A DAY IN THE LIFE OF FLORIDA NEWS REPORTER, KARYS BELGER
By, Karys Belger (@karysbelger)
My name is Karys Belger and I’m a reporter in Cape Coral, Florida. A little about me: This is my first job out of school and my first time living in Florida. I’m an MMJ, a multimedia journalist. This means that on any given day, I’m shooting and editing video and then dashing off to the next story. For the most part, it’s pretty unpredictable. But it’s my dream and I’m lucky to be doing it. So here it is, a day in my life.
Normally, I don’t have to work until 2:30 pm, but today my schedule is a little different. Today, I’m up by 8:00 am because I have to be in the office by ten, and that means I’m fueling up with my favorite drink—coffee. This is one of my favorite mugs and I use it just about every day. The only exception is when I forget to run the dishwasher the night before.
10:05 or 10:10 am:
Around this time is our news meeting. Me, the news director, the assignment editor, the other reporters, and the digital editors all sit down and review which stories are doing well on the website and which ones we’re going to report on for the day. Today, I’m reporting on a series of robberies in a neighborhood in our viewing area.
I’m on the road and in the news truck. Today I’m lucky, I get a photographer to shoot for me so I can focus on getting the information we need for the story for our 6 pm newscast. But just like with all of our stories, it starts off with a little drive. Today I’m riding shotgun!
As the day wears on, I have to, I have to start planning for the story, and getting as much information as I possibly can. Thankfully, I have my photographer Kevin with me. He’s able to make sure we get the shots we need, while I do things like call the sheriff’s office and map out where the robberies [that we are reporting on] took place. We’re not really done until about 3:30 in the afternoon. By now, we know that we are going to go live in the neighborhood where the robberies happened.
Before editing, sometimes a girl has to eat! Nine times out of ten I’m doing both. Since the show is at 6 pm and my photos needs time to edit, I’m writing my script for my piece and eating at the same time. I like to think of it as creative calorie burning!
The show begins and I’m the lead. That means my story is the first one in the newscast. We’re live in the neighborhood where we shot earlier, and once I tell the viewers where I am, the studio shows the footage we shot and edited earlier. The magic of television.
We’re back at the studio! So now I can check in with my team, and write up my web story. Sometimes that means goofing off with my team, like when my anchor Patrick decides to try out a new haircut.
After I posted my story to the website, it is then time for my favorite part of the day. I take off my makeup and get into bed. I might journal if I have the energy.
And that’s it! A day in my #ReporterLife. This is just one day. No two days are the same and I like it that way. The best part about my job is that I get to meet new people and find out new things. It’s a challenge sometimes, but that’s also what makes it so fun! This job is not for the faint of heart but I think what really makes it satisfying is knowing that tomorrow could hold something different. I always finish off with my favorite quote from Gone with the Wind, “Tomorrow is another day.”