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Handicap Stickers PKG – EIV News, Spring 2011

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By Cat Viglienzoni – June 13, 2011

This piece I did on a local artist in Cambridge who created a sticker that could be placed on a handicap sign to juxtapose two different views of what “disability” is.

I did this piece for EIV News, but I had to reshoot the standup, so this piece doesn’t have the lower-thirds and EIV logo that the original did.

Aside from the standup, everything was shot and edited by me.

Things I’d do differently next time include mainly using a tripod when shooting the b-roll. Biggest mistake ever. Those cameras are too small to get good still shots without a tripod (the general rule seems to be the smaller the camera the harder it is to hold it steady), and I don’t have steady hands to begin with.

They’re pretty much the same, but here is the original. It aired on EIV News at 9 on March 16, 2011.

Handicap Stickers from EIVTV on Vimeo.

Also, on the first standup, I had a friend helping me shoot. Unfortunately, he is not a journalism major and didn’t know how to focus the camera correctly, so the standup was blurry. So I had to reshoot that later on when I re-edited the piece for class, but I didn’t have time to get that done before EIV ran the first version. That was a bummer.

So again, another piece with some great aspects, but it’s not my best.

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June 13, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Election 2010: Voter Turnout – EIV News, Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 29, 2011

Election day never coincides with a convenient time in one’s schedule to go out and cover things. If I recall, I’d been pulling virtually no sleep for a few days because of schoolwork and cross-country, and then wham! election coverage was upon us. But it’s an opportunity you can’t pass up, even when you’re exhausted.

My assignment, because of my schedule, was to go to the polls and talk to voters as they came out. This is not an easy task, as there are strict rules about cameras in the polls (obviously). Most are common sense for a courteous person, but I made sure I had them memorized before I went over there anyway.

Here is the original version for EIV. It aired the next day (November 3) on our election show, but I had it completed on Tuesday because of a busy class schedule on Wednesday. Then I came into the studio on Wednesday to do a live, in-studio tag to my piece during the show.

Voter Turnout from EIVTV on Vimeo.

Clearly, there are things that could have been done better. It was pretty tough to get people to talk, since we couldn’t go outside (not enough light) and we also couldn’t get near the polls (because of the rules). So I had to work with the few interviews I got.

I had a photographer with me, so some of the shooting I did, some I didn’t.

I did get the chance to re-work the piece the next week for class, and this is that version:

Again, there are things that could have been changed, but I worked with what I had. It was definitely a good experience diving into a political story and turning it around within hours.

One thing I do remember about that was walking out of the BPL from the first shooting set, only to see Governor Deval Patrick leaving, surrounded by the press. I think I remember going into haywire mode trying to pull the camera out and get the mic on (my photog had NO idea why I suddenly went into speed-setup mode), but alas, too late. Oh well. Would have been nice to get a quote.

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May 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM

SEIU Jobs Rally at Copley Square: EIV News, Spring 2011

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By Cat Viglienzoni – May 18, 2011

For this piece, I went out and covered a rally hosted by the local SEIU branch that called for more full-time jobs and better pay.  The rally was on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

This piece aired on EIV News at 9 on February 16, 2011.

SEIU Jobs Rally from EIVTV on Vimeo.

This piece I did as a one-man-band journalist, so I was running all over the place.

Things I’d have done differently: I would have had someone else voice the translation of her quote. However, since I was producing this on my own, we had to make do with me.  I also should have gotten to the natural sound (like the crowd) sooner.

I also would have liked to get the employer’s side of the story – I think this piece could have benefited from that.

On a more personal critique level, I also should have worn a jacket in my standup, since it was absolutely FREEZING out, but in the course of my reporting, it had gotten some sort of dirt/white powder on it (I think it was from the salt on the ground to break up the ice?), so I had to make do with just my blazer and the shirt for the standup. It looks weird. And if I look frozen to the bone… well, I couldn’t feel my feet again properly for a couple hours after I got home from the rally. One of those “the temps aren’t that cold but the wind chill is brutal” days.

So, all in all, not a horrible piece, but not a great one.

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May 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM

North End Students – EIV News, Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni — April 29, 2011

This was a reporter package I did in the fall about the growing tensions in the North End between longtime residents and the influx of students moving into that area. It ran on EIV News at 9 on November 17, 2010, a newscast that garnered EIV News at 9 the MA/RI Associated Press award for Best College Newscast (again).

Here is the piece:

North End Students from EIVTV on Vimeo.

Challenges I faced: Finding good b-roll. The cameras we have basically don’t work at night (when all the relevant parties happen), plus there’s the safety issue (if we tried to bring a camera in or near the parties, some drunk/angry partier could have targeted us – and since we’d heard stories about heated confrontations, we weren’t going to chance it). Plus, North End people don’t really like you shooting there – we definitely got some weird looks. So the visuals were a bit challenging.

Disclaimer: This wasn’t done on my own – I did this piece with my classmate Katie Kenny.

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April 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Autism Family Profile – EIV News, Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni — April 29, 2011

The third reporter piece I did was a profile piece on a family raising an autistic son. I went out to Suffolk Downs for the Walk for Autism Speaks, which seeks to raise awareness about autism. I interviewed Deirdre Legge, Co-Chair of the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks about her and her family’s experience.

Here is the piece, which aired on October 13, 2010 for EIV News at 9:

Autism Family Profile from EIVTV on Vimeo.

The piece is very good in that it takes a larger issue and really personalizes it. Many people (including myself before I did the piece) really don’t know what raising an autistic child means for the family. In terms of the technical side of things, my camera work could have been better at some points, and my standup isn’t thrilling (it was bright out and I was squinting), but overall it’s a pretty good piece.

One challenge I had was that I had to be careful when interviewing her son because he does not know yet that he has autism (like she said in the piece, they’re waiting to tell him until he’s ready), so I had to ask general questions.

I had a classmate with me who helped me with shooting the standup and interview, but the rest of the camera work is mine.

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April 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Census 2010 – EIV News, Spring 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni – April 29, 2011

Another trip down memory lane – here’s the second reporter piece I did for EIV News at 9. It aired on April 7, 2010. This one looks at the census and how it affects college students in Boston.

Here it is:

Census PKG from EIVTV on Vimeo.

This piece is notable in that it was my first experience as a “one-man-band” journalist. So that meant my stand-ups and shooting were a bit trickier than usual. Overall, I think it turned out quite well, especially considering it was only my second one. I now do one-man-banding on many of my pieces.

Disclaimer: The graphics were not done by me – that’s the handiwork of the talented Kevin Cochran.

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April 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Boston Restoration – EIV News, Spring 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni — April 29, 2011

So, this is a trip down memory lane for me. It was the first TV reporter piece I ever did, for EIV News at 9. (And you can tell it’s the first one!) It gives some perspective on how I’ve grown as a reporter in the past year. (Yes, I’ve only been doing this for a year.)

The piece was about a proposal to revamp a couple old buildings in the city – one on the Common and one in the Fens.

So here’s my very first reporter piece.

Boston Common Restoration PKG from EIVTV on Vimeo.

Okay, it’s not the best (especially with the camera work on Ross… which I didn’t do because I had a new photog with me but should have checked before we recorded the interview), but it’s also not the worst thing out there either.

If I’d had time recently (and I haven’t with my schoolwork being what it is), they actually did have a sandwich shop take the one on the Common, and it’s slated to open late this year or early next year, so I could have done a follow-up piece.

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April 29, 2011 at 9:56 AM