July 7, 2006
Junior Kristina Hull always wanted to be in front of a camera and talk sports. Now, she is opening the doors to that dream by working as an intern at Channel 11 here in Atlanta.
Here is a question and answer with the Tech softball player…
Describe what you are doing at Channel 11 this summer?
Hull: “I’ve been watching the games and the highlights, and then I put the highlights on a master tape, which has all the Braves highlights throughout the whole year. For example, if someone hits a home run, I will put the time down and what it was that happened. I do this so I can go back later and put that highlight on the master tape.”
So are you working as an editor?
Hull: “I guess you could say it’s a sort of editing work. But I just mark where the highlights are and the actual editor and produce will put together the actual hightlights tape that they will use for that broadcast.”
What are some of things of the job you love the most?
Hull: “My favorite part is when I get to go to Turner Field. I also went to the Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame Sports Writers Day and will be going to the volleyball tournament at Atlantic Station. I haven’t gotten the chance to interview anyone yet.
“I did get the chance to do a stand-up where they record me talking about a certain event on location. Sam Crenshaw actually helped me with my first one at Turner Field. I was on the field right by the Fox 5 reporter and some of the other reporters while I was doing it and I could hear them placing bets on how many takes it was going to take me. As if I wasn’t nervous enough, you have the Braves behind taking batting practice and you’re trying to knock out your first stand-up with all these people making bets, it was funny. I don’t know how many it took, but it was fun.
“Another great thing about doing this internship is meeting star players like Jason Varitek, Chipper Jones and Jeff Francoeur on the field. I also talked to Bobby Cox one day, and we were talking softball because his daughter played at Florida State.”
If the tape does not go on the air, what was it for?
Hull: “To get a job, you have to make a resume tape. Along with the practice at the stand-up stuff, I will actually be able to pick out highlights, dicuss them with the producer and sit at a desk and film my own broadcast. Which will be a lot of fun. That way you have something to send out to other stations.”
What else about the job makes you feel like you could do this for a living?
Hull: “I also get to meet people from other stations and other interns who are great to talk to and make friendships with. The people I work with at channel 11 make me excited to go to work because even though I don’t get paid, it’s a great environment and I really enjoy working with them. So all that makes me very interested in doing this type of work when I finsh school.”
Why do you sound so reserved when you say that?
Hull: “Since Tech doesn’t have a communications program, all of this is so new to me and kind of intimidating. I’m not as comfortable with being in front of a camera but this is why I wanted to get this type of experience by doing an internship. It’s an awesome opportunity and I feel really blessed to have the chance to do this. I’ve always wanted to be in front of the camera too so I think this is a great opportunity.”
Hull helped the Yellow Jacket softball team to 48 wins, a NCAA Regional runner-up finish, and a final NFCA RPI ranking of No. 19. Hull will be a senior at Tech next season and hopes to lead the Jackets to another ACC title, their third since 2002.