Preceptorship: Project Check-In

Project check-in. Discuss your projects for the semester. What stage are you in for the in-progress projects? What projects have you finished? How do they compare?

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So far this semester, I’ve completed three complete radio packages and am currently working on another. Such will be the trend throughout the semester. I’ll be working on at least one or two projects each week.

First, I worked on a package concerning Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson and his battle with COVID-19. I went to a press conference and recorded audio, then wrote and recorded a full three-minute package to put on the air for KASU. The written version went on the website with the audio attached, and the audio aired the next day.

Then, after the first presidential “debate”, I interviewed a professor in the political science department about his thoughts. My latest project was covering a City of Jonesboro announcement of a grant to expand railroad capacities within the city.

I’ve noticed that each package is better than the one that came before. I think that’s a good sign I’m starting to get the hang of things.

Though I am more of a writer than a speaker, putting together audio packages is something that comes easily. I’ve found it’s easiest to write the copy story first and create an audio package from that. In the end, you’re basically writing a script for yourself. That ties in with both my MMJ major and Writing Studies minor.

Though the internship keeps me plenty busy, I greatly enjoy it so far. It’s hard work. It’s professional work. It’s great experience. And it’s something I think will greatly benefit my future in this field.

I look forward to the rest of the semester.

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  1. Chase,

    Talk radio and other audio-based media is something that I’ve gotten more into with my frequent trips between Batesville (where I will move to next week) and Jonesboro. Reading about how you have to carefully write a “script” of what you say gives me some insight into how that type of communication works.

    I know most podcasts are more conversational than these audio clips that you are doing, but people have to organize their ideas and figure out what they want to say, right? There is so much behind-the-scenes work it seems that goes unnoticed in fields that take writing and use it in a more creative/non-traditional way. You sound like you really have a grasp with this mode of writing and I’m glad that you’re enjoying one of the many ways that we can use our skills as writers!


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