While I certainly had plenty to do in the freelance world in 2018, most of my work since the fall has been with WRAL.
It's been a combo of things: reporting stories for Football Friday, college football, college basketball and the Carolina Hurricanes as well as editing for WRALSportsFan.com and producing Fox 50 Game Night.
The fall kept me busy enough that I haven't had the time to save and post a lot of my work.
So let's try to be better about that in 2019.
Last week, I had a couple of cool assignments. On Friday, I covered the Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators. I researched all these storylines before I went just so I could be all caught up, but until I walked in and saw a giant Chewbacca taking pictures with fans, I realized I forgot the most important thing: it was Star Wars Night.
Confession time. I never have been a Star Wars guy. But when reporting on a game, my number one goal these days is to make the story unique. Make it memorable. Any hook you can find to do that other than just showing highlight, highlight, highlight, sound bite…jump on it.
This game was also a 7:30 start, which is a half hour later than usual. It's tough enough to make deadline for the 11pm sportscast for a 7:00 game so I knew I need to be writing this one is my head as the game went along.
As the Senators jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the second period, I typed out as many Star Wars references as I could muster during the intermission. Fortunately, nothing changed dramatically during the third and final period so I was able to make deadline with ease. Watch the story above and count how many references I worked in. Plus the postgame sound was great for a team that just got smoked.
The next day, I was the beneficiary of some scheduling shuffling in the sports office by getting assigned the Duke-Virginia basketball game.
What a matchup. Duke was ranked #1 in the AP Poll and Virginia was #1 in the Coaches Poll.
This one was a challenge because I was there covering it by myself in a media room of about 100 people (Virginia media travel in droves) and I had to worry about posting to instagram, live streaming Coach K's press conference and adding all my video to the website…in addition to the TV story on deadline.
Hopefully, I did it justice. Watch just for the Zion Williamson dunk and his interaction with teammate RJ Barrett as they gave it a 1-to-10 score.
I also featured Zion a few weeks ago. Good kid and a physical freak who will probably be the first pick in the NBA Draft.
We'll see what the rest of the season brings. It could be a busy March!
Jason Jennings is a freelance videographer based in Raleigh, NC. He previously spent more than a decade covering sports for television stations in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri.