Lights, Camera, Action

Since I last wrote, I was just beginning my internship at HOMTV. I was overwhelmed with emotions, and a state of uncertainty. My decision to continue on this journey has turned into an amazing experience. I have learned to balance an internship, school, and a job. I have gained an assortment of new skills, including shooting and editing video footage. I created my first promo called, “DIY: 5 Things To Protect Our Watersheds.”   

Check out my youtube channel to see new promo releases

I receive weekly assignments, which vary from promos, press releases, and other social media related tasks. I wrote a halloween safety press release with a cute twist for remembering safety tips

Halloween Safety Tips

I attended the 2015 Greater Lansing Area Heart Walk, where I promoted the event on Facebook and Twitter. HOMTV was a media sponsor for the event, so it was great first experience for me to practice my social media techniques.

.2015 Great Lansing Heart Walk

I went outside of my comfort zone when a former Intern named Abby asked me to shoot an  interview and b-roll at Kinawa Middle School. The story was about 5th and 6th graders receiving tablets for learning purposes. It went better than I expected too! Brandie our internship coordinator even told me I shot great b-roll! I was happy I could help out a fellow intern and HOMTV!

First live interview and shoot

If you are interested in a fast paced real world working environment and have a passion for television and the magic behind it, check out my flyer to learn more about the HOMTV internship!

HOMTV Internship Flyer


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First Promo on Air

So I finally managed to complete my first promo/ commercial/ PSA/ whatchamacallit earlier this week.  I say “finally” because most of my progress lately has come at the pace of molasses, but I digress.  This promo is intended to inform Meridian Township residents about the proper place to wash their car (their lawn, not their driveway.)  They’re supposed to wash their car on their lawn because of the waste water – which can contain oil and grease from the car as well as whatever cleaning solution was used – will flow down their driveways and into storm drains.  For those uninitiated – Spoilers!! – the drains lead to the public water supply.  Naturally the water works people would like to prevent any extraneous contamination before trusting that the plant can strain it out.  Hence the PSA.

The thing about how I filmed this was that I couldn’t get access to a suburban home.  I wound up filming at a house that is in the middle the country, with a giant front lawn, surrounded by trees, and its obvious just by looking at it that there isn’t a storm drain for miles.  Not really the where the target demographic for the promo lives.  Ultimately I did it that way because I didn’t want to just go to some house, film there without permission, drive on their lawn, and, much more importantly, risk getting caught.  Nor did I decide to call a suburb office or real estate and ask if I could film at one of their houses.   And drive on the lawn.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s really nothing wrong with the promo.  Its just that whenever anyone makes anything, that person will forever always see what they substituted over what they actually wanted.  I’d like to say that maybe I’d do another version, but… meh.

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The HOM Away From Home

Let’s start by going back to how I stumbled upon HOMTV. It was November 2014 in the midst of one of my long 3 hour night classes. Our teacher dismissed for our 15 minute break and instead of going to get a drink of water or using the rest room I typed in ‘reporting internships in Michigan’ on my computer. Applying early for a summer internship was heavy on my mind. To my surprise, HOM TV popped up and I felt like I discovered a hidden treasure. I was already in an internship with the American Heart Association, but I was ready to get a hands on experience in front of the camera.

I’m always a person that plans ahead for my life and career. Once I got home, I knew this was the place I had to go. The next day I was excited to go to my internship at AHA and speak to my boss about HOMTV. Her eyes lit up and she screamed, “Bria, I interned there in college!” From that point I knew I had to apply for the reporting position. Internships accepting summer interns for the following year usually have a deadline of March or April. I applied in December, almost 3 months before the deadline. I was hopeful that I would get the internship if it was meant for me.

Bria and Communications Director of the Southeast American Heart Association, Melissa Thrasher

Bria and Communications Director of the American Heart Association Southeast Michigan, Melissa Thrasher

Fast forward to April and I was getting a call to interview with the internship coordinator for the reporting internship. I was ecstatic. I drove up to Okemos the next week and had my interview. During the interview, my stomach was on the floor. I thought I bombed the whole thing. Nevertheless, I got an acceptance email two weeks later and couldn’t believe it. However, the happy ending doesn’t end there.

With my senior year almost done, my summer semester would be packed with three classes. I didn’t know how I was going to balance my rigorous schedule on top of HOMTV’s schedule. I still wanted the experience and credit for my university. I called and spoke with Brandie (Internship Coordinator) told her my situation and asked if my internship could be delayed until the fall when I would be able to make proper accommodations.

Bria with her dad and mom, DeWayne and Ruby

Bria with her parents DeWayne and Ruby

My parents assured me that HOMTV would allow me to delay the internship and not to worry. I didn’t believe them and thought the worst for no reason. Sure enough the next day I received a phone call from Brandie accepting the delay and to contact her in early July to get everything ready for the fall.

Bria Brown, Rookie, Reporting Track

Bria Brown Reporting Intern


I can’t believe it’s been three weeks since my internship started. The staff at HOMTV has been nothing but open arms. I find myself getting here early and staying here late, even on days I’m not scheduled. It’s been a lot of work for sure, but our Rookie group is taking it like the champs we are. The “Rookies” have already become a family. We’re always laughing or thinking of ways to help each other get the job done. I can already tell a difference in the way I shoot, edit and report stories in this short period of time. I can’t wait to see my growth within the next couple months!

