Internship Journal | Texas Standard

TOTAL COUNTS:

  • Readers – 26
  • Written web posts – 30
  • Produced stories – 8
  • My own stories on air – 1.5
  • News with Becky – 6

JOURNAL:

  • 5/16 – 2 hours; 9am to 11am
    • Toured studio, watched live taping and interviews
  • 5/21 – 6.5 hours; 7:30am to 2pm
    • Wrote a reader about Fredericksburg peaches
    • Gave pitches on Slack, joined the Texas Standard Rundown, searched for news
    • Attended daily pitches meeting to discuss topics on tomorrow’s show
    • Wrote questions for a 2pm interview with Bill Kilday, author of Never Lost Again
  • 5/22 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote readers about Nikki Haley’s UN speech and about a Dallas art installation
    • Slacked pitches, joined Trello, searched for news
    • Wrote a story for the web (In 2006, Justin O’Connell Relearned How To Walk. Now, He Runs Marathons), workshopped headlines/subheads
    • Contacted a person to find availability of book authors for a phone interview
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Wrote a cut and copy script, edited the audio for the cut out of a two minute section
  • 5/23 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote readers about a San Antonio flower vault extension and the Rockets’ fourth game win
    • Slacked pitches and searched for news
    • Wrote a Q&A for the web (As Drought Spreads Across Texas, Ranchers Are Forced To Liquidate Their Stock), workshopped headlines/subheads
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Sat in on a conference call with Senator John Cornyn to discuss the Santa Fe shooting, prison reform legislation, and his new bill that helps increase prosecutions for juvenile victims of assault on military bases
      • Wrote a cut and copy on Cornyn’s new bill
  • 5/24 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
  • WEEK 1 TOTAL: 24.5 hours | TOTAL: 26.5 hours
  • 5/28 – 4 hours; 8am to 12pm
  • 5/29 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote readers about inmate-grown produce being donated to a Texas food bank and Dallas home prices
    • Wrote a Q&A for the web (To Succeed In High School Baseball, It Helps To Be Wealthy), workshopped headlines/subheads
    • Sat in for interview with David Brown and Chad Mitchell
      • Created an edit of the Mitchell interview
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
  • 5/30 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
  • WEEK 2 TOTAL: 16 hours | TOTAL: 42.5 hours
  • 6/1 – Mitchell interview aired: The Story of An Unlikely Abilene High Football Championship Becomes A Movie
  • 6/4 – 4.5 hours; 7:30am to 12pm
  • 6/5 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote a reader about the 2018 Latino Comic Con
    • Wrote a Q&A for the web (Public Apologies Are Becoming More Common, And So Is Public Cynicism)
    • Researched Austin homelessness for a possible story or show ID
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
      • Discussed ideas for reporting on self-heating/cooling technology – Heat Genie
    • Sent an email to get contact information for an interview about the Pentagon’s Artificial Intelligence program that can find nuclear missiles
      • Scheduled an interview with Phil Stewart about Pentagon AI
    • Cut and edited some audio about paid sick leave in Dallas and San Antonio
  • 6/6 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote a reader about a cafe in Fort Worth banning plastic straws
    • Slacked pitches, searched for news
    • Wrote a Q&A for the web (This West Texas Sculpture Comes To Life At The Full Moon)
    • Wrote questions and an introduction for Pentagon AI interview, confirmed interview time and date
      • Sat in for interview and edited the audio
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
  • 6/7 – 5.5 hours; 8am to 1:30pm
  • WEEK 3 TOTAL: 22 hours | TOTAL: 64.5 hours
  • 6/11 – 6.25 hours; 7:45am to 2pm
  • 6/13 – 6.25 hours; 7:45am to 2pm
    • Wrote a reader about the 55 people that were found in an 18-wheeler in San Antonio
    • Slacked pitches and searched for news
    • Recorded a live Texas Education Agency meeting
    • Set up an interview with Dr. Peter Hotez on Texas city anti-vaccinations
      • Wrote an intro and questions for the interview
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
  • 6/14 – 6.5 hours; 7:30am to 2pm
    • Wrote readers about Texas giving the okay to a “Mexican American” textbook title and about how the University of Houston can be sued for copyright infringement
    • Contacted the Texas Workforce Commission for an interview about a STEM Summit
    • Contacted a Texas zoo about an upcoming mermaid day over the weekend
    • Made a cut and copy from the State Board of Education meeting that occurred the day before
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Contacted the mayors of Austin and San Antonio about net neutrality interview
