On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, almost 50 students from 18 area middle and high schools came to the WRAL-TV Studios for the annual CBC Job Shadow Day. Ironically, the students got to hear about more news than expected. WRAL-TV stayed on-air live during all the programming between the morning and noon news due to the severe weather and threat of flooding in the Triangle that day.
CBC hosts the day each year in conjunction with the Wake County Public School System. Selected students spend the morning at WRAL-TV, hearing presentations from staffers in a variety of departments from news to promotions to sales to operations and more. Employees from WRAL-TV, FOX 50 and CBC New Media participate, sharing their knowledge.
WRAL-TV Digital Media Administrator Steve Elizondo helped with the event and was impressed with the young attendees. He said:
The young people attending were very engaged and interested in everything our co-workers had to share, and it was rewarding to be involved in helping those thinking about a career in broadcasting. To get a clear picture of what they should expect.
It was also good to make contact with what may be the next generation of television broadcasters, and to encourage them as they move down what I consider to be a bright future in public service.
The day gives the students an inside look at television broadcasting and technology, to help them determine if the field might be a good career fit for them.
“Our students were thoroughly impressed and amazed at the number of different careers available in the station,” Green Hope High School Career Development Coordinator Catherine Barone told CBC after the program. “The speakers were great and lunch was excellent, but I know how much goes into putting a program together and I truly thank you for doing all that you do for our students!”
After the presentations, students got a tour of the station and the behind-the-scenes operations. Then they enjoyed lunch and got a visit from WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter David Crabtree and WRAL-TV Five On Your Side Executive Producer Monica Laliberte. Both were fresh off the hours-long coverage on the anchor desk, but took time to spend with potential future broadcasters.
Rolesville High School student Kadejah Willis said about the day:
Thank you so much for sharing your job with me. I never realized how many people and resources it takes to broadcast the news. I also didn’t realize how accurate and precise things had to be.
I really enjoyed touring the building. I liked looking at the control room and the news room. It was interesting to see what people used to do their jobs and how the news room looked in real life. It was really generous of you all to share your time with me. I really appreciate it.
Thanks to Corp’s Mary Eaton for these capcom photos.