This was one of the most stressful days here at HOMTV, but also one of my favorites. A 17.5 hour day is now behind me, but every second was worth it.
I arrived at the station at 9am to work on a story to air later that night and to also work on a short voter response story.
I had been trying to contact the 30th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Paula Manderfield to talk with her about her decision to step down from her position as the presiding Judge in the General Trial Division. However, she was on vacation so I had to find another route. Finally, on Election Day, I was able to find someone at the court to talk to me.
I drove to the court house in Lansing, did the interview, filmed outside the building and got yelled at by a very intoxicated pedestrian. It was a little bit of a struggle knowing that I was on a time crunch, but this is what I live for.
I then decided to drive over to one of the precinct locations to talk to voters about their decisions on each of the Township Proposals. While I was waiting for people to come out from the polls, I wrote my court story on my phone from what I could remember from the interview. At this point in the day, I had about 2.5 hours to get everything done before we had to start getting ready for our live election coverage and I was feeling like a true journalist.
I then ran back to the station and made sure that everyone’s voter responses were done correctly, adding a Ballot Meridian graphic and exported each story. Then it was time to finish my court story. At this point, I had 30 mins to voice and edit my story. I really couldn’t have been more excited and pumped up while working. I knew I could get it done and I was feeling really good.
Finishing just 5 mins after deadline, I was reading to take on Election Night. My job was to work in the Inter Room editing interviews that the other reporters would bring me, run camera for the “newsroom” shot and do whatever else anyone needed me to do.
One candidate came to the station looking to to a taped interview instead of going live in the studio. So I was asked to do the interview. I helped get the camera and the cards set up to record, found a camera operator and did the interview. Then I took the video back to the intern room and edited the short piece together. I was flying and I was having so much fun! I think I only had one really noticeable error in my editing all night. Thinking back to all that I did, I would say that is pretty good.
I can’t even being to express how excited I am for the November Election! We used all kinds of new things for this live coverage of the August Primaries, and I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do next.