On Tuesday, Oct. 31st, I was given the opportunity to go out with a reporter and photographer and shadow them on an economic development story in Downtown Portsmouth. The story took place on High Street, where an old town business owner and commercial real estate agent named Tony Goodwin was hosting a haunted house in the perimeter of his storefront. The haunted house was accessible to the public from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. When we first got to the scene, Goodwin took us on a tour of the haunted house and showed us what it had to offer. He also, explained his reasoning behind creating this experience and why he chose that location. Goodwin recently opened up Market Street – Vendors Village “Pop-Up Shoppe”, which is a 3,000 square-foot space on High Street that features a plethora of items from 22 local vendors. After interviewing Goodwin and getting a few shots of the store, we decided to go back to the station and log in the information we already had until a little after 6:00pm to get the real action.
When we returned, we quickly followed in a group capture their experience live! Once inside the haunted house, it was dark and a little eerie. There were actors inside placed in certain areas to frighten you as you walk through, projections of spiders crawling around, creepy statues of clowns, and more; however, the point of the haunted house was not to scare people away, but to draw them in. The experience ended and led you into this quaint little store that was filled with cool nic-nacs like comic books, furniture, oil paintings, etc. The entire time I shadowed Joe, he would give me tips and tricks on how to handle myself in the field such as, making sure I post on social media to keep my viewers updated and ensuring you get enough video to create a package. A package in journalism means an edited set of video clips including audio, video, natural sound, and sometimes graphics and special effects.
As we’re leaving the scene, the reporter, Joe Fisher, says, “Oh, I almost forgot! We have to shoot your stand up.” For those of you that don’t know what a stand up is, it’s when the reporter appears in front of the camera to give viewers the basis of the story either to set the story or at the very end. Nervously, I agreed. Joe gave me the mic while the reporter began to set up the camera. I practiced my lines a few times, took a deep breath, and waited for the que to begin. After messing up a total of about five or six times, I finally got it right! Joe nodded and says, “Do it one more time for good luck!” That last take ended up being the best one. At first, I felt nervous and anxious, but afterwards I felt accomplished and eager to do more! This was definitely not the first stand up I’d ever done, but it was the first stand up I’d ever done as an intern for WAVY-TV 10 and it made me feel like a true member of 10 On Your Side.
The video came out very sharp and clean. I think it will be a great addition to add to my resume reel (what journalists use to apply to jobs). It shows a little personality, as well as professionalism and I can’t wait to create my own story line with the video content.