French in the News

It’s always fun to be able to cross over between different skill sets. Since the topic of the promo was language immersion after all, we thought… why not!



Radio Promo

Part of my job as a producer is to prepare teases and promos. This is a 30-second clip we send to our local news radio station to give people a look at what’s coming up on our 6 pm broadcast while they’re driving home from work.

Ranching for Rehab

My final piece as a BYU student: next week, I graduate! For this story, I met with a former chaplain who directs Utah County’s Re-Entry Assistance Program. They help rehabilitate former inmates and provide housing, counseling, aid for getting a job and paperwork, etc. But this new project could fund the entire program, rendering it completely independent. The challenge: getting it off the ground.

Video was a bit of a challenge for this one, because it’s so data-based and the ranch doesn’t really exist yet (well, there’s a big plot of land out in the middle of nowhere, but that’s about it). We had to think outside the box and Mr Green was kind enough to meet me at a local ranch to discuss his project. I was also amazed at how many former inmates were so willing to talk to me – once again, I wish I had more time to tell all of their stories.

Some recent work

I’ve had the chance to shadow reporters at the station lately, which has given me a clearer picture of what the job involves. I also helped out one reporter with some investigative work that involved sifting through non-profit tax statements. I actually quite enjoy document-based research, because some ways that’s one of the most important duties a reporter can have — wading through obscure facts to get the story out to the public in a clear and straightforward way.

In the meantime, here are a few more stories I’ve reported and written for KSL as an intern. Governor Herbert signed a bill that gives Utah the nation’s longest waiting period for abortions:

And here’s a little piece about Salt Lake City’s newest mall — one of only two in the world with retractable roofs:

I also contributed the “Leap Babies” part of this series on leap day: a Utah woman gave birth to three children on consecutive leap days — the only other woman known to have accomplished this gave birth to her last child in Sweden, in the 70s.