LIVE

Since the beginning of my junior year, I have served as Technical Director of my school's daily live broadcast publication, Manual AM. For this role I come to the studio before my first block class every day, configure the settings for the online livestreaming service and for the news anchors' green screen, and during the show I am responsible for transitioning smoothly between the live feed of the anchors, pre-recorded video and the different virtual sets. In addition to running the show every morning, I am responsible for creating broadcast news stories on a biweekly basis. Watch one of my most recent stories which discussed student protests at a Donald Trump rally, and to see what else the Technical Director job entails, please read over this guide I developed last year.

Additionally, I have used these basic technical skills in live broadcasting to launch unique multimedia projects within the online publication. In the first semester of my senior year, I spearheaded Manual RedEye's first ever live broadcast, for which I worked with the website's sports staff to develop an hour-long talk show in the style of ESPN GameDay. The Sports Editor and I worked for months to turn this seemingly impossible idea into a reality, and eventually I single-handedly carted all of Manual AM's Tricaster equipment, cameras, lights and cords to the gym to conduct the show during my school's spirit week pep rally. Earlier in the week I had spent an afternoon taking apart and reassembling the Tricaster in order to understand the function of each component, and on the day of the broadcast I was able to reassemble all of the equipment on the gym floor while the anchors read over their script. This first broadcast was unquestionably a success, but since we were unsure that it would work, we prepared very little pre-recorded footage and we experienced issues with the audio during the broadcast. Those exact issues are what we focused on for the next livestream, which took place this past February. I spent the preceding weeks working on supplementary videos, animated graphics, and feature video profiles on the girls' and boys' team's top players, and the final show resembled a much more professional, substantial broadcast.