By Kim Siebert MacPhail
Eyasha Pandey and Eleni Kent—Bedford TV’s summer interns—became interested in working at the local access station through classes they took in middle school and high school.
“I took the middle school class when I was there,” said Pandey, now a rising senior at Bedford High School. “I enjoyed learning about all the equipment and the professional video editing. I thought it would be cool to get to know it better. For history classes in high school, we’ve had to do documentaries, and so some knowledge of is really helpful.”
Kent took the Broadcast Journalism class at the high school. “It was fun. We learned how to man the cameras and switch backgrounds [working at the school’s studio]. We also made our own videos and edited them on our iPads.”
In the month that they’ll intern at Bedford TV, Pandey and Kent will—among other things–make a public service announcement for the Bedford Center for the Arts and a station identification promo. They will also assist in the filming and editing of shows, such as Bedford Common, that will be shot during the month of July.
As for envisioning how what they learn will fit with career interests, the interns say they are unsure what the future holds, although the ability to edit video is a valuable skill for the modern day.
“I’m interested in film,” said Kent. “I’m not sure if that’s something I’m going to go into, but it’s a nice thing to think about. I’m going into college [at UMass Amherst] undecided about a major, so I want to explore a lot of different things.”
“In this day and age, we just make a lot of videos,” Pandey added. “We watch Bedford TV and it’s cool to now see how they filmed that and how to do the editing [to get different results]. Rather than a career path, it’s a new and helpful set of skills to have.”