Recently I had the privilege of working on a big story in St. Louis, Cardinals Opening Day. Being a sports enthusiast and pursuing a sports reporter position, this seemed like the ultimate opportunity to prove what I am worth and what a strong sports reporter I can be in a big market. Brett and I went down to Kiener Plaza to begin shooting B-roll. We both thought it would be a good idea to park on a roof across the street from the pre-game activities so we could begin to get great shots.
The first thing that worked out real well for us were the group of people tailgating on top of the roof. I went over to introduce myself and ask for an interview. They quickly declined but in return they offered their uncle who has been coming to Opening Day for over 50 years. So we set-up that interview and after we entered Kiener Plaza for more shots and interviews.
When we were in Kiener there were plenty of people and great shot opportunities. We walked all around and got shots in the entire plaza along with one interview. I also did my stand-up with the party behind me because I thought it would be a great shot idea.
We then decided to venture over to Busch Stadium for one more interview and a couple extra shots. This was a great idea because we interviewed a lady who had been coming to the games for over 65 years. She was decked out in Cardinals gear and was the perfect interview. With a couple more shots we were pretty satisfied with what we did and how we thought it would turn out. We returned to our car on top of the parking garage when I remembered to do a look-live tease. We stood on the garage with Busch stadium behind me which was another great shot.
I returned to the studio when I began editing. The editing process only took me about an hour which was really well for me. Writing the story, recording my voice, and editing the audio with time to spare before the news started.
The story turned out great, one of my best packages that I have done. Afterwards, it proved to me that sports reporting is the avenue I want to take. I love big stories like this and look forward to more opportunities in the future.