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August 8, 2014

20140808-205248.jpgWhen I walked into 6News the first day of my internship, I was so nervous that I didn’t eat lunch. I spent the morning getting the lay of the land, the afternoon on a shoot with a reporter at City Hall and all day with a notebook in my hand, trying to figure out technology and protocol. I watched the producer booth the 6 p.m. newscast, then went home.

And threw up.

Now, it’s 11 weeks later. The last day of my internship. I no longer get nervous walking through the doors. And the vomiting has ceased. (For the record, it only happened that one time).

I’ve been thinking all week about this blog post — how to encapsulate a summer’s worth of journalism knowledge and articulate how integral each of the personalities sitting in that newsroom has been to my journalism education in a few paragraphs on a website without sounding too cheesy.

There was the time a reporter and I literally chased down a story, speeding through Lawrence to find where an anonymous person had hidden some cash.

There were the five hours I spent at the Douglas County Courthouse Tuesday night, playing my own role in the station’s primary election coverage by calling returns back to the newsroom.

There were the mistakes, not making sure the talent in the field knew who was at the desk and hearing him say the wrong name, twice.

There were the second chances, making a sign to ensure the talent in the field knew who was at the desk and hearing him say the right name, twice.

There were the countless car and news vehicle conversations, learning about surviving in the business and continuing to grow and learn.

There were all the moments I figured out what it means to be a good news producer and acquired foundational skills, such as writing tight copy, stacking shows and boothing newscasts.

There was the day the news director emailed me, asking if I thought I was ready to solo produce because now was my opportunity. I took it and can’t wait to do it again.

It wasn’t always perfect, but the news world rarely is.

There was the night everything was on track, so naturally, lightning struck — literally — halting the video system and bringing out those critical thinking skills. It’s no fun if everything runs smoothly 100 percent of the time. In news, you roll with the punches and always have a plan B. It gives your adrenaline a chance to shine.

Sitting in the producer’s chair. Reading over scripts. Double-checking correct videos are linked. Asking the talent if they can hear me.

Standby.

The three notes play, signaling the top of the newscast.

My left leg starts bobbing up and down. It won’t stop until the bottom of the hour.

You’re watching 6News.

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