Inside WCPO Channel 9

I was fortunate enough to tour the WCPO Channel 9 building, downtown, this morning. Through this experience I was able to see what a potential career in broadcast journalism may look like. Now, I won’t sit here and bore you about what I learned or what my aspirations for the future are. But instead, share my experience inside of the WCPO Channel 9 studio.

Decked out with TV monitors and city backdrops and stage lights and a green screen, the studio definitely had me and my tour group in awe. After taking numerous pictures and gasping and pointing, we decided to see first hand what it was like to put on a news broadcast.

We raced towards the anchor chairs and pretended to be the next Barbra Walters, or–in Channel 9’s case–Clyde Gray. We flashed our pearly whites, pointed at the cameras throwing out catch phrases such as: “Back to you Jim”. All this and more was able to be scene from the control room, where more than one person would be caught acting out their dreams.

Next we were off to the part of the studio housing the equipment used to broadcast the weather–unfortunately I didn’t see any signs of school closings. My attempt to give a weather broadcast, failed to say the least. While I knew the weatherman telling me it’s going to be thirty degrees and cloudy, was standing in front of a green screen, I didn’t know the monitors he was looking at were showing him a picture of himself… backwards. Anytime I moved to the left, the monitor showed me moving to the right. If I pointed to something with my right hand, from my view, it looked like I was using my left. It was quite challenging.

One part of the workshop involved a Q&A with a panel of professionals with a career in media. Mason High School Alum, Griffin Frank, was one of the professionals on that panel, and as a fellow comet, understood the position all of us are in. He shared his experiences of being apart of The Chronicle, and his trial and error process that got him where he currently is. Knowing that he graduated from high school only a few years ago–back in 2010–assured myself that my hope to pursue a career in this field isn’t–by any means–out of reach.

Getting up at 8:00 on a Saturday morning isn’t always the ideal situation, but my experience at WCPO Channel 9, proved to be well worth my time.

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#TheDress

#TheDress was trending on Twitter last night, sparking the question “White and Gold?” or “Blue and Black?”

At first glance, I found the poll to be absolutely ridiculous, seeing for myself that it was clearly blue and black, but when I went into school the next day, I realized many people were convinced otherwise.

The rave started after a dress was posted on the internet by a tumblr user going by the name “swiked”.

“Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f*** out”

the dress

The post sparked a heated debate on whether the dress was white and gold, or blue and black. Kids in the hallways shouted and pointed at screenshots of the viral photo; even teachers got in on the conversation.

Celebrities tweeted out to their millions of followers informing them of what they thought.

Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) said: “What color is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?”

Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) tweeted out: “I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel it’s a trick somehow. I’m confused and scared. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK”

What do you think? White and gold? Or Blue and Black? Take a poll at thecspn.com!