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WCAX Vermont City Marathon Women’s Winner VO/SOT 5/28/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 29, 2012

I ran a half marathon on Sunday!

Okay, so did tons of other people here in Burlington for the Vermont City Marathon. In fact, as the name suggests, many people actually ran quite a bit more than I did. And quite a bit faster too — like the women’s marathon winner Kasie Enman. Because she was the first Vermonter to win it — ever — it was quite a news story for us in the world of sports. And since I was filling in on my show in the morning on the reporter end, it was my story the next day.

I honestly can’t take credit for too much of the content (though I did help sports out by running part of my half marathon with a Go Pro strapped to my head to give it the “runner’s perspective”). Here’s proof:

Surprisingly, the camera wasn’t that heavy. I have no idea how the footage turned out though.

What a dork, right?

And since I already had makeup on on Monday morning, I did the webcast:

In case anyone is wondering… my (unofficial) time for my half was 1:46:58. Not bad considering I hadn’t run that long since the 2011 Boston Marathon. Our combined team had a 3:38:51.



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May 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Independence Day

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By Cat Viglienzoni — July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day/4th of July!

I came across this exhibit on the Boston Common a while back, but the pictures seemed appropriate for today. A BIG thank you for all those who have served our country.




For those who don’t know, Independence Day marks the day the United States declared independence from Britain. The holiday itself has only been around since 1941, but the tradition goes back to the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for independence, and the Declaration of Independence was adopted two days later. Thus, July 4th has been celebrated ever since as America’s birthday, if you will.

Unfortunately, this article says in a poll conducted in 2007 by the U.S. Mint, 26 percent of people didn’t know the U.S. gained independence from Britain. Six percent of those people chose a different country (China, France, Japan, Mexico, Spain).

I wonder what George Washington would think of that.

George Washington, as seen with a memorable horse in a painting at the Boston MFA.

Photos by Cat Viglienzoni.


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July 4, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Sports Nutrition Show Live Shot – Winter 2011

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By Cat Viglienzoni — June 1, 2011

I’m going to assume that most of you have not had the … ah… pleasure of going live before. But you have definitely seen the reporters on TV doing just that, and many of them make it look VERY easy.

It’s not.

First off, we were in a terrible location. It’s great that our school can even DO live shots, because it requires special equipment and setup, but the location is not ideal. It’s in a sketchy and poorly-lit alley across from our school (the one with the two strip clubs farther down the block), on the corner of a busy downtown road, in one of the windiest parts of the city. It’s an ugly backdrop any way you turn.

That’s also why it’s an excellent location to begin in, because you’ll encounter many of the challenges a reporter going live faces – uncooperative weather (hair flying everywhere), passerby who get too curious, loud street noise that can drown you out, etc.

So here’s my attempt. It was for a classmate’s show on sports health, and my piece was on nutrition for athletes. I was assigned as a live reporter for the show.

Okay, so I don’t look great in the live shot. It was super windy, super-freezing (you hopefully can’t tell, but I actually couldn’t feel any of my limbs – including my hands – by the end of it), and we’d been standing out in that weather waiting for the show to set correctly for about an hour. By the time it was my turn to go, I wanted to get inside, so I think I spoke too quickly and rushed my delivery. The piece was long, but that was the length I was told to do. I also didn’t get a chance to get different b-roll for the piece – ideally, I would have been able to go to a grocery store or a cafeteria and get shots of different foods or people eating. You see my mouth moving at the beginning (a no-no) – that was me getting the cue – slightly late – that I was live. (Normally, a reporter has an earpiece that allows him or her to hear what’s going on at the station. We did not, so my photographer had to cue me in.)

I had help setting up and shooting from my producer, Lynn Herman. I did most of the interview and the tracking and editing. The lovely Meghan Lamontagne was the anchor who led into my live shot.

Still, I didn’t flub the words too much, and I was more comfortable the next time I got to go live, so I think it was a great experience to have.


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June 1, 2011 at 6:53 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

Read for the Record – Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 24, 2011

I don’t know if you’ve gotten this from the earlier post on being the library poster child but… I like reading. A lot.

So you can imagine that covering a story on adorable children reading books to set a record (and promote literacy) was a lot of fun for me to go do. This piece I did for class in the fall last year about the Read for the Record project put on by Jumpstart. The project aims to get the most children to read the same book on the same day to promote literacy.

This was the fourth piece I’d ever done. Disclosure again: I did have to re-shoot the standup.

This was for class, so I didn’t air it anywhere.

I did this piece with my classmate Greg Burud.

Things I’d change: I edited some shots on movements, which isn’t good to do (it looks just a bit off). We also should have had the interviewees facing the camera more instead of getting a profile shot. I also should have boosted the nat sound track more so that the background noise was more audible throughout.

And if you’re curious, this year’s Read for the Record is on October 6, 2011 and children will read Llama, Llama Red Pajama, which I think you should read because that title is pretty amazing.


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May 24, 2011 at 10:34 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