myself for taking the initiative to move 12 hours and four states away to Mississippi to complete this internship.

Shoutout to all the WXXV News 25 team for giving me the summer of a lifetime and a taste of the real world.

Until next time!
Bexx

Chapter 6: The Final Lap

The countdown is on! I officially have 4 days left at my internship and in Mississippi and what a wild ride this has been.

I captioned my first picture at the stations sign “Buckle up for a wild ride” not expecting my summer to actually follow those words.

So I have been gone for a little while…I have been working like crazy both jobs but trying to dedicate most of my time to the TV station for that is the sole reason of my stay in Mississippi.

When we left off, I had finished covering a police chase and was going into the weekend full of baseball (my favorite).

Going into that next week, I started to put together a photo-story of the Shuckers trying to overcome a losing streak. I will try to get away to publish that here on my website, but for now, I’ll let you just wonder how it went. I spent day in and out trying to get new photos from different angles and seeing how I could improve my own photography skills. (Dad if you’re reading this, there is a new camera lens in our amazon cart wish-list….Christmas maybe, haha??)

During this week I was on my toes, some because of a crazy incident that happened at home Sunday night. I won’t go into too many details about that but, God bless the Ocean Springs police department for putting up with my needy self for a good week. As well as all the people who let me couch surf for 3 days.

Back into the station, this week we covered a missing boater accident. This was the first time I was able to do a “look live” shot which was very fun for myself on really rough circumstances. Basically having an outline of what I wanted to say/needed to say in my head and creating that feel that I am actually on air for the live shot. Here, I started working more on deepening my voice so I did not have such a high pitched voice while reporting. It is a work in progress…and I call it my “professional voice”…I don’t like it but it is part of the business.

I was also able to go on my first breaking news story this week. Kendra was the reporter on this one. We got word of a train hitting a car in Biloxi for what might be the 12th time this year…its insane how many of these we get.

Another train vs car accident.

On this live shot, we had to adapt to our surroundings and our equipment. I say this because our camera batteries were dead and we did not have a lot of time before we were supposed to go live. Instead we went live on Facebook until Taylor got there with the new camera so we could go live at 10. Even then, we had to adapt because we did not have an IFB to listen in to the show, so Taylor who was on the phone with production was giving Kendra the cue to go. Very fast pace and very cool to see play out.

Some more stories covered this week were just basic stories about little things going on around town. But I was able to get more infront of camera time.

When the Shuckers finally came back, they were here on the weekend and of course I was there. I did my own photos and story on their jerseys they featured at one of the games. They were supporting Autism Awareness. Which was very cool to see! My sororities philanthropy is Autism Speaks, so I have found myself learning more and being excited to see this cause brought to life.

Going into last week, I was on my way to work when traffic on the highway was stopped and backup up pretty far..this was because of two wrecks that happened. Because I was so close to them I was able to stop and record some of the footage of it to send into the newsroom to air. I realized I felt like a legit reporter and hit the point of my career when you realize you do work for the news when you record anything and everything big or small happening.

Sitting at the desk to anchor

Later this week (Thursday 07/28) I was able to try my hand at anchoring. I sat at the desk to practice anchoring the sports block for a good 45 minutes. With help from the production crew and others in the area who were giving me pointers and walking me through it step-by-step. It was nerve wracking but after a while you get relaxed and it comes easier.

This is my last week at the internship as I stated in the beginning so my blogs about the summer will be coming to a close. I will have one final one posted (hopefully) Friday the 4th.

I am excited to come back to NC but also sad to leave all my good people and friends here in Mississippi. I am so thankful for all the hospitality showed to me through my work, the Williams family, Roxie Gartman and Mississippi police force (lol). I am going to miss it, but I will be back, sometime soon.

Chapter 5: Sorry I’m Late-Life Happens

Hello my awesome people. Sorry, life has gotten to me and i have been behind. So let me catch you up on two weeks worth of stuff in a short enough blog that you will actually want to read.

So I did get to miss the tropical storm that rolled through here when I was back in North Carolina for the pageant…but the first week back was nothing short of what I was used too. Except the fact that I had to deal with tornadoes and severe weather like flash floods within the first day back. (yay)

So I went out on the Tuesday to help Taylor with the inauguration of the mayor we covered getting elected in Moss Point a few weeks ago. We got to chat with him on a live shot for the 5:30 show and stayed for the whole inauguration which I thought was kind of cool.