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First Blog Post (An Unoriginal Title)

imgOKAY. Let’s do this thing. My very first blog post for HOMTV.

It’s crazy to think that I just started here. I know I’m just a ‘rookie’ and that I still have A LOT to learn but I honestly feel like I’ve always been here– like I belong. It’s like I’m HOM (I don’t regret using that joke.)

Seriously though, everybody that works here is passionate and fun to be around. It’s already making this experience A++. 10/10 would recommend.

I grew up in this tiny little town called Bear Lake. It’s up north, about 45 minutes away from Traverse City. Most people seem to know where TC is, nobody’s ever heard of Bear Lake.

I graduated high school in 2011 with a class of eighteen. Yes, it was small. We’d basically been together since elementary school, everybody knew everybody but it wasn’t all bad. That small-town charm.

I came to MSU and the East Lansing area because I wanted a BIG school, a BIG place that would provide me with plenty of opportunities. I finished up my LAST class at State over this past summer– honestly, I still don’t feel like it’s over. It’s so weird not having to get up for class everyday.

I had this brief moment of panic this summer after I finished my last class. I feared that my life was going nowhere— you know, the general ‘oh no I’m an adult now and I don’t have my life figured out yet’. The day I got the email that said I would be a production intern at HOMTV was the day I finally felt I could breathe again. I called my mother and literally said ‘MY LIFE ISN’T GOING NOWHERE’ I was (and still am incredibly excited).

These first few weeks have been INSANE, in a good way. I love it here, and am more than ready to get the necessary experience and make the most out of my time. This is an amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to get my first assignment so I can prove to myself that I CAN DO THIS.

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The Real Life at HOM


It already has been three weeks since I started to live (work) at HOM, and I’m really feeling that THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOM!

I’m Ji Eun Lee, (just call me Ji by the way) and I’m one of the Rookie Interns at HOMTV for this fall semester 2015! I’m working in the production track at HOMTV, and I’ve always been so passionate to work as a production crew at television stations. So, let me tell you how I got into this, and how all my life as a production crew started.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 1.21.01 PM I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but surprisingly, my family moved to Jalisco, Mexico when I was 12 years old, so I lived there for about 8 years until I came to Michigan for college. The food in this picture is one of my favorite Mexican food! Carne en su jugo! Isn’t this look delicious? I miss Mexico so much, that I often go to visit on vacations since my parents are still living there. So if anyone knows Spanish, HABLAME EN ESPANOL! QUIERO PRACTICAR CON USTEDES since it has been awhile I practiced Spanish and so sadly, I’m starting to forgetting some words. 😦 I would say that I’m a very multi-cultural girl, since I experienced three different types of culture in my life. Korea – Mexico – and the United States.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 1.24.53 PM And here I am, living at Michigan for 4 years now. I attended Michigan State University as Media Information major, and I learned so many things that I hoped to learn! I took few short films and few promo videos, and when I was senior at MSU, I also worked as a production crew for Focal Point, MSU’s student produced newscast.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 1.17.31 PM Then guess what! I graduated on this May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree! Yay! After the graduation, thank God that I got accepted into HOMTV internship, and I’m here sitting at the intern room of HOMTV, typing this wonderful blog post.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 1.21.30 PM My first three weeks at HOMTV has been very busy learning so many things, but I can really see myself enjoying every works because it is the job that I always dreamed of! So far I learned how to operate cameras, to edit, and to write the scripts for Meridian News Now! Some of the works are very difficult, but I’m hoping to get use to them. I can’t wait to get my first REAL assignment, and work with REAL live shows. I will post how they would go, so hang on with me until the next time!

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Let’s take a walk…

Go ahead and sit back, relax, and take a moment to indulge into my life. Oh…you may want to grab some popcorn while you’re at it.

Hmm…where should I get started…AH! I know!

First off, aloha everyone! My name is Alysia Burgio and if you’re reading this that means you must be curious about how I got to where I am now. So if that’s the case, let me tell ya!

I am 24 years old with a hardcore passion for television reporting. Currently, I am interning at HOMTV in Okemos, MI and boy oh boy has it been a rollercoaster already. But before I get into everything I have been doing recently, let me give you some background on how I got started and tell you a little bit about me in general . Drumroll please!


The most recent picture of my sister Lexi and I 🙂

I have 6 members in my family including little ol’ me. Two awesome older brothers (32 & 30) and one younger sister (who is officially 21 now, yikes!) yes, I am a middle child. In terms of my parents, they are the greatest mom and dad anyone could ask for. I know everyone says that about their parents but mine truly are. If you couldn’t tell already, I am a huge family person..they are my rock.

I graduated high school in 2009 after taking a broadcasting class my junior and senior year. That is where my love for this exhilarating profession came into play. I attended Oakland Community College for 2 years and received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts…so basically, I got a high five on completing all my general core classes. Woohoo go me!

