Ahoj from the CZ!! It’s hard to believe that I have been interning with Czech Television for a little over three weeks now because I have accomplished so much. I have learned how a Czech newsroom operates, how to shoot a Facebook Live story, and most importantly, how to work in a foreign environment.
My first story was completed and posted to the Udalosti Brno’s Facebook page. The news package was on the Taxi vs. Uber controversy in the Czech Republic. I’m proud to say that it has over 11 thousand views already. I also wrote my first blog post called “Why Brno?”, which is based on what I will be doing during my time overseas. Thanks to my Comm 465 broadcast journalism class, I feel very prepared for this internship. It has enabled me to use the story telling techniques I learned at Penn State and apply them here in the Czech Republic.
On October 11th, I attended a two-hour long editing workshop. I not only learned about the Sony Xpri editing platform but was taught how to use it. Although it is a different operating system than I am accustom to, I looked at it as another tool I can add to my broadcasting toolbox. One of the best and most helpful parts of my internship is that I am partnered with a Czech Intern, Radka Balajková. She has been beyond helpful to me during my transition here. She is a very good reporter but more importantly, a great person. However, one of the most interesting things about her is that she plays American football. How about that? I get to work with another athlete and then watch her crush someone on the field. That’s what I call a bonus!!!!
Although everything has been rather smooth, I have encountered some problems, like getting lost on the way to work. I take tram 8 from the main train station and unbeknownst to me it was under construction. I ended up getting off in an unfamiliar part of Brno. I’d like to say that by using my critical thinking skills I was able to find the right stop. In reality, it was my GPS’s skills that did the trick. Even with the hassles and stress involved with moving to a foreign country, I am very happy with all the work and stories I have been able to produce for Czech Television. During my previous newsroom internships, I could participate in field reporting (shadow reporters), pitch stories, and answer the phone at the news desk. On my first day with Czech Television, I shot a teaser (promo video) for the opening of my Facebook stories. It still amazes me that they send me out to shoot my own stories and on top that; they post them for their audience to see.
This internship is full of hands on experience and will only get better. In the upcoming weeks I will also be taking part in a mobile journalism workshop and taking professional photos for my online blog publication. I will also be producing at least two stories with the first one being on the Lynx population and conservation in the Czech Republic. The second story I am covering is the Prague vs. Brno ice hockey game. I am really looking forward to that and being able to tell the hockey coaches and players that Jaromír Jágr lived right down the street from me with a Czech family when he first moved to Pittsburgh as a rookie for the Penguins. Although I was young, I got to meet him several times when my Grandfather, who happens to be Slovak and the Mayor of our small town visited with the host family.