  • WEEK 4 TOTAL: 19 hours | TOTAL: 83.5 hours
  • 6/18 – 6.25 hours; 8am to 2:15pm
    • Wrote a reader about First Lady Laura Bush saying separating immigrant families is cruel and immoral
    • Slacked pitches and searched for news
    • Conducted an interview with Ruth Ruggero Hughs of the Texas Workforce Commission
      • Wrote a spot and a cut and copy of the interview, voiced the spot
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Researched aeroponic farming in Texas
  • WEEK 5 TOTAL: 6.25 hours | TOTAL: 89.75 hours
  • 6/25 – 6.25 hours; 7:45am to 1:45pm, 2:45pm to 3:45pm
    • Wrote a reader about a charter school wanting to educate immigrant children
    • Slacked pitches and searched for news
    • Re-recorded STEM summit spot for the day’s show
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Confirmed rescheduled interview with Dr. Hotez for Wednesday at 1:30pm
    • Scheduled an interview with the head of the Chagas Task Force
    • Got information on interviewing a girl whose dog got Chagas after being bitten by a kissing bug
    • Started writing kissing bugs/Chagas story
  • 6/26 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote a reader about HEB opening a taco shop in San Antonio
    • Slacked pitches and searched for news
    • Confirmed 10am interview with Chagas Task Force leader
      • Conducted interview with Dr. Paula Stigler-Granados
      • Contacted Candace Stark (a woman who has Chagas) about an interview
      • Worked on scheduling an interview with Sara Light about her Chagas dog
    • Wrote a Q&A for the web (Before Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy, There Was Another Tactic To Remove Immigrants)
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
  • 6/27 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
  • 6/28 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
  • WEEK 6 TOTAL: 24.25 hours | TOTAL: 114 hours
  • 7/3 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Slacked pitches and searched for news
    • Wrote a Q&A for the web (For The Second Time, Dell Will Be A Public Company)
    • Interviewed Sara Light about her dog with Chagas
      • Edited Light interview and cut soundbites for story
    • Scheduled interview with Candace Stark
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Edited Stigler-Granados interview sound bites for story
  • 7/4 – 4 hours; 7:30 to 11:30am
  • 7/5 – 6 hours; 12 to 6pm
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Edited Chagas script and formatting
      • Put together the Adobe Audition multitrack project
    • Interviewed Candace Stark
  • WEEK 7 TOTAL: 16 hours | TOTAL: 130 hours
  • 7/9 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Slacked pitches ad searched for news
    • Edited Candace Stark interview and cut sound bites
    • Edited Chagas script and sent to Laura Rice for script edit
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Began working with Jill Ament on a segment about mosquito assassins in Harris County
  • 7/10 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
  • 7/11 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote a reader about butterflies swarming across Texas after it rained
    • Slacked pitches and searched for news
    • Emailed RAICES about a possible interview over the $20 million bond check to the Trump administration
      • Interviewed RAICES Communications Director
      • Wrote a cut and copy and a spot script about interview
    • Looked into the state’s new law deregulating booting in September 2018, found who authored the bill
    • Wrote a story ID about Willie Nelson for the web (How Willie Nelson’s Love For Texas Led Him To Give Up The Grand Ole Opry)
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Recorded RAICES spot and re-recorded Chagas narration
  • 7/12 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote a reader about Selena Quintanilla landing on Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest” list
    • Re-edited Chagas story with new narration and sent it to Laura for review
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
    • Contacted RAICES Communications Director again to schedule interview with executive director on Monday
  • WEEK 8 TOTAL: 24 hours | TOTAL: 154 hours
  • 7/16 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
    • Wrote an introduction and questions for the RAICES interview that got confirmed over the weekend
      • Sat in for interview with Jonathan Ryan, RAICES executive director
    • Wrote a Q&A for the web (Are Economic Incentives A Good Deal For Taxpayers?)
    • Wrote an introduction and questions for an interview about mosquito assassins
    • Edited RAICES interview for an on-air and extended web version
    • Attended daily pitches meeting
  • 7/17 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm
  • 7/19 – 6 hours; 8am to 2pm

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