Job Shadow: WEAU journalist worked her way up the station ladder

by Matt Halverson

Amanda Tyler is a successful broadcast journalist at WEAU 13 News in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

She started her journalism career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where shecame declared as a journalism major. She then got hired at the campus television station, TV-10, where she was a news reporter for their news show Blugold News Now. Upon moving farther into her journalism career, she started an internship with WEAU 13 News her senior year of college where she mainly shadowed reporters and learned more about how professional newsrooms operate. Following graduation she applied and was given a position as overnight producer at WEAU. She is currently a weekend anchor and news reporter at WEAU.

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Amanda Tyler is getting ready for her newscast in the WEAU newsroom ©2015 Matt Halverson

While shadowing Amanda, she took me through several aspects of not only her job, but the role everyone at the news station played. As a reporter, she arrives at the TV station in the early afternoon where she starts with a news meeting to discuss the story ideas for the day. She is required to bring multiple news stories to these meetings each day, as well as be able to distinguish stories as being the most news-worthy. She will then arrange interviews and other aspects of her stories, which are hopefully finished by early evening each day. This is followed by editing and preparation of her story for that evenings broadcast, which typically airs at 10p.m.

While at the studio, she was able to give me a full tour of the studio and have different members from the news and production teams explain how each aspect of the broadcast functions. From the production room to the studio floor, there is constant communication and extensive preparation that goes into each broadcast, and is only accomplished with seamless teamwork and accountability. During my time at the station I was able to watch their FOX 25/48 broadcast, as well as their 10p.m. WEAU 13 News production.

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Sitting at the FOX news desk with Chance Dickman ©2015 Matt Halverson

I was also able to visit with the sports team, which is an area of particular interest to me. They operated out of a separate newsroom within the studio due to a need for constant editing and coverage that goes on within the sports world. The sports reporters Justus
Cleveland and Chance Dickman were editing footage up until minutes before they went on air, so as to provide their audience with the most updated, interactive sports segment possible. The sports segment consisted of live voiceovers with highlights, as well as recaps and updates from local sports teams in northwest Wisconsin.

All of the journalists and producers that I had the pleasure of meeting were able to give me insight on what it is really like to be a professional in broadcast journalism.

I also had a chance to talk sit down and ask her specific questions about her job:

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