Fast forward a tad and this is where I began my adventure at Central Michigan University. To say I was involved in my program would be an understatement. I LITERALLY DID EVERYTHING! I immediately got involved with CMU’s television station News Central 34.FB_IMG_1442929429952
I got offered the position of being a health reporter, entertainment reporter, multi-media journalist, and eventually became a producer my senior year. Being a part of NC34 was one of the greatest experiences of my undergrad BY FAR.

Besides that, I was heavily involved with an organization in my program called the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) where I was the President my senior year. Every year, NBS attends a National Convention in a different state where members attend several panels daily to speak with broadcast professionals.IMG_20150328_202325 At the end of my senior year, my chapter was awarded 2 awards which was the greatest feeling in the entire world. Here is a photo of Catie Goins (the Vice President at the time), my faculty advisor Jeff Smith and I at the award show! Pretty awesome isn’t it?!

I also hosted my own show called “RSO in the Spotlight,” co-produced a show called “Face in the Crowd,” hosted a few radio talk shows over the years, and did a few other knick-knacks here and there.

FINALLY, I graduated from CMU this August with my Bachelor’s in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts with a minor in Communication.IMG_20150824_185625 I actually just received my diploma a few weeks ago (hence my excitement in the photo) which was an overwhelming feeling considering it was the most expensive piece of paper I have ever held!


And yes, that is Mr. Guy Gordon everyone. One of the most supportive and talented people I have ever met.

Directly after my senior year ended in May, I began an internship at WDIV Local 4 in Detroit where I worked for the show “Live in the D.” It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life and I felt so honored to have been given the opportunity to work there. I gained so much experience with reporting and writing and met so many wonderful people.IMG_20150905_161058

Now here I am, currently sitting at HOMTV writing this blog for you lovely individuals. It has been one heck of a rollercoaster as I mentioned earlier. So far we’re in the process of workshops upon workshops BUT we get our first assignment on Friday which I’m beyond stoked about! We’ve already gotten to go out and play with cameras, practice interviewing and work on our writing skills. Snapchat--356149274129697985Although everything is pretty overwhelming right now, I know I am going to gain so much experience with this internship and it will definitely help prepare me for my first reporting job.

So with that being said, I applause you for getting through my entire novel of a blog!

Reporting from inside my head, Alysia Burgio, HOMTV. Until next time everyone.

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There’s HOME and then there’s HOM.

Joe web

This is probably one of the better pictures I’ve taken.

After you get past that shiny part on my head and my uncertain, socially awkward smile, it’s a very professional, sophisticated picture right?

My name is Joe Starr and I’m a Production intern at HOMTV and boy am I glad to be here.

Born and raised in Grand Ledge and being a GLHS Graduate of 2011, I was ready to spread my wings and fly away to a new place…
Okay, I didn’t fly far, seeing as my wings took me to Kalamazoo where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Video and Media Studies at Western Michigan University.
I whole heartedly embraced and cherished my time at WMU and I value everything that I’ve learned there.

So fast forward four years and you’ll find me sitting in my parent’s living room, back in Grand Ledge in the middle of July looking at the online posting for an intern with Meridian Township.
The position would require me to move back home, but what else did I have going on?
I was working a part-time job in food service and I felt that I was beginning to grow tired of my living situation.

So here I am.

I don’t consider this internship an “internship.” It’s executed and structured like a job… Which I think is awesome and will greatly benefit me in the future, as it has with the people who have gone before me at the HOMTV internship program.
Some of HOMTV’s alumni live and work in large cities for very notable corporations like the Walt Disney Company or the Speed Network.

I’ve had previous classes and internship-type experiences that weren’t structured like this at all, so I think it’ll be good to finally start getting in the habit of having a professional responsibility to an organization.

Once we got started with the program, we hit the ground running. There was so much information to digest.
I’m serious.
So. Much. Information.

In the past three weeks that I’ve been here at HOMTV, I’ve left multiple times worrying about how I was going to complete projects or continue further in the program.
However, these fears and insecurities were always remedied with a quick pep talk by our internship coordinator Brandie, who I’ve already noted myself to talk to whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed.

In the many things that we’ve learned, I’m really excited to edit raw footage on Final Cut Pro and learn the different camera techniques in a news production format. I’m really looking forward to working on live productions and strengthening my skills in audio, directing and being technical director. One thing that I can already think of that is going to require a lot of practice is learning how to use our video storage unit, FibreJet.

Actually, there are two things I’m going to need to practice… FibreJet and the switcher…

And practicing my 3 second shot…

Ok, so I’m going to need A LOT of practice with these three things alone, along with other skills that I haven’t quite gotten down yet… but that’s what the internship is for, learning, correcting mistakes and growing in your field.

So yes, the title of this blog posting is not a typo but a very interesting comparison between the two…
Home is Grand Ledge, where my family and friends reside and where I first started understanding that my passion is for film and television production…
And HOM is pretty much the same thing but my my friends will become my family and I can continue to thrive and grow in a positive media production environment.

It’s on my bucket list to win an award for doing any kind of film or television production and I really think that HOMTV can help me get there.


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