Q: What do you do at your job?
A: I go to newsworthy events, film background video (known as b-roll), get interviews, then go back to my office and write and edit the stories.
Q: Are you on tv?
A: No, just my hand holding the microphone, and occasionally my arm.
Q: Do you want to be on tv?
A: This is the question I’ve been asked most recently. No, I don’t want to be a reporter or anchor. I’m perfectly happy being a behind the scenes girl.
Q: Did you study journalism in college?
A: No. Vassar doesn’t even have journalism classes. I majored in English and sort-of-not-really minored in Poli Sci. But I learned everything on the job.
Q: Did you always want to be a journalist?
A: I think some part of me always did. I was the editor of my middle school and high school newspapers, and then I interned at the SI Advance in 2007. But I ended up not wanting to go into print journalism for some unknown reason. Then in 2010 I accidentally ended up interning at Dateline, which got me into tv. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to work in tv, and my past background in newspapers led me to broadcast news.
Q: Do you like what you do?
A: Yes. But sometimes no. Depends on the story. I love doing things that help people or are community based. I actually love working in Staten Island because I’m from here so I care a lot about what goes on.
Q: How long are your stories? How long does it take you to do them?
A: My stories are 45 seconds long. Sometimes I do longer stories that are a little less than 2 minutes long. Depending on the event, it takes 10-20 minutes to shoot a short piece, and about 20 minutes for me to write and edit it (on a good day). I usually end up taking longer depending on what the story is. The two minute pieces take between half and hour and an hour to film and a lot longer to edit because I have to have someone record the voice-over for me before I can do anything.
Q: What are your hours?
A: I don’t have set hours (I used to not even have set days). I wake up every morning around 8 (sometimes earlier) and check in with the anchor. Sometimes I get sent out right away, sometimes I end up working late. I work at least 8 hours a day, but I usually end up working a little extra. I also work Tuesdays through Saturdays (which is kind of a luxury at this channel), so I don’t have a normal weekend.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Hopefully producing some sort of segment. I recently filled in as an associate producer on our call in show and it was such a great experience. I even loved dealing with the crazies! I’ve also produced some in-studio stuff and I loved every minute of it. Eventually I’d like to be in a managerial position.
Q: But seriously, you don’t want to be in front of the camera?