Secret Success Stories: Ilyssa Weiner From WCTI News Channel 12

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Secret Success Stories: Ilyssa Weiner From WCTI News Channel 12

This week we spoke with one of our former Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors, Ilyssa Weiner who is now a news producer for WCTI Channel 12 in New Bern, North Carolina.

Questions

I know you landed a job fairly fast after college. Can you tell us about the process? How did you hear about the position and apply for it and how many other jobs did you apply for?

Answers

I started looking for jobsaround January of senior year. I really really applied March or April. I went on TVJobs.com andwas applying and sending my resume and cover letter and demo reel out to all the positions I was interested in. The final week of school came around and I got a phone callasking if I was free for a phone interview. I immediately said yes and we were on the phone for about 45 minutes. It felt to me like the interview was something meaningful. After the interview the recruitersent me anapplication and writing test. I did the writing test and I got all my references in by the end of the week. I didn't know what would happen butI felt I had a connection with this station. 3 Days after graduation I got the job!!!!

Questions

How did you feel landing a job so quickly after college?

Answers

It felt like I was not expecting to get a job so quickly.

Questions

What was your first day at work like?

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I walked into the station at around 9 o’clock. I got a couple of gifts and I got to meet some of the producers. I helped out a little bit for the show to get the feel of what it’s like working as a producer. Within the next few days I was writing teasers and stories.

A week and a half later I started getting my first schedule.

Questions

In your opinion,what is the difference between being an intern and being an actual employee and having a professional job?

Answers

I graduated college an entire year early. I would say it’s really different because there is a lot more responsibility. I feel like in college I only got a little bit of a feel for producing. Now, I’m getting the actual real deal. Being a producer means making sure everything looks presentable and looks real. There are always surprises in every corner. One day I’ll get a breaking news story and the other day I’ll be working on stories like covering a current event or natural disaster. I feel the difference is that in the real world you are getting to know yourself better without classes and homework and who you are as a person.

Questions

Can you tell us a little about what it means to be a news producer?

Answers

Being a news producer basically means making sure everything goes in order for the show. This means making sure scripts are in order, reporters are covering stories, visuals are in place, and thinking about how to craft a certain story a certain way. For example, if there’s an accident I have to make sure I’m sending out a reporter to the scene vs. if we’re covering a hurricanewe’re thinking about getting a story out there and making sure it’s relatable to an audience. I’m crafting a show and thinking about what the audience cares about and what is going to get their attention.

Questions

What is the BEST and Worst Part of your current job?

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BEST: Finding all the visuals that make the show work. Finding the right thing that make the story appropriate. One story could be just video. Another story can be half screen. I love to craft the story thinking about what is the most appropriate thing that fits the story. I enjoy the crafting part the best.

Worst: My schedule is not a Monday through Friday schedule, I’m on a Friday through Tuesday schedule. I guess if I had to chose a worst part it would be that you are not guaranteed a set schedule.

Questions

Finally, before we close out this interview we have one last question. Can you describe a typical day-in-the-life as a new post grad working in the real world?

Answers

During the week Friday, Monday and Tuesday

9am: I start getting the format for the show together. Make sure my rundown is set

9:30am: Meeting with all reporters to go over ideas for stories for the day.

10:30am-12:00pm: Finding stories and packages to put on the air

12:00pm I boost the news show.

12:30pm to about 2:30pm: I continue to find stories and write them and making sure everything is going good. Especially national content.

2:30pm making sure stories are fine tuned. We also have our afternoon meeting. We go over what is trending on the website. I go over what I have in my shows. Today I did the 5pm and 5:30pm show asidefrom the local content

3:30 keep working on my shows.

4:30 print my 5 o’clock show out.

5:00-5:30 I’m in the booth and run the show. Keep in constant communications with director, news anchor, and meteorologist

6 o clock- discrepancy report of what went wrong in the show take note and send it out.

On a weekend I come in at around 1:30pm except I’m producing 3 shows. 6 o’clock 10 o’clock and 11o’clock

The only difference during the weekends is that I have to edit the video and bringing it over because we don’t have an editor. I’m all by myself me with the news anchor and weather person and sports person.