In high school I took this SAT Prep class with Mr. Lykes. I thought it was the most pointless class I had ever taken. However, in this class, we had to memorize speeches from people all over. I can’t remember them all, but one of my favorites was Invictus. No matter how many things I have remembered since then, I still can recite the whole speech. Long story short, there were some kids that were reciting this at the inauguration. One of the girls when it was her turn to do her part, forgot the words. It was a long silence before I shouted out the next words to help her out. I believe in good karma so it was the least I could do. 🙂

After the inauguration, we got some good lemonade and cake so it overall made for a good day.

So onto the rest of the week.

I GOT TO MEET NFL HALL OF FAMER ANDRE REED!

Yes that is a true statement. But before I get into that I have to tell a funny story.

So we were supposed to go live at 5:30. It was going to happen…but a few things got into the way.

  1. We could not find a camera…it seemed that all the cameras were being used or about to be used. So that slowed us down.
  2. Then we couldn’t find a car. All the cars were in use or being used. Fortunately for us there was a truck that we could use that is owned by the station. Mind you it is literally pouring outside (per usual) as we are trying to load up. I dressed nice this day because I knew I wanted to try to get a picture with Andre. That did not end up working out because I got soaked before I could even get into the car. Once in the car we had it into reverse to back up and trying to put it into drive…something happened. It got stuck in reverse. Honestly..we had it in drive and it was trying to reverse. So we put it in park….still reversed. Neutral….reversed. Like what in the world is going on. We threw the e-brake on and got our stuff out to go find a new car. Soaked again.
  3. Got a new car. Proceeding to get soaked completely again. Hoped in the new car…the key broke off in the ignition. SO everything that could have gone wrong to try and make it for the live shot went wrong.

It was funny for us because we were soaked and it was just terrible. We did end up getting a new car to make it but not in time for the live shot. So we just did a quick story on it.

While Jeff went off to go get some video for the whole story to air, I was nosy and started talking to Andre Reed. It’s not often you get to be in the presence of an NFL Hall of Famer so of course I was not going to pass this opportunity up to chat.

Andre Reed was actually very, very nice and laid back. He gave me career and life advice, which was probably the coolest moment I have lived to this day. I would share this with you, but it’s for my ears only. (and my dad who I called as soon as I got back into the car.)

The following week, was probably the hottest week it has been since I moved here. The heat index was 123 one day and of course I went out with one of the reporters to a splash pad to help cover the story there. I did a shot where I got to walk through the water and cool off, some.

July 4th was the longest day I have worked since I started here as well. (It’s a week of firsts.)

I went into work at Michael Kors, at 8AM then proceeded to go straight to the TV station, per usual. We left early this time to get to the baseball field earlier than normal since the Shuckers were playing a home game on the Fourth of July. I mean what’s more American, right?

We interviewed Jon Perrin who is a pitcher for the shuckers and he actually quoted the Declaration of Independence to us…which was the coolest thing to listen too. Later to find out he was actually a History major in his undergrad. I was able to jump into people’s personal lives and ask them to be interviewed for the news about what it meant to be at a baseball game on the Fourth of July. Trying to tie it into being very patriotic. If you know me at all, you know that I can talk to a brick wall… so it is very easy for me to approach someone to ask them to be on TV.

Instead of leaving once we filmed the highlights like I usually do, I stayed for the baseball game to continue taking notes because when we went the next day I was going to do a standup covering the Fourth’s game. I also, was waiting for the reporter Taylor to get there so we could do  live shot at 9:00 for the firework show.

I am very glad I went out with Kendra when I did a while back because she taught me how to use the live equipment. After Taylor had finished our live shot we had to get the videos and stuff sent remotely back to the studio so they could air it for the 10PM news. Of course, when you’re pressed for time….everything that can go wrong, does. So this situation proved no different. We had issues with internet connection and logging onto our laptop to get all the footage made. Then, Taylor wasn’t familiar with how to send the footage remotely. So this is where Kendra was a lifesaver. She has showed me that stuff so two clicks on the live machine and it was sent and ready to go. Just in time for the deadline.

It was a very fun day…however, we did not get back to the station until 11:15ish so it was a very long night especially to be up early again the next day for work.

Thursday that week I was actually put into the Emergency Room (I am okay) momententarily to figure out what was going on in my abdomen. Nothing serious and I am fine, but it was scary being in the ER by myself because none of my friends or family was here.

Saturday was also, a very fun day. I was able to go to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi to help Jeff cover a story on LeGarrette Blount (former Steeler…who got cut….and two time super bowl champion with the Patriots now playing for the Eagles) who was putting on a ProCamp. It was cool getting to meet him and able to talk about why he’s doing what he’s doing…and also go to the Air Force base for the first time.

