After two relaxing weeks off from school, I began the second half of my four-week work experience today with Citytv’s Breakfast Television. (I had earned two-weeks worth of credits when I interned with 24 Hours Vancouver back in December.)
This time around, my internship experience was completely different.
For starters, I woke up at 4:20 a.m. to get to the Vancouver station for 7 a.m. Apart from taking a wrong turn, I didn’t get lost, and I found free parking just over a block away.
I watched the show for two hours (it runs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. every morning) and learned a bit about the production process. I got to sit in the production room with the producer, director and the dozens of feeds from various cameras on- and off-location. I also spent time on the floor with the floor manager and camera crew while the show was being filmed.
After that, I had a tour of the building before setting out in a Citytv van to shadow a reporter and cameraman on an interview for a feature story.
Overall, it was an incredible experience and I enjoyed every bit of it. Because I don’t have any television broadcast courses at school, it was great to be able to just sit and watch the pros do their thing.
I have two full weeks at Breakfast Television, and I can’t wait to learn more. But the hours will be tough: I start at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow, meaning my alarm is set for 3 a.m.
Tonight, I will be going to bed pretty much right after dinner.