By: Alex Hill (CBS 62 / CW50 Intern)

My experience at CBS 62/CW50 has been undoubtedly unparalleled to any other. I initially thought that I would specifically learn about Community Affairs. Since being here, I have explored numerous capacities of this great company.

During my first week, I assisted with an off-site event the Michigan Chronicle’s “Pancakes and Politics” Breakfast Forum alongside my supervisor, Kris Kelly and Emmy Award Winning journalist, Carol Cain. It was amazing to see how many elite companies convened to raise questions to the “Big Four” (Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano) at the Townsend Hotel.

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Upon returning to the studio, I was trained by Web Producer George Fox how to use both WordPress and Eventful. These are two website applications that I did not have any knowledge of how to use. Tony Chiudioni, my other supervisor, has exposed me to creating video footage using Final Cut Pro. The staff here at CBS 62/CW50 are excellent at ensuring that I am well-balanced in this industry through hands-on activities.

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Later my first week, I assisted the brilliant Tim Lawlis in filming a commercial at the Flower Barn. Lawlis taught me how to use some of the camera equipment including how to get the right camera shots. I advanced to writing my first script ever for CW50 “Street Beat” show hosted by Jim Johnson, of 104.3 WOMC. This experience was incredible from watching the recording in the production room to viewing the airing on CW50.

In light of Father’s Day, I assisted with the commercial shoot for “Joe Porter’s Fashion For The Man.” I watched as John Lindsay, store manager, ensured that his models’ attire was perfect for the shoot. I recommend that fashion seekers go purchase a Father’s Day bundle from Joe Porter’s, you can’t beat it.

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My week concluded with the Chief Meteorologist of CBS 62 himself, Jim Madaus. Madaus spared a moment to educate me on his world of meteorology. As he spoke, I could not help but think about the World Geography course I took at Howard University. Madaus is such a welcoming and inspiring individual. He invited me to observe as he went live at 5 p.m. to give a weather update. What another undoubtedly unparalleled experience.