I only have two more days of this evening class I’ve been taking for the past month. It’s been pretty intense, but I’ve learned so much. It is a broadcast news class — tv reporting for print students — and we had to put together our own broadcast story. Our stories were due yesterday and last night we put together a newscast. We had anchors and directors and a camera crew, just like in a real studio (probably because it was a real studio). I didn’t want to be on camera, so I got to be the switcher — I switched which camera was being used and cut to the videos after the anchor announced the story — an easy job, but fun too, mostly because I got to sit in a freezing cold room and watch (and listen) while the anchors goofed around and made silly comments that they thought nobody could hear. Good times. The newscast ranks in the top 2 experiences of my graduate career at this point, right up there next to the Times page one meeting. It was really great to see what it is/can be like in a broadcast studio and how quickly and smoothly things have to go to keep things rolling. Even though it was our first time, our class did really well. We only had a few anchors stumble over their lines and I only cut from the video too soon once. Maybe twice.
I went into the class thinking that it would be a waste of my time, but that I had to take it because it fit with my schedule and I needed another class so that I can graduate in December. Now that it is almost over I am so glad that there wasn’t anything else for me to take. I really enjoyed it and I hope I have the chance to do more broadcast stories — both for radio and tv (as long as I don’t have to be on camera). As much as I liked it though, I’m so excited to be done! It seems like Micah and I have hardly seen each other this past month and we have had so much going on. Now that it is over (well, almost over), we have a lot to celebrate: not only because I am 2/3 of the way done with my program, but also because Micah is officially, as of this morning, a full-time employee of UnCommon Goods. We are so excited about having a salary, benefits, insurance, and most importantly, that Micah enjoys the people he works with and will have an opportunity to really develop and expand his design skills.