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WCAX Rendezvous PKG 8/17/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — August 24, 2013

Took a break from reporting for about a month while I filled in anchoring and got a new role at the station!

I filled in on the weekend, though, and went to cover a meetup of activists concerned about large-scale energy projects (like wind farms, etc.).

The challenge I ran into with this piece was trying to make it different than the other energy-protest related stories we had done (we have done many).

I didn’t want to wear my sunglasses in the standup, but naturally there was just enough of a breeze to wreck havoc with my hair if I didn’t. Ah well.

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August 24, 2013 at 6:03 AM

WCAX Farm Bill Concerns PKG 2/16/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 9, 2013

Continuing my backlog of work that I didn’t post for months… I filled in on the reporter side again on a Saturday back in February, covering an annual meeting of the St. Albans Dairy Cooperative and talking to dairy farmers about their frustrations with the Farm Bill saga playing out on Capitol Hill still.

It was a pretty well-attended meeting, certainly from the political front (the Governor and most of our congressional delegation showed up, and Sanders had been planning to) — I felt most of it was what we had already heard from them though, but it was important to check back in on the issue, since there are a number of dairy farms in the state.

It aired at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. February 16, and again on February 18 for Monday’s morning show.

Considering that and my VO/SOT for the day were both on agriculture meetings (the other was the NOFA winter conference), both attended by the same politicians, it felt like a broken record!

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March 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

WCAX Election Website Launch 10/11/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — October 14, 2012

This week I also got to do a quick reporter piece for the station on a new initiative we launched this year to make sure viewers had a place to go if they were specifically looking for election coverage in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

The piece aired on WCAX in the 6 p.m. news on October 11, 2012 and again the next morning in our 5 a.m. hour.

If you’re looking for the website, it’s http://elections.wcax.com/. And as my piece said, the night of the election, it’ll be your best source of election news for our region because we’ll be having real-time updates as the races progress and the results come in from our people in the field.

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October 14, 2012 at 5:20 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

Libya Rally at Copley Square: Part 2, WEBN News, Spring 2011

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 11, 2011

Here’s the promised part 2 of the Libya rally coverage that I did on February 26 after the rally in Boston’s Copley Square. Protesters gathered to demonstrate against Colonel Gadhafi’s regime in Libya and raise awareness about the growing violence there. I went there with a friend and got to hear from some of those affected personally by the violence.

For this piece, Stephanie Greenland helped me shoot my standup and some interviews – the rest of the shooting and reporting I did on my own.

I will have to say that I think this is the best piece I have done to date. I felt my shooting and writing worked, and the content was strong. There are a few minor things that could be tweaked in retrospect, and I certainly look as cold and windblown as I was out there that day, but I am proud of this one.

Obviously, there was an anchor lead-in and lower-thirds (those are the names identifying the people speaking, for those who aren’t in on the TV jargon) when it ran in the broadcast on March 3.

This piece is one example of how to take a world event and localize it. As the violence in Libya continues, the stories of people like Bagegni and Azzabi continue to remain timely and relevant.

Here’s a link to Part 1 of my coverage, in case you missed it. There’s a link there to the web version of the story that I did that day for WEBN’s website.

And finally… here’s the NAT sound piece that I did a standup for at the rally and Stephanie edited down later on for the web that day. It’s just to give you a sense of the scene there.

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May 11, 2011 at 11:17 PM

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