Well. here I am again, updating my blog after a number of months of nothing. I really do want to update more often. If you look back in my history, I think that almost every post that I make after not blogging for a while commits to blogging again more regularly. Anyway…

I haven’t really talked about what it has been like at the new house. We have lived here for a little over a year now and I quite like it. It is conveniently located on the bus route for me to get to work if I need it and the same route goes up to Onalaska and the mall. It has come in handy a number of times since moving in.

Kevin, Jimmy and Kyle live with us since mid-June when they were unable to continue to pay rent in California and would have ended up homeless. I suggested that they come out here to Wisconsin because it has a lower cost of living and it is easier to find a job out here. Jimmy started going to this labor place around the corner called LaborReady and was working in the UW-L kitchen as a dishwasher for a while and he finally interviewed and got a job at APAC. APAC is a call center where they handle customer service calls for Verizon.

So far he seems to like it and he just finished the training program.

In regards to what I have been up to, I am still working part time at WKBT News 8. Currently, I have 2 jobs with them. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I am on floor crew which operates cameras in the studio, runs teleprompter and on screen graphics like lower thirds. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays I am a photojournalist. A photojournalist is the camera guy who goes out into the community and interviews people for small bits on the news or for part of a larger story, known as a PAC. A PAC is usually done by a reporter and is a minute and a half or longer and tells an in-depth story. The smaller stories that I do alone are called VOs or Voice Overs and VO-SOTs which is footage that is spoken over by the anchors for a story in the case of a VO and where part of the story is spoken over and a sound bite from an interview makes up part of the story and usually runs under a minute.

It is really cool to get out and into the community and get paid for it at the same time. So far, one of my favorite stories that I covered was the Skyrockers who setup and run the fireworks displays for New Years and the Fourth of July in the area. I got the chance to go up on the bluff and actually fire off two shells. That was pretty cool.

Also, it is cool to be able to have footage that I shoot go national. So far, one of the stories that I shot had this happen and I have only been doing this for a short time. You can see some of the stories and video that I have worked on by clicking on the News 8 Video tab at the top of the screen.

Well, that is all I am going to update for now. I want to do a recap of the year since it was such a cool year for me, so I think I will try and do that in the next week or so.