Adventures at KRON: Powerball, Baby!

powerballIn April of this year Powerball took over California. The lottery game is currently open to 45 of the 50 US states. In August the jackpot had swelled to over $400 million dollars and people lined up for the chance to change their lives with the $2 investment.

The 7-Eleven on Almaden Expressway in San Jose was not new to lottery winnings. Many have deemed this location a “lucky store” thanks to two giant wins just in the month of May. The first California Powerball winner came from this store when a San Jose City College student bought a ticket that matched five of the Powerball numbers. Even though he didn’t win the record-breaking $600 million jackpot he still came away with a nice chunk of change at upwards of two million dollars. After taxes have their way it should be roughly 1.5 million.

Marina Olague and her family after winning the Super Lotto

Marina Olague and her family after winning the Super Lotto

Also at this location in May a Sacramento woman won over $200,000 dollars on a super lotto ticket purchase. When her husband checked online and told her they’d won she thought he must be joking! Soon she found out that was anything but the case.

Since I have been so busy with school, work, and work (ha) it’s been very difficult for me to find time to edit my own work. I decided to stay up late and work on this package because I had such a fun time working on it. Many thanks to Scott Rates who let me tag along on his story, shot great footage, and got the crowd pumped. I was definitely taking notes! In the end no one from the store won the Powerball, but who knows what the future holds for this 7-Eleven who proudly hangs their banner that reads “Millionaire Made Here.”

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From Intern to Employee

School has been so busy! I’m in my fourth week of classes and I can hardly believe this month has gone buy so quickly. It makes me think that the next two years are going to be much faster than I imagine them to be.

There have been a lot of changes going on for me professionally. I finished my internship with KRON in August and am pleased to say that I was offered  a part time position with the station. I’m working as a Production assistant for the 8 and 11pm newscasts on Saturday and Sunday nights. I’m two weeks into my new job and I’m really loving it. I am learning so much about my industry that is going to help me professionally when I get out of school.

For my job I assist the Producer and Writer for the weekend newscasts. This means a variety of things. For the most part I am organizing and preparing lower level parts of the newscast, but also doing some important things. I’m ensuring that all of our content gets in on time and is ready for the director to air. I’m also writing smaller stories and editing videos for VO, SOT, and teases.

For those of you you haven’t heard of VO or SOT they mean:

VO (Voice Over): Video that is used when the newscaster is talking over it or any video where no sound is used and there is live audio over it.

SOT (Sound on Tape): This is quotes from people. Sound clips that usually express an opinion or explain something that was experienced.

Tease: Video to show what is coming up in the newscast. A short video that is usually VO that reminds the viewer to stay tuned to see upcoming stories.

So next time you watch the 8 or 11pm news Saturday or Sunday night on KRON just know that I’m there, behind the scenes, making sure everything goes right.

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