Learning the Ropes
After a solid afternoon nap, I feel like I’m finally ready to write something comprehensive about my first day up here.
The flights in were uneventful, totaling at less than two hours. That’s always good news. Waking up at 4am on the other hand is not.
Due to exhaustion I was a little out of it when I first got to the Ryan’s house. I was beyond thrilled to see the family again, but sleep was on my mind. I struggled to stay awake eating Panera (lunch at noon seems super later when you’ve already been up for eight hours at that point) and eventually got to take an hour nap. It wasn’t much but it did the job.
I finally got time to sit down and plot out my work day. I will get up at 6am Monday through Wednesday and catch a 6:57 train. It’ll take me into Grand Central Station, where I will in turn take a shuttle to CNBC. My workday ends around 6pm and I will be catching a 6:10 shuttle back to Grand Central station where I will take a train back to Darien.
Now, many people have been asking me exactly what it is I will be doing with CNBC. I finally received my contract back today, outlining what my specific responsibilities and tasks will be.
My responsibilities are as follows:
1. Control Room functions and positions needed for both live and taped shows
2. Full understanding of all live, daily show elements
3. Difference between live shows and taped specials
4. Understanding of the news process and staying current with relevant news and events
1. Attend creative meetings
2. Work with editorial teams to gather tape
3. Research potential guests and topics
4. Assist our talent with pre-production needs
Tangible outcomes of internship
1. Research skills
2. True, in-studio Production Assistant Experience
3. Exposure to Producer work – everything that goes into both live, daily shows, and taped TV specials
4. Understanding of business news and markets
It all sounds pretty incredible to me. I can’t wait to start on Monday. Tomorrow, however, will be spent figuring out exactly how the hell I’m going to get to work everyday.