Madness is an accurate description.
People running everywhere, people yelling, searching social media, moving cameras, running in and out of the intern room, dropping their footage off to be edited, and live Skype interviews. Everything you probably don’t imagine is happening behind the scenes of what you are seeing on your television.
For many interns who helped run this show, this summer has been our first experience with municipal government and this election coverage has been our first hardcore live production. And like I just said it was incredibly hectic.
But we pressed on, we did our best, and we will be here much longer after you turn off your TV.
The interesting part I feel, is that we all got an insight to the gears and cogs of what has been moving around us our whole lives. Politics and show-business. Two things maybe not so different. But so much more work than you realize goes into these productions, so much hard work, so much sweat, so much hair-pulling craziness because people really work hard to make sure you, as a voter, are informed and that you, as a voter, get all the reporting and all the recanting of what’s happening around you and in your township. I, myself am a Meridian Township resident, have been for the last 20 years and I have to admit I never really paid much attention to the off year elections, but tonight watching all of this, how much work even the candidates we got to film interviews and debates with and to talk to how much they put into it how much the full-time HOMTV staff puts into it. It is incredible to see how much people actually care about what’s going on in their backyard. Sometimes it’s really easy to think, especially living so close to Lansing and the State Capitol, that everything is about the big picture in Michigan or the US. But it seems to me, with how much some voters feel disenfranchised that “My vote doesn’t matter” in the sea of millions in the next presidential vote, that when it’s a vote of thousands your vote does matter. You can make a difference, you can help curb the direction of where your community is going. So for all of us interns here at HOMTV, we have loved this experience, we’ve learned a lot, and we’re probably going to sleep in tomorrow. But, we want to thank you for the experience, and thank you for watching.