It’s the start of the Spring semester, and the Lyndon State College broadcast meteorologists are ready to go. For me the Spring semester is all about the transition to bigger and better things.
For the Juniors, who spent most of the Fall semester working in our classroom studio, the Spring brings opportunities for live shows in our campus studio. The safety of the classroom is ideal when a student is starting out. It prevents the fear that your first ever weathercast is going to end up on YouTube. It allows us to work out the nerves, and learn how to put together great weathercasts. You can mess up and not worry about it. Eventually, students get to the point where they are ready to get out there, and that is when we start to introduce them to live newscasts. There is a big difference between practicing in a classroom, and working with an entire team doing a live newscast.
In the Spring, we expose our Junior meteorologists more and more to the challenges of live television while still working in the classroom, smoothing out those rough spots. We also talk about live shots, getting being on location and doing live interviews. We cover all those situations a news director is likely to throw you into during your first local TV job.For our Seniors, the Spring is about transitioning from college to that first local TV job after college. Graduation is only a few short months away. It’s the time to put everything together, and do their best work. Most of the mets have been in front of a chroma key wall almost two years now, and this will be the last chance to do campus television before the big jump to their first local TV job. Now is the time for them to put together resume tapes; that vital piece of work that shows prospective employers what they can do on-air.
It is the time to combine all the meteorology, all the weather graphics, all personality and public speaking experience they’ve learned into about five minutes of their best stuff. No broadcast meteorologist leaves Lyndon State without a good resume tape that they can use to apply for jobs. We also spend time talking about the job search, the interviews and being successful in that first job.
We have a few other things to look forward to this semester, but I’ll wait until things are more official to announce them. The bottom line is that we’re excited to get started, and I think we have some great students that will do some excellent work in the coming months. I can’t thank enough the Electronic Journalism Department, the Atmospheric Sciences Department and the College administration for their support of this program. I know we are a small group, but I feel like we offer something unique that you won’t find in most meteorology programs. With the college’s continued support, this program will continue to grow.
If you are a college or high school student and a good broadcast meteorology program is something that interests you, feel free to shoot me an email. I’d be happy to tell you more about what we can offer at Lyndon State College.