This week has been a whirlwind of fun. We went to a police chase, covered a really sad story about a young woman who got sexually assaulted on a Facebook live video that went viral.
Today (Thursday 07/13) the Shuckers are back in town finally and I am excited to be able to go back to the thing I know best but it’s fun to branch out and get some look into other forms of the news.

As always, stay tuned for more of my crazy life and I hope y’all have a great weekend.

Bexx

Chapter 4: Yes I Am A Zombie

Okay so it has been a while since I have been able to update you all on my crazy yet exciting life. The last blog I posted was titled “…am I a zombie yet” and the answer to the question now is …YES.

Miss North Carolina 2017, Victoria Huggins.

So as many of you know last week I left Mississippi and returned to North Carolina for my favorite week of the year, pageant week. This week was nothing short of what I hoped for because it was awesome and fun all at the same time. Getting to be around all of my favorite people for a whole week?? What more could you ask for. Other than the fact I was sleep deprived and ate Chick-fil-A grilled nuggets more than I should admit. (Thx mom for the gift cards)

So the 80th Miss North Carolina was crowned and congratulations for Victoria Huggins for receiving this prestigious title.

The week before this however, was a lot different in the studio for me. I started my job (finally) at Michael Kors and was getting to work at 8:00 AM working until 3:00 going straight to the TV station until 11 PM. Waking up and doing it again.

I really enjoyed this week, though. I went on some different shots with a new reporter this week. I have a new buddy, Kendra, who is actually the coolest person ever. She taught me some new things on the computer to help with her stories and showed me how to put together a story, the way she went about it was probably the best teaching way and it was great. We got to go out on a live shot to the pier that was being rebuilt finally after Hurricane Katrina hit. Then we covered two more stories while we were out before coming back to the station.

Mind you, we did a live shot while it was again 900 degrees outside and we were literally dying. It was also monsooning (of course) earlier so Kendra was in rain boots and pants which was very funny…until she kicked dirt on me and it got in my mouth.

Fishbone Alley where its acceptable to eat wings on camera.

The next day, we got to go to this reallllly cool place called Fishbone Alley. Here we did a live shot on the fun activities that they are doing on Wednesdays now and got to eat chicken wings on live TV. I also won a social media contest that day and we won a free pizza.

The week concluded on Thursday for me after going back out with Kendra for the third day in a row and getting a small story on some legal stuff (I can’t really remember everything).

Yeah, zombie life kicked in real quick. Not to mention getting on a 6:00 AM flight to Charlotte Sunday morning to make it to Raleigh for pageant week to start and never actually catching up on my sleep from there.

Happy Fathers Day to 1 of my 2 dads.

It was a good Sunday though because Fathers Day I got to see both of my dad’s and my daddy dad spent his fathers day with me at Bojangles since I am deprived of that too here in Mississippi.

It is nice to be back in Mississippi and my supervisor was very understanding when I texted him Monday afternoon (yesterday) after my shift at Michael Kors that I was unable to come in because I desperately needed a nap and to go to bed at 9:00.

As usual stay tuned for the events this week. It is going to be a busy one.

Bexx

P.S. If you haven’t seen the new Transformers yet, go see it! Daddy and I went to see if before my flight home to Mississippi and it was AWESOME. Okay now I am done.

Chapter3: Reporting and live shots…am I a zombie yet?

Well this week has been quite chaotic and lots of fun to say the least.

To start it off, I had Monday off so I really had like a 4 day weekend so it was kinda cool. Adulting right??

Thanks to James Machado for making us learn this thing backwards and forwards….without you I would be no where.

On my first day into work for the week on June 6th, there was not a lot going on in the sports world. I actually got to the station early and got to kind of teach myself the ENPS system that all stations use for their rundowns on the script and shows on TV. I met a new reporter today since everyone was in the station for the elections in the towns down here. While browsing over what should go into the sports rundown, Taylor, the new reporter I met, came over to my supervisor to ask for help with the camera she was working with. In the end, she had to get a new camera to take out to cover the elections that night. It just so happened the camera she needed to take was also the one I have learned how to use quite well over the last few years at school..so I offered to help her with it and go out to cover the story in Moss Point with her.

At least we get cool rain coats to tackle to monsoons outside…right?

Again, no one warned me that it rains SO MUCH down here…..like what????

Anyways, Taylor and I set off on the journey to Moss Point (an hour away basically) to get this story rolling…in the monsoon where you cannot see two feet in front of you. When we showed up we had to wait for what felt like another hour for the people to come back and start counting the votes for the new mayor and more. Once we realized the numbers were not going to be released there we booked it to the new location that was going to have the numbers to report. More waiting. (another note that i was not really aware of..lots of waiting). Finally getting the numbers, announcing them in time for the 9:00 live show back in Gulfport. Then booking it over to the new Mayor of Moss Point, Mario King, house party. Here we got to do the first interview for the new mayor, which was pretty cool.

