It's always funny to get a text message from my mom saying, "Are you okay? You're not on the air tonight?". Let me explain... So last night, I was not on the air! I was out at an event as a representative of Fox44. So naturally, I couldn't be on the air, you probably say meteorologist Chelsea Ingram taking over the duties on air.
To get to the point, I was at the University Mall in South Burlington at an event called the Mall Crawl. It was a first time fun event for 12 2-person teams of middle school aged kids. The teams for given 20 challenges...challenges that would test their creativity, spontaneity, and video skills! Video skills? Yes! Video skills. The teams were given 20 "tasks" to complete somewhere within the mall, and given a video camera to prove that they did the task. Then, here's where I come in. I got to JUDGE those videos, along with local host/emcee Tim Kavanagh and Dr. Lewis First. We had a great time watching all the creative and comedic ways these students found to do things like "gather an audience in the mall while playing air guitar" or "act like a Fox 44 meteorologist and give a weather report" or even "hunt wild animals on an African safari". hilarious stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the videos. The top finishers each got a $250 gift certificate to the store of their choice at the mall! Not bad for having fun, right?!
I wanted to thank Jamie Polli, the emcee and organizer of the event at the University Mall for having me!
Now, next week, I will go to a different kind of public appearance. I will be going to Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, VT to teach a short course on performance and television news. I will teach a group of 4-7 high school students, interested in video production, how to shoot, write, and edit for news. This will actually be a 3 day course. One day, I will give a talk at Stafford Tech explaining how to create a news piece and all the elements involved from finding your topics, to shooting an interview, to editing, and voicing a story. The second day, the students will visit the Fox 44/ ABC 22 studio to see how it all works in person. And the final day, I will be critiquing their work as they try their hand at finding and editing their own news stories!
This will be my second year teaching this short course, and I am really looking forward to it. Whenever I can get in the schools and out in the community, I have a great time and it feels worthwhile. I feel like I can make a lasting impression on young minds to help them grow into successful individuals. So, be sure to check back in for a blog on that in the coming weeks!
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