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WCAX Blind Sled Dog PKG 3/4/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 11, 2013

This is quite possibly my favorite piece I have done so far, and certainly the one that has gotten the most attention.

The story is about a sled dog, Gonzo, who went blind suddenly a few years ago, and nothing could fix it. His owners at the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel were debating his future when the veterinarian suggested they try to run him with the team, since Gonzo wanted to go out. Over time, Gonzo’s brother, Poncho, realized his brother needed help and became his guide on the course.

Photographer Andy Goodrich and I went over to New Hampshire the week before it aired to shoot the piece (a 2.5-hour drive each way, but it was worth it), and I worked late finishing the script that day.

It debuted on the morning show on March 4 and ran in some form in every broadcast that day (cutdowns at noon and 5 p.m., full pieces in the morning, 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.).

The next morning, CNN called the station and I answered — they asked me to send the piece to them for their affiliates to use, and then they also linked to the story on the northeast section of their home page. So it got quite a bit of attention — as those dogs deserved.

It was just a good piece to do — an uplifting story, which is good to balance out some of the other news we tend to report that isn’t necessarily pleasant stuff.



Written by Cat Viglienzoni

March 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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.


Written by Cat Viglienzoni

June 13, 2011 at 11:20 PM