Today was my last day interning at the station. I did very small tasks due to the fact that it was the end of the week and almost everything was done. I observed Andrew and Mia while they edited the promotional video (also known as a “promo”) for the Antique Road Show. Andrew rolled tape of people reacting to low prices of the antique items and used a woman’s voice advertising the low prices over more footage. In the background was the instrumental version of the song “Country Fried” by the Zack Brown band. This song was first chosen by me in the first week of my internship when Mia asked me to choose a song for this promo. When I was done with this, I interviewed staff members for my paper I am writing that deals with how technology has influenced television stations. Most importantly, I said good-bye to most of the people I worked with. Overall, today was bittersweet because I am leaving people who I love to work with, yet I am satisfied that I have more experience with the communications field. I have learned a tremendous amount and will most defiantly use it to my advantage in the future.
Today was one of the most interesting days at PBS. This was due to the fact that someone came in to be interviewed for a segment on the show “ArtStreet” at one o’clock. His name is Peter Pozo, and he is an interior decorator. Although he wanted a series on the before and after process of designing apartments, Mia explained that it was very expensive to do that and a segment would be in his best interest. Through this, I learned that TV stations prefer one hour long segments as opposed to half hour long segments. This is because it is less work to fill in time slots because there are fewer programs to work with. I was very intrigued and impressed with Peter. Aside from the fact that he is amiable and persistent, he is extremely successful – he started his own business by knocking on people’s doors with only $500 to his name. Aside from this, the day was full of looking at the time codes I did for the Martin Luther King Jr. archive footage. Mia and I did this before and after Peter came in to be interviewed (Note: we are unsure whether or not we can do a segment with him. However, it is looking to be in his favor). Overall, today was a very fun day yet it was filled with work.
Today I did more research to find additional archives on Martin Luther King, Jr. After looking up the number online, I called the St. Augustine Historical Society and discovered that their website, Oldesthouse.org, has a research library that one can find archive items in. However, when Mia and I looked online, we were unsuccessful in our results. When we typed in “Martin Luther King” or “Civil Rights Movement”, nothing came up. On another website I looked up called Nps.gov, we only found pictures of people looking at Martin Luther King photos. As if that weren’t enough, the Miami Dade Regional Library lost a movie that is essential for the whole production Mia and I are organizing. Overall, today was an unsuccessful and somewhat frustrating day. Yet, I did have time for small tasks – I mailed out packages for Mia and I also put addresses on stacks of brochures that will be sent out tomorrow.
Today was a rather relaxing day. The work I was assigned to do was rather easy and thankfully did not involve strenuous hours on the computer. Mia assigned me to find background information on a singer named Wendy Pedersen. This is because Wendy is expected to come to the studio on July 15. While conducting my research, I found various websites that provided information. One website even provided a list of songs from her new album that one could listen to. Mia and I also went over the time codes I did for the Martin Luther King Jr. tapes. By doing this, I learned more information about the controversial history (although they didn’t all concern King) that were shown on the tapes. For instance, one controversial incident was when a black man was shot dead by a white police officer because he was “coming toward” him and the police officer felt threatened. Needless to say, the officer was found innocent. Overall, today involved minimal research and work and was therefore a bit dull. However, I did aid Mia in mailing two packages.
Today was a short day due to the fact that Mia had a doctor’s appointment at 2:00. However, I still had work to do. For instance, yesterday I formatted the Weird Florida website budget on Excel and today I had to finalize everything and ensure that the format was correct. The majority of it was, except for the spacing of two numbers. This was because no matter how many different methods I tried, the program would not allow what I wanted. So, we left it as is. I also wrote a brief summary about the Weird Florida website itself. I had to incorporate statistics into this summary and discovered that 6, 247 people have visited the site since it opened on August 1, 2009 and that there have been 7, 364 views since then as well. Overall, today was brief yet busy.
Today I came into the office early in order to go with Mia and two members of the production crew to the South Florida Black Archive Center to see pictures of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the program on him. We also went to see if we could find more information on him as well. We packed up camera equipment and drove over in our van. The woman who answered the door to the building looked a bit perplexed due to the fact that she and Mia had a miscommunication – the woman thought that Mia and I were the only ones that were going to be there without equipment although Mia informed her that she was bringing others along with a camera. Unfortunately, due to this miscommunication, we only were able to look at numerous articles and very few photographs. The majority of the photographs we did see, however, could not be used due to copyright issues. We left after doing more research (we wrote down names of those who we thought might have had contact with King) and went back to the office. At the office, I formatted a web budget for the Weird Florida website and was surprised to find that websites cost money to make. I assumed that making them was free! I also mailed a few packages for Mia. Although the archive portion of the day was a bit disappointing, Mia and I felt a small sense of hope regarding the new names that we found that could have connections to King.
Today was a rather relaxing day. I did less computer work and instead worked more on doing small errands for Mia since I finished all my work that was assigned to me last night (I always do, actually). I mailed out “doggy bandanas” for her for the television show Weird Florida, sent out a letter to the South Florida Library Archives, searched for a speech online, and spoke with her about the upcoming plans for the Martin Luther King program. Today was enjoyable, however – I had an opportunity to look at old pictures with Mia of the crew from the 1980s. By doing this, I found out that WLRN actually separated from Channel 2 in the 1960s and didn’t build their current building till the 1980s. Who would’ve thought?