There was so much to learn I felt like my brain was leaking out of my ears by the end of the night. It seems one of my main duties will be compiling and editing video clips to be used during the evening newscasts; I did a fair amount of audio editing in college, so this part isn't too intimidating yet. Speaking of audio, another big part of my job will be running the soundboards during the newscasts. As a n00b the boards look really fucking complicated, but I'm taking heart in the fact that the guy training me looked like he could probably do it with his eyes closed. He even let me take control of the board for a few minutes. When he asked me if I wanted to try, I thought he was joking. He wasn't. Oops.
Overall, everyone I've met seems pretty nice. I think this will be a job I'm genuinely excited to go to every day, which hasn't happened in a long time. The only major downside is that they do random drug screens. Apparently, one (or a few?) names are picked every three months, and you have to go in for a test. I don't know what I'm going to do about that yet — I don't really plan to stay more than a year, if that, and my name could be drawn every time or never (UGH). No job is perfect, I guess.