So, what the heck was I doing the whole time I lived in the 7-8-0?
Well, from January until April I interned at AccessTV – now known as CTV2. I was a reporter/producer for the show Alberta Primetime. (Pretty neat little title to put on my email signature, for an intern.) You can check out AB Primetime here.
AB Primetime is a one-hour current affairs show. The show is a pretty unique concept, focusing on provincial issues, politics, etc. Suffice to say, I got a crash course in Alberta politics while I was there. My nerd-bias aside, the Alberta political scene is super interesting right now, and will be for the next couple of years.
During my time working on the show, I did a lot of the shorter segments (what we called a ‘red’ or “Talk of the Town”). The ‘red’ segments are between two and five minutes long, and deal with more hard news issues. ‘Talk of the Town’ segments are two- to three-minute long phone interviews that deal with issues or events happening in Alberta’s rural communities, outside Calgary and Edmonton.
I also got the chance to do some of the longer-form pieces. I organized a couple of Vocal Point panels on Fridays. Those panels have three media personalities from the province look back at the ‘week that was’ in the news, and were really neat to put together. And, last but not least, I put together a ‘green’. The ‘green’ segments are longer in format (10-12 minutes) and usually start the show. They look in-depth at an issue, and with a three-person panel, try and move the argument forward. The piece I did was on the infamous Edmonton downtown arena debate. You can check that one out here.
The topics I covered ranged from the world’s longest hockey game, to the PC leadership race, to a crumbling Fort McMurray condo complex. I got to run prompter during pre-tape and the live show (eep!) and, for a girl who used to have a fear of the phone, got pretty darn good at making cold calls. Such an incredible experience, and a great group of people to work with.
After a brief hiatus in Wilcox, I came back to Edmonton in May to intern with Global. Coming here from AB Primetime was a big shift; Global Edmonton runs five shows per day during the week, so the place is hoppin’ from 5 a.m. to midnight.
I wanted to try my hand at producing, so I was assigned to work with the Noon News producer. She was amazing to work with. Only a few weeks in, she let me produce whole sections of the show on my own. I learned to build a lineup, choose and write stories, and manage time. Again, a great learning experience.
If I didn’t know how much I love producing by the time I started at Global, I sure did by the time I left. And even though I really, really hate mornings, I did love that 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. shift.
So, there ya have it. That’s what kept me busy for eight months in Edmonton.