Wednesday….another day of not many close by sports going on. So I was able to sit with my supervisor and he showed me more on making graphics and how he sets his shows up. Also another waiting game for a friend to send us his footage for the Biloxi Shuckers who were playing the Mississippi Braves a couple hours away.

Thursday came around and today I offered to go out with Taylor Rubach again and help with her very first live shot. It was also the worst day for me to wear BLACK PANTS!!! I mean come on…I am used to the rain and cooler weather for the last 12 days basically and of course the day I was like “yeah let me wear pants to the station” ITS 800 DEGREES AND SUNNY!!

Yes…the cotton candy in her hand. She was eating it live and it was GREAT

Sorry, off topic..again.

So Taylor conquered her first live shot while eating cotton candy on live TV and if you don’t believe me you can watch it here. Then of course we sped off to get another story covered before the night ended. But not before we had some fair lemonade and ate more cotton candy.

The reporter life is quite the exciting and fun one, so I have found a new love for comfy shoes and portable phone chargers.

Work…or play…one will never know.

This weekend I am in Gulf Shores, Alabama and enjoying some beach time and hopefully get a little color before heading to first day of work at Michael Kors this week and MISS NORTH CAROLINA NEXT WEEK!!!

Thats right I am making the 12 hour drive to Raleigh on Saturday June 17 and hopefully it goes by quickly with only me in the car, and not my mom who has to stop every hour to pee….stay tuned for that one though. Can’t wait to be back in the pageant world for a week and see my bestie Miss NC, Kenzie.

Hope everyones summer is going well thus far!

Bexx 🙂

Chapter 2: Who said to move here?

Well the answer is me.

I chose to move to the Gulf Coast right as soon as hurricane season was starting and when it rains every. single. day. Me being the person that I am always wanting to do something does not like this everyday forecast because its a really big debby downer.

Back onto a grind of things, I went to my second day of work and it did not start like I had hoped. I made a schedule to come in during the week at 3:00 pm every day and leave after the final news cast was done…well I was quickly enlightened on how the news world works when my supervisor told me as I was pulling in to the station that he wasn’t going to be there right away. I started to panic and had a 30 minute phone call with my mom who talked me off the ledge of coming home right away.

Its a pretty nice facility. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when its not cloudy.

Fast forward to later, when I was again calmed by getting into the station and loading up the car to go to the baseball game in Biloxi. It was a doubleheader this time so we got to stay longer and shoot some more highlight reals. My supervisor, Jeff, pulled out a camera I had NO idea how to work and I panicked (of course). After two semesters with James Machado and learning how to use an NX5 like the back of my hand…its hard adjusting to something different. But thats life.

This camera was not easy to use…but i have finally learned something new.

We also had the marketing team send a script saying they needed a promo shot at the game for a commercial that was going to air on TV for a few weeks and I was like “oh heck yeah let do it” whereas Jeff was not as thrilled. We did it anyways. Battling this rain, wind coming off the gulf, and noise from the game was quite fun but I am currently editing the final cut and will let y’all know how it goes later.

7:30 back in the studio and now we have to edit the footage from the games and get ready for the hour show at 9:00 on Fox and the 30 minute show on NBC.

I am off tomorrow (thats why I am publishing this now) and will give another update (hopefully) the middle or end of next week.

Bexx

Chapter 1: Welcome to Ocean Springs

Hello everyone and welcome to my page! I have had this website since my broadcasting professor made us make it a few years ago…but I never really have never kept up with it. Thats about to change ( I hope ). On this blog, I’ll be documenting just about everything I am doing with my internship for myself and others to see what kind of work I am doing. If I start to slack, don’t be afraid to call me out on it…just know that I am balancing a full time job, internship and online classes as well as trying to have a semi-fun summer. I am so excited for this journey and fun summer that has already changed my mood and spirits after only being here 6 days.

Nine hours in a car with my mom was quite the experience.

So if you don’t know, I packed all of my clothes and 80 pairs of shoes last week and got in a car to move to Mississippi for the summer. I accepted a sports internship at WXXV25 in Gulfport, Mississippi back in April and decided out of 3 offers that this one would be the best fit for my career and personality. This place is like home in many ways, so I had no issues at all dropping everything in NC to come to the deep south.

