Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fun In The News Studio

Nothing terribly new in my life lately...Thankfully, I have a short week this week after working two incredibly long ones (10 days and 8 days in a row!!!) It's funny...I feel like I am CONSUMED by baseball at work...and what do I do on my days off? Go to baseball games. I went with a group of friends to Citi Field yesterday to see Mets vs. Phillies...and will be going to Yankee stadium on Monday for their game vs. the Indians! I love visiting ballparks. :)

It was a gorgeous sunny day even got up to 100 degrees!!!! Not that the temp was gorgeous or anything...just felt a lot more like summer (and home). I need a date with a swimming pool asap.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Since I've been prompting in News a lot (my old stompin' grounds)...I thought I'd share a few randomly fun pictures from around campus and of me and the guys in the Studio... I'm so glad to be back with them for the time being! :)

Mike Hill and Max Bretos...should seriously have a "SportsNation"-esque show together. They are NUTS! I love them! :) I'm pretty sure I'm going to propose a "This is SportsCenter" commercial featuring these two...

So glad to be back with my girl Jacki! :)

Ducis with Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe...

PELE!!! I told him I've been a fan since I was 5... true story!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

One Month Anniversary

Yep, that's right. TODAY marks my first month of employment at the World Wide Leader.
How do I spend it? More prompting. haha!

Tomorrow is actually my first day prompting something other than ESPNews. I'll be in for the 4p NFL Live and the 11p SportsCenter. Hope it's the same routine and set-up...otherwise I'm gonna look like an idiot! :-/ See what I mean about being thrown in the fire??

But enough about prompting...

I flew home to G-Vegas on Friday morning for Kelly and Park's wedding!! It was super fun...and wonderful to spend the weekend with my family and best friends. I miss everyone so much up here!
...As a result of that...I mentioned in my previous post that I worked a 10 day stretch leading up to my 4 day weekend. Lots of prompting with a few highlight shifts thrown in.

OK. So random rant of the day..
Now, I am all for this "Going Green" and being "Eco Friendly" business. I think it's fantastic! Seriously. If your place of work lays out separate waste bins labeled: Compost...Bottles and Cans...Paper...Trash (Yes, ESPN has them in EVERY cafeteria, break room, hallway, newsroom, studio, etc...) I'm pretty sure I can take the extra second to sort my garbage into the right place. 

However, one thing is am NOT all for: Paper Straws.
Yes. It's like drinking out of a mini paper towel tube.
I am aware that I am drinking chocolate milk--Its FREE, ok?? But what I don't like is my PAPER STRAW melting into my mouth as I enjoy my wonderfully free chocolate milk.

Aren't regular straws plastic? Isn't plastic recyclable?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pink vs. Yellow

I'm on a 10 day work stretch (because I have a 4 day weekend coming up for Kel and Parker's wedding!!!)--So I haven't had much time to blog lately. I'll update with a more extensive post soon! Lots of stuff has been going on!

I started prompting yesterday--which is considered the "boring" shift. You sit in the studio and scroll through the script for all of the anchors' on camera segments. I'm LOVING it right now because I'm prompting News...and that means I get to be in the studio with my friends!!--not to mention one of the only places on campus I actually feel comfortable and confident right now. I miss my news guys...

But of the main things you have to do before you actually prompt is print and sort scripts. 2 copies are printed--one on yellow and one on pink. Yellow goes to the anchor reading, pink goes to the anchor who's not. So basically I have to go through the whole run down and mix and match the corresponding color to the right anchor's pile. There are also sheets without script between each segment I pretty much just have to pull out and throw away. Tedious.

Note to self:
Keep the recycling bin under my seat when pulling out the blank sheets...

Definitely crawled under the desk to collect all of these once I was done.
Oh and learn. HAHA!! :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wookie rhymes with Rookie

Friday night I was assigned my first highlight!  Nationals vs. Marlins
Luckily, on Friday there's no 10p BBTN... and the Lakers game was on, so the 11p SportsCenter went on WAY late. Meaning, I had a good hour and a half buffer to take my time--and not make mistakes. Doing a highlight is not so's just a million little things you have to make sure you do or its a BIG problem. And when your 7pm baseball game ends at 10, and your highlight hits air at 10:10...OR it goes into extra innings...I'd like to prolong NOT finding out how that goes...

So, Nats/Marlins... my storyline: Nats (13-10) ending April with their FIRST winning month since 2005. It ended up playing out well, because Ryan Zimmerman (back from the DL) hit 2 homeruns and Washington won big.
Here's a modified version of my highlight... 

The one they played on BBTN was 1:15...I swear it was less boring. :)
It included the #5 Top Play! yayyy!!! Thanks Nyger Morgan!

Last night, I was given the Twins/Indians game. My hi-supe (highlight supervisor) is a huge Indians fan, so I had to do it justice. :) He ended up helping me out a lot--finding cool things to put in it--but I ended up making the final editorial decisions on what needed to stay in and what needed to be cut. I really liked how it turned out...I wish they put the full highlights online...

The game was pretty boring until the 8th inning... Twins were pretty much dominating the Indians, so I was prepared to have a pretty boring highlight to try to make interesting. But no. The Tribe decides to tie it up 4-4 in the 8th...then absolutely nothing happened in the 9th...SO into extra innings we go.
THANKFULLY weekends are filled with primetime games...and college softball was on (yes softball, haha)...pushing the 9:30 BBTN later.
Since a game like Twins/Indians isn't so high priority, it hit near the end of every again...I had a time buffer.  We did some pretty cool things with my not so eventful game--because it turned out to be pretty exciting!! I put a telestration in highlighting Lou Marson running from 2nd to 3rd...pausing to look backwards...then continuing to head home. He was then thrown out at home. Awesome play by the Twins... but the point of my telestration was to show that had Marson not looked back, he'd probably have made it safely home...and they could have won right then!
We also included and earlier iso of rookie pitcher Alex Burnett walking out to the bullpen wearing a Chewbacca transition into him pitching for the Twins. Pretty funny stuff!
Wookie rhymes with Rookie! :)

Again I wish they put full highlights online...but they don't.
I guess that just gives you incentive to watch Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter even more closely!!! :)

I also wanted to share some pictures from around campus I snapped...

Priority #1 for ESPN right now is the World Cup.  Yes, there is a story high electronic countdown on the side of that building...and yes there is a soccer field in the middle of campus. Football season=football field, too. :)

This is the "Satellite Farm". That huge one right in the front (it looks like a half-pipe) one of only 3 in the world. NASA has one...and I'm pretty sure the other is in Russia or something...

And this one, I took for Hobie.  All this year's sports champions have recliners sitting outside the cafeteria for people to sit down, throw on some glasses, and watch some games on the 3D TV. Yes, we have a couple of 3D TV just chilling on campus.

I'm still loving being back here...but it's hard to have fun working when you know you're under a microscope.--But I am starting to enjoy myself more and more everyday! For now I'm just hoping things start clicking and becoming second nature so that I can get faster...and not have to be thankful for having extra time. My supervisors say it will come with repetition. I know's just hard. We shall see...