Through my five years of studying creative writing and journalism at the University of Wollongong, (and to be honest even before then), my dream was to have a career that involved writing and music.
When I was little I pretended to be a journalist for radio, interviewing a fictional pop-star who of course was played by my sister. We would giggle through the interview, being kids and all, after which we announced the next song we were going to play on our Cd player.
To think, about fifteen years later, here I am blogging about the first day of my internship with Wave Fm.
My first week at Wave FM was memorable and a lot of fun. I work four hours (10am-2pm), every Wednesday in the newsroom with news bulletin presenters Rob Gooda, and Dave Clark.
The Radio station’s work atmosphere is conservative and yet very relaxed too. Everyone in the main office quietly talks to each other as they work, with the radio playing softly in the background. The receptionist was the first person to greet me, before ringing Rob to let him know that I had arrived to start the first day of my internship. I had left home early to make sure I got to Wave FM by 10am, but instead I managed to get there by 9:45; I guess I was really excited to start.
Today Rob showed me around the radio station, and I observed how the newsroom is run. I was shown how a computer software program called NewsBoss works. Rob explained that radio stations use NewsBoss to find and share news that is breaking throughout the day. This is also where you write radio articles and create the hourly news bulletin.
For the first two hours Rob showed me how he puts the hourly news bulletin together. He explained that we need to think of who our demographic is when choosing the news that we plan to read on air. Sports is a very important part of the bulletin too; especially the NRL and the cricket, so Rob suggested that reading sports news would be very beneficial.
What was also quite interesting to observe today was how Rob created an article after we heard a siren sound off outside. Rob firstly logged into the police records that the media is allowed access to. Discovering that there was a fire incident in Shellharbour, he rang up the police to get a direct quote.
Rob also explained that in the early hours of the morning, when he starts at four, he finds most the breaking news from local and Sydney newspapers. Rob suggested that once I become comfortable with how to work in the newsroom, he would possibly get me to work one Wednesday from 4-9 am, experience how quick-paced finding and writing news is of the morning for radio.
Once Rob finished for the day I worked with Dave, who presents the news from midday onwards. I continued to observe how the newsroom is run, and Dave showed me how he finds his news from NewsBoss, Newsmaker and Twitter.
In news bulletins audio is also used, so I was able to observe how to edit and normalise recorded quotes on NewsBoss Audio too.
Dave wrote an article for Wave’s online newsroom page, and showed me how those stories are put together and published. It was very similar to how a Wikinews article is created – except it is a much smaller word count. The article was about sharks, so Dave found a photo from commons to compliment the story.
Lastly, I finished the four hours by looking the the articles on NewsBoss, to get a feel for the hard-hitting stories that are read on news bulletins, which I discussed with Dave.
Overall, I loved every minute of my first week interning at Wave Fm. Rob and Dave are great teachers and are awesome to work with. From learning how a newsroom runs, to talking about Pokémon Go, Iron maiden and The Hollywood Vampires with Rob and Dave, it was amazing to finally be a part of the radio journalism sphere.