February 6, 2008

Covering Hillary

Tonight I attended Hillary Clinton's party at Manhattan Center. Yes, and she was there. And so was Bill and Chelsea.

And about everyone else--including me.

I was nominated to cover the story yesterday by one of my professors, and just on a whim, I said yes because the press credential online option was closing down and I was one of the only people in my class available to sign up.

So I did.

My job was to attend the event and do a phone interview LIVE on the NYU Tonight broadcast.

Okay, so I have had a little experience with presidential candidates, and I can write under pressure, but really? Talk under pressure? Whoa--I've only been at this broadcasting bit for a few months now...

But it was great. It was one of the best things I've done, I think. Or maybe that's just my lack of sleep talking.

My job was pretty basic, but pretty difficult with just an hour and a half to interview, grab interesting details about the place and put it into some kind of cohesive conversational form that painted pictures for my listeners.

It was a good time, though. And I did get to network again. I also realized how massive the press pool really is. Unlike my last presidential experience, I felt the rush of the foreign media broadcasting right beside me. French. Australian accents. Arabic written on mikes. I loved every minute of it. Cameras stacked almost on top of other cameras. Local media propped right up against networks. It's amazing how evenly everyone is fighting for a place and a story in such a short time period.

God, I love journalism.

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Posted by Amanda Cochran at February 6, 2008 1:07 AM | TrackBack

Good stuff, Amanda! I'm glad to know your accomplishments are being recognized and that you're still being challenged in your new academic home.

As I recall, my first time live on the air was during a conference for state governors, where President Reagan was the keynote speaker.

The event took place at U.Va., on the Lawn (that is, the main quad). Students who live on the lawn have no internal access to bathrooms; they have to walk outside in order to get to the bathrooms. Apparently the Secret Service agents were freaked out by the sight of people wearing bathrobes and carrying shower caddies full of shampoo and shaving materials, and they shoved some students back into their rooms and ordered them not to come out until the president had left.

I think that was the detail that got me on the air live for the first time. But I was introduced by a skilled colleague, who could tell when I was running out of steam and fed me good questions to keep me going.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 6, 2008 2:28 PM

Way to go Amanda I am so proud of you

Posted by: grammy at February 6, 2008 6:42 PM
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