PRINCE GEORGE— I can’t believe I’m already done 3 weeks at CKPG! It has flown by, but upon further reflection it feels like I’ve been there longer considering how much I’ve learned.
Monday was (what is now) a basic work day for me. I wrote some web stories and did a couple of radio casts. I feel like I was never a slow writer, but now I’m almost robotic and can get web stories done like I’m a machine (but with a brain).
Tuesday was more or less the same as Monday, but I did three phone interviews to make some of my web stories a bit more juicy. Quotes add a lot more depth and credibility to the stories.
Wednesday was quite busy. Premier John Horgan was around town so we followed him around. First, I went with a reporter and camera guy to Quesnel, which is just over an hour away from Prince George. It’s very cute there. Horgan was at the local hospital to announce a $27 million hospital expansion. I did a Facebook live for the event. It was also interesting to be able to see Horgan the morning after the Alberta election. We got some generic clips of him reacting to the results. The reporter I went with, Cheryl, also interviewed some people around and managed to get interviews for two additional packs which will air next week. She’s very good at thinking ahead.
When I got back I wrote a web story. Shortly after, I had a high school student job shadow me. It was funny being able to explain to her how web writing and social media works, since I had been on the job for less than three weeks. She was a JOY! She was very bright and asked great questions. I took a lot longer writing web stories since she was with me and I was explaining everything I was doing, but having so much to teach her was kind of proof I now know what I’m doing.
On Thursday I had a couple of on-camera interviews for a pack that will be airing on Monday. It should be interesting. B.C. schools are now implementing financial literacy into the curriculum. I love education and I love business so it’s nice the story combines multiple things I’m interested in. I only did about three or four web stories since I was busy out getting interviews and also went to a charity event hosted by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. I got my headshot taken which will be on the CKPG website when my bio is posted. I really hope my fake smile improves over time, but at least for now I’m improving in more important areas, like my writing.
I had Friday off and went to Costco for lunch. I’m really looking forward to next week, which I guess is technically my last week of my “paid practicum”. After one more week of working I will have all of my credentials for my Broadcast News diploma and my Communications undergrad! I WON’T BE A STUDENT AFTER BEING ONE FOR 18 YEARS!
I have a few solid pack ideas and now feel confident in putting a pack together in a day while also fulfilling my duties as the online journalist. Not to brag, but I pride myself in being the queen of multi-tasking. PLUS now I’ve gotten into the habit of getting more than three hours of sleep a night so I have so much energy throughout the day.