It’s over already? This whole month definitely flew by – in a good way. Readjusting to living with my parents was definitely an interesting experience, and the job I was doing made me look at my city in whole new light.
Monday: I did 2 in-person interviews today, being very mindful of distancing and sanitizing. My story was about how stores in Lethbridge that were still open – such as car dealerships and specialty grocers – were dealing with COVID-19. I spoke to the operator at a local used car dealership, and the owner of Umani Shop. I tried getting in contact with ATB Bank, but they were very difficult to reach. Once I did get ahold of them, they just sent me a very generic e-mail response that I didn’t end up using.
Tuesday: This story was quite cool to do. We did a group video chat with other media outlets (CTV, Lethbridge News Now, Bridge City, etc.) and three people with the new task force. I also reached out to a few people for a story I would be doing to the next day, and I interviewed a fellow from the International Air Show over Zoom. Went to the west side to get a quick VO shot for a liquor store assault. Got b-roll of small businesses to go with my pack, and requested a couple graphics.
Wednesday: Today was busy! I worked on a pack regarding tourism in Lethbridge, for which I had two new interviews and the one I did the day before. While I was at my one interview at Exhibition Park, I got b-roll for another VO/SOT and asked the same guy questions for a separate story. Once I got back, I had to start writing before I was sent off to a media availability for the U of L’s food donation packages. Basically, I worked o 2 VO/SOTs and a full pack.
Thursday: This story was quite fun to do because it’s something I am personally curious about as I’m in the process of moving right now. I got off to a bit of a slow start, because everyone I called just took messages and never actually got back to me. Finally, 1Up Moving and Delivery agreed to the interview and even drove out to us. We did the interview just outside because I didn’t want to bring anyone into the studio unnecessarily. I heard back from UHaul and did an over-the-phone interview with the communications guy in Arizona. Pretty happy with how today went.
Friday: Last day! Was the first time I did a story like this (centered around a single couple). I didn’t leave the newsroom at all because I didn’t need to. They were in quarantine since they had just returned from overseas, and all the broll was either photos they sent me or stuff from file. I could have had this story done very early, but I had SO many technical difficulties with the editing program. It was like the universe was against me.
Overall, a really great experience that I’m so thankful gets to continue for at least another 7 months!