Two weeks ago I got a chance to saddle-up and go to the rodeo (well I didn’t actually get on a horse and I just went to rodeo practice.) I got to do a story on the Missouri Valley College Men’s Rodeo team who is No. 1 in the nation. This was a great experience, I love learning about sports that are not in the mainstream (like basketball, baseball, football, etc.) The people were great, all of the guys were super polite and called me ma’am (even though I was the same age as them and a college student as well.) Being a small town girl, I was not in shock as I got to move around with the cows, goats, and horses while trying not to step in their you-know-what. That is probably one reason why the sports office gave me the story. But it was a story gold mine, meaning there was so many great people to talk to and so many great opportunities for video and action shots.
I am pretty happy with the way the story turned out. There are a few things that I could have worked a little better but overall I am pretty satisfied with it, and it was so much fun to do. Which brings me to my next story that I did the next week. Once again, I am constantly reminded every time I do a news story that I want to do sports stories. This time I did a story on how storm clean-up around Columbia was still underway four days after the storm. Some of the clean-up crew was clearing a tree off the side of somebody’s house that day and they wanted me to go get some video out of that and turn it into a story. Don’t get me wrong, this was not a bad story to do at all, all the people were nice and there was a lot of chances for video. It just didn’t really capture my interest as much as the rodeo story (but I am not going to lie, it was pretty fascinating to see a tree on the side of a house.) I don’t outright dislike doing news stories, I just prefer sports if I am able to do it.
I had more problems shooting this story because of the lighting issues. The sun was super bright and there were a lot of trees in the area, so you were either in the shade and back lit, or in the sun and too bright. Also, after the fact, I think my stand-up was too long. Overall, I think the subject matter did much better as a VO/SOT/VO when that ran during the 5 and 6 PM newscasts.
To get my weekly dose of doing sports I also anchor the morning show sports on Tuesdays. I have only done it a few times and I think I really need to work on having my personality shine through more and being more assertive with what I am saying.
I really enjoy doing it and really like that I have the opportunity to practice. I will hopefully do more of this going into the summer and am really looking forward to learning more from this and getting better.