My mother and I took off on Tuesday May 23 and got here on May 24 and as soon as I got back I immediately knew I made the right decision. Catching up with old friends, family, and realizing that I remembered a lot more from my younger age here that I thought was pretty cool. Southern hospitality is a real thing y’all and its the best in Mississippi.

I made friends instantly and now I can’t figure out why I haven’t done this sooner.

After being in town for basically 3 days I had already done more than I thought I would do all summer and thats without even starting my internship yet. I was invited to a birthday party for a girl I did not know, made 3 new friends, had an awesome night out where I met another group of people and was invited to a wedding shower/crawfish boil and had an awesome weekend with my new family here.

I was invited to a wedding shower for a couple I had only met the night before.

May 30 my internship started and I was SCARED. I came down a month ago and was put to ease about a few things, but then the first day came and I was panicking. Mostly because I do not have set hours and had no idea what time I was supposed to go into the studio to work. However, all my nerves were put to ease again when I got there and met my supervisor and he said “we’re going to a baseball game”. That was like music to my ears. So we packed up the car, camera and media badges and went into Biloxi for the Shuckers game. We did get rained on a little bit, but standing in the dugout filming highlight pieces and being at a baseball game for the first time in a month was awesome. We only stayed for a few inning before having to leave to go back to the studio to edit it all and get the 9:00 news stories ready. Once back in the studio editing on a software that I am very familiar with was a breeze. 

Reporting at the Shuckers game

My next day will be on Thursday June 1 and I’ll get a better feel for everything going on with more of a schedule, but so far, I love this place and I may be speaking to soon, but I don’t want to go back to NC…

Thanks for coming on this journey with me!

Bexx

 

What is a break for an in-season college athlete

For many, the most exciting part about working hard in a college career is getting to the long and well deserved break from tests and homework to kick back and relax. In the school year we have Labor day off, fall break, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, MLK day, spring break and Easter break all before the school year concludes and we go home for summer. In total that is roughly 40 days off for a student throughout the year.

But what if you are a student athlete who is in season when there is a long break for the rest of the students?

Student athletes have a busy schedule as it is and it does not come with as many breaks when they are in season either. You have practice, weights, treatment, film studies, meetings, games, study hall all while managing school to keep a 2.5 GPA minimum. There is no such thing as a day off usually except for the mandatory day off set by the NCAA.

So while everyone is enjoying a Disney World trip for fall break or going to Panama City for spring break. The athletes in season have to stay at school, training or traveling to their destination for their next game.

This could overall take a toll on the athlete when they too want a break from the school life and living to go and relax on a beach somewhere instead of worrying about the 6 a.m.  weights the next morning along with the two-a-days.

The constant athlete life also takes over the mindset of a STUDENT-athlete. When you are putting this much work into this sport you have spent your whole life working at, you sometimes forget that you are a student first and with the busy schedule you have it is easy to forget that.

The NCAA has made efforts to make sure that this is not the case and that student-athletes stay students first. However, studies from Peter Jacobs for the Business Insider has shown that they go well over the rules because of their dedication to the sport.

Not a “Cleat Chaser”: Just Love the Game

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Sunsetting on Charlotte, NC baseball field By: Rebecca Ross

With baseball season about to be underway at universities and spring training just around the corner for the MLB as well, its time to break out the ball caps and jerseys for our favorite teams. Because seriously, who doesn’t love going to the ball field and sitting in the sun for a few hours to watch a great sport. This girl sure does.

However, there is a stigma sitting on girl’s heads that do love this activity and that is being called a cleat chaser.

Cleat Chaser; noun, a promiscuous woman who follows athletes on the college level, in the hopes of having relations with one of them. (Urbandictionary.com)

It is common to be called this term as a girl if you are not dating or talking to someone on the team or opposing team.

My one question is how did people come up with this term and why can’t someone go watch a sporting event just for fun or for the fact they love the game?

A personal testimony for my own defense…I fell in love with this sport when I was in 8th grade and have not turned back since. My dad and I are very passionate about Pittsburgh sports and the entire city has to offer. I went to my first football training camp this year and that night my dad took me to a Pittsburgh Pirates game, sparking the never-ending love.

As a freshman in high school I became friends with my now best friend and went to every baseball game to support my school and him who turned out to be a pitcher and I had no clue until the season came about.

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Kollin Schrenk, Ardrey Kell High School pitcher By: Rebecca Ross

I have been to most every game for my high school, and when he transferred to a different high school I went to those too.

Now college is here and I have no connections to this team at all except the fact that I still have a passion for the game and I want to spend my afternoons sitting in the stands cheering on my team and watching the great American game.

So just because a select few have the motif of a cleat chaser, we should not label all single spectators under this stereotype.