Getting a Grip with Jami Lanz

Aug. 5, 2009

Life as an Intern According to Jami Lanz

This summer has brought a change to my normal summer regimen. My summers as an OSU gymnast have been something I thought I would never get used to. I have always had to deal with training throughout the summer, and the horrors of taking summer classes, I thought I would hate. Now that this summer is about half over, I have found that I really miss those tough voluntary workouts in a hot and sweaty gym, and believe it or not, I also miss sitting in a classroom with all my friends.

The past couple months I have taken a new challenge as I move past my gymnastics career, I may not be working my booty off, literally, but I'm working hard at something I may want to pursue after I graduate in the spring of 2010. Having completed the work in my major, Speech Communications, I am returning to school in the fall to finish two minors, New Media Communications, as well as, Women's Studies. With a few of these classes already under my belt and having some experience in public speaking and as a representative for my team, I was invited to do an internship at in the sports department at KMTR-TV in Eugene with Scott Fleishman and Darren Fabre. I intend to pursue a career as a sportscaster and commentator for the Pac-10. I am currently thinking that I want to specialize in commentating Pac-10 gymnastics.

In just a short time I have learned so many useful skills that I will be able to take with me on the next steps to reaching my goal. Despite there not being a lot of sports in season during the summer, I have been able to cover a lot of local baseball. Eugene and Springfield have a great following of little league baseball teams in addition to the Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball team. The first few weeks were a little intimidating and nerve racking as I stepped out of my comfort zone of being on the other side of the camera. Instead of being the interviewee I have become the assistant interviewer, which entails things like holding microphones, camera cords, and setting up the camera and tri-pod, logging interviews, and time coding plays, also rewriting scripts of the sports anchors. I have also gotten to create my own packages by voicing the story and editing the film. My first few attempts of writing and voicing my own story was interesting, my voice was too soft, too slow, and not exciting sounding, so after re-recording I finally found the right sound. The sound of over-dramatizing my story still feels a little awkward but it gets the job done.

Then comes the critiquing aspect of all this, it's always hard to get critiqued but you would think I'd be used to it after all these years of being coached, but this feels different and is something I look forward to. Believe it or not I like being critiqued in this internship, it helps me learn and get better everyday.

In spending my 180 hours as an intern I have seen many different aspects of how a TV station functions, and I now know what I like and don't like about being a local anchor, it makes me look forward to what more I can get involved in with the OSU athletic department. These skills will certainly help me as I explore the possibility of commentating the web feed for gymnastics meets next season.

While my time here has been new and interesting, I often times miss those days of agony, sweaty workouts, and sitting through summer school in a hot classroom, it all makes me realize the real world is approaching faster than I might want it.

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