The Working Woman
It's been a while since I've updated yinz! In the past month, I've packed up my entire life to move to a new state where I didn't know a soul and started a new job amidst a pandemic. It's been quite the challenge, but I can wholeheartedly say that it is one of the greatest decisions I've ever made.
For those of you who don't know (or you just need a refresher), I am now the digital producer at WHSV-TV channel 3 in Harrisonburg, VA. I'm putting my degree to use!
It's honestly been a dream come true. I loved reporting and anchoring during my time with WVU News, but during the spring semester of this school year, I went through a bit of a not-quite-yet quarter-life crisis. I began to feel like I had wasted the past four years. Did I even really want to report? What was I doing?
I got a few job offers to become a multimedia journalist with a few stations, but I was still so uncertain. My WVU News friends and I have a group chat that we talk in nearly every day, and one of my best friends posted a screenshot of a job opportunity that she found on Facebook. I felt defeated and worried, but I applied anyway. It was worth a shot, right?
That very day, the news director at WHSV returned my email, saying he wanted to give me a call that week. In the news world, that means, "Got time for an interview?"
He offered me the job to be the station's sole digital producer that week.
Three weeks later, I moved into an apartment in an extremely nice neighborhood, with a little patio that I've since decked out with string lights. As the weeks have turned into a month, I've decorated more and more, and although it's nowhere how I'd like it to be just yet, it finally feels like a home.
For four weeks, I walked into the newsroom just before the 9:30 a.m. meeting, where I would brief a little bit on the trending social posts and top stories of the day prior (all by myself!). Every day, I post nonstop to social media and to our website. The job completely solved my crisis, too — if for some reason I ever wanted to get out of news, it seemed like a better stepping stone than reporting did.
But deep down, I knew I still wanted to be on-air talent. So when my boss called me into his office just a week into my job to ask me if I wanted to host my own online-segment where I talked about the trending topics of the day, I was FLOORED.
A WEEK IN, GUYS.
That won't happen until late August once the studio's set up, and there are still some logistics to work out, but a low-key, podcast-like show where I talk about social media? That's fan-freaking-tastic.
I've even started making a few friends, despite the newsroom being mostly empty for social distancing reasons. Yesterday I went thrifting with some of the producers and it was so much fun!
Tomorrow, I start working from home, because, ya know, COVID-19 is still around. The station has a few reporters starting training right now, so it's my turn to leave the nest and work remotely. But this could be a good thing — I've been BEGGING Matt to let me get a dog for two years now, and this seems like the perfect opportunity.