ECP Allows for Time With WCIA and Aaron Bennett
The Educations to Career Program here at Centennial has allowed me to Intern with the head sports director of WCIA 3, Aaron Bennett. During My time with WCIA, I followed Bennett, and also had the opportunity to follow the other two sports anchors, Matt Wettersten and Brett Berhens.
Throughout the semester I learned about what Bennett, Wettersten and Beherns do on a day-to-day basis. I remember the first time I walked into WCIA for my first day. All Bennett did for the first 45 minutes I was there, was check his twitter and watch the MLB playoffs.
So it’s safe to say everything is pretty chill around WCIA. What I also came to learn, is that everybody who works there has a constant mindset that allows them to only think about making deadlines. They have to be ready for the 5 o’clock news, 6 o’clock news, and 10 o’clock news. Time goes by rather fast when you are there watching them prepare. Sometimes they wouldn’t get back from shooting a highlight until around 9:30, and they will still have to go through and edit there highlights and make a script. Everybody is responsible for making their own highlights and writing the script that Bennett says on-air (if it’s the highlight they edited).
Towards the end of the semester, I had the chance to make my own highlight and script. This was because I needed to perform my own version of WCIA’s “Friday Football Fever.” Which covers all the high school games in the area.
If you are really serious about what you want your career to be, then I suggest taking ECP. It allows you to intern/shadow with somebody in your dream profession. This class has helped me go to lengths I never thought I could. It really makes you work, and by the end of the semester, you’ll know whether or not the career you chose for the class will be the career you want to invest in.