Orlando Area Chapter’s Backstage Pass at WKMG-TV

By: Amanda Forbes & Nancy DeVault

FPRA – Orlando Area Chapter members enjoyed access behind-the-scenes at one of Orlando’s top news stations, WKMG Local 6 (CBS).  This member’s only event (capped at 40 attendees due to stationrestrictions) offered participants a tour of the facilities, admittance to the studios, newsroom and a glimpse at the TV action in the making. Members gained an understanding of the evolving production aspects of television news including robotic cameras, computer generated technical directors, and self-controlled teleprompters run by anchors. This professional development event also included a luncheon Q&A session with news director, Steve Hyvonen, and managing editor, Raquel Giorgio, who offered tips of the trade, insights on how to get your story heard and described memorable news stories that impacted their media careers. Roughly 10 students were in attendance for this exclusive opportunity.

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