Behind the scenes at ABC Fox Montana

By CHEN XIAOYING

I spent two days job shadowing at ABC FOX Montana, a Missoula TV station owned together by ABC and Fox. Reporter Ashley Sanchez took me along with her as we shot video and did some reporting on a new five-star hotel, The Ranch at Rock Creek, which is the mountains near Philpsburg, Montana. I was able to help Ashley shoot video, and she taught me how to conduct interviews.

Being a reporter at a small Montana TV station like ABC FOX Montana is not easy because you have to do everything in the process by yourself. That includes shooting, writing, editing video and driving cars to the interviewing places. Balancing those jobs under time pressure is very difficult. Ashley taught me that we’d better have an plan from the beginning. That helps reporters know what should be shot and how to organize every piece of video.

Ashley also taught me how to deal with public relations people, who sometimes want to control the story so it tells the only the message they want the public to know. Ashley said you have to keep a good relationship with PR people, but you have to pick the useful information you want.

During my time at the station, I was able to see the whole process of a news broadcast, including cutting news video, writing scripts, editing timelines and broadcasting the news. I really appreciate the opportunity of being involved in the station’s work.

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