Trinity Students Shadowing WDRB Television Station

For Trinity senior Connor Carrico shadowing at WDRB has been an eye-opening experience. “Shadowing the production elements at WDRB has given me real-world experience that I wouldn’t get anywhere else.” Trinity junior Vince Wolfram agrees. “It’s awesome! The people at WDRB Sports are very open and kind. They help me to learn quickly by actively involving me in the day-to-day work.”

Former Trinity faculty member and current para-professional Mike Farnon is hosting Carrico and Wolfram at the station and spoke about their unique roles on a day-to-day basis. “Vince is in sports and Connor is in production. Both are immersed in the broadcast world as preparation for further study in media in college. The production shadow (Connor) will follow me as I help create daily newscasts. This includes an explanation of how a newscast is created from story idea to on-air presentation. The sports shadow (Vince) will complete specified daily tasks as part of a sports crew: logging games, researching player and coach stats and determining the correct number of games. He will take on the role of a sports reporter by writing copy and shooting and editing stories for potential use on WDRB.”

Wolfram’s favorite part of the job shadow is the firsthand experience learning what professional sportscasters do. “Each time I go to the station, I learn more about the overall process of collecting sports news, producing a segment and reporting sports news segments on television for the entire city to watch live.”

Farnon knows the impact this experience can have.  “This opportunity is unique to WDRB and perhaps Louisville as well. Being in a professional television atmosphere allows the students to understand what life would be like as a broadcaster. This exposure allows them to decide whether they might like to study in communications. Beyond the significant teaching points, this opportunity can have a direct impact on college and even career choices. For example, as a result of participation, one student directed a portion of a live newscast and used it as a demo reel upon entering college. Another student so impressed WDRB that they hired him.”

Job shadowing for Trinity students is another element to the way in which Trinity encourages career exploration. “Job shadowing,” said Farnon, “is an essential element to a complete secondary education. Knowing what one DOES NOT want to pursue is nearly as important as knowing what one DOES want to pursue.”

Wolfram added, “I am taking so much away from this experience! Each reporter has a different style, and for each news story produced, the sportscaster puts his or her own personal spin to it. Their work inspires me to be imaginative, creative, and to put my own unique perspective and personality into every story I produce.” For Carrico, the experience has been similarly engaging. “This is what I want to do in college and beyond. Being able to see this up-close and seeing all of the different aspects that go in to directing a news broadcast has been incredible!”

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