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WCAX Peanut Allergy Treatment PKG, 4/26/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 13, 2013

This was the reporter piece I shot on the same day I anchored (see previous post), and I loved the story.

It’s about a family whose young boy has a peanut allergy so severe that exposure to peanuts used to require hospitalization. Then, thanks to a program to desensitize him to peanuts by slowly increasing his exposure to peanut flour, he can now eat three peanut M&Ms and not see any reaction.

Check out his story, which aired first on April 25 at 6 p.m. and the next morning at 5 a.m. (shown below) and 6 a.m.:

The important thing to note is that he is not cured — what this does it it makes it possible for him to eat things that probably don’t contain any large amount of peanuts, or come into contact with traces of peanuts, and not have a reaction. So it’s peace of mind for him and his family, but not a permanent solution. And if he stops eating the peanut M&Ms, he will lose that desensitization. It also may not be as useful for someone who has multiple nut allergies, since it only targets peanuts.

For more information, visit the story on our website.

It was a fun story to shoot — especially since he was very excited to be on TV!



WCAX Parks Smoking Ban VO/SOT 6/1/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — June 2, 2012

I filled in again on my show yesterday — nothing terribly exciting, but I like keeping the live reporter element in the A block of the show when I can. I think it looks nicer.

Fortunately, I even got to liveside new sound, thanks to an alternate soundbite from a piece Keagan had done a while back about camping. That piece wasn’t focused on smoking, but the proposal was still newsworthy.

I livesided the usual three times during the show and cut-ins. I also did the webcast that morning.

Nothing too exciting, but something different!


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June 2, 2012 at 2:30 PM

WCAX “Our Body” Exhibit PKG, April 16, 2012

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By Cat Viglienzoni — April 19, 2012

There are times in my job where I get to go do some really interesting things and then share them with our viewers. Case in point was last weekend when I was filling in for one of our reporters on Saturday. That happened to coincide with the opening of the “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibit at ECHO in downtown Burlington.

For those unfamiliar with the exhibit, it’s real human bodies that have been intricately dissected to show visitors what their bodies look like in a very real, 3D way.

The piece aired on Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., but I did my usual routine and livesided versions on Monday morning, since we were going to have to re-run the material anyway. These are Monday’s versions — first the package during the 5 a.m. hour and then the VO/SOT version in the 6 a.m.

This piece appealed to me because I (if you didn’t know) am a science junkie, and I find our bodies fascinating (if you stop and think about all the mechanics, if you will, that go into making each of us function for however long our lifetimes are, it’s really quite mind-boggling). And fortunately, I’m not squeamish either, so exhibits like that one don’t bother me.

Full disclaimer: I do volunteer at ECHO on Tuesdays in my spare time, again, because of my rooted interest in science and my love of passing interesting facts on to others. That said, I got no treatment that other media did not.

And of course, since I was already dressed up, I did the morning news update:

I have seen the exhibit a couple times now and it’s still impressive, I think. My only regret with those livesides was that one of our graphics systems was not cooperating, so other than one super (person’s name on the bottom of the screen), the rest didn’t show up. But other than that it went well.


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April 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Grossology Exhibit PKG WCAX 9/23/11

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 18, 2012

This SHOULD be the last of my older reporter work that needs to be uploaded — I think I have everything up now. Hooray for being on top of things finally!

This was a fun piece for me to do, not only because it involved lots of interesting opportunities for nat sound pops and interesting visuals. I love science (why I’ve got the science beat at the station for now) and being able to do this piece let me exercise my inner science geek.

This piece debuted on our morning show in both hours, but I only got a copy of the 6 p.m. version because I forgot to record the morning ones.

Full disclosure, I also volunteer at ECHO one day a week (for the same reason that I love science and love teaching people about different creatures/phenomena when I get the chance). That said, other than knowing about the exhibit because I volunteer there, what I was doing at ECHO day-to-day had very little to do with that exhibit.


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March 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Norovirus Warnings WCAX February 6, 2012

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By Cat Viglienzoni — February 15, 2012

So this is a pretty late post too, with no good reason other than I was busy posting the backlog of older work to the blog.

In any case, this piece I did first on February 4 for the Saturday 6 p.m./11 p.m. news, but since Monday rolled around and we have to use the weekend content, I ended up running it and fronting it live on my show in the 5 a.m. hour, which is always fun.

I did a second version in the 6 a.m. hour, where we typically don’t run any packages that aren’t new — so I fronted a cutdown version of the piece instead.

Really, it was more of a health PSA than anything, since norovirus isn’t particularly serious, even if it is rather unpleasant to have and contagious. I made sure to reiterate that in the piece, that way it wouldn’t sound like we were sensationalizing something that isn’t usually life-threatening.

I was really lucky to run into the norovirus patient — we’d gone to the clinic expecting just to interview the doctor — although I didn’t think I’d ever come across a name that was harder to say than mine!



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February 15, 2012 at 4:38 PM

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