Raven Furber

A Bittersweet Goodbye | Endowment Intern Raven

By Raven Furber

Raven and Libby

As I wrap up my time as an ETV Endowment intern, I can easily say that I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Within the past two years, I’ve had two different experiences with SCETV. Both have been amazing. This time around, I was able to develop a different set of skills, which I know will further my future greatly. I hope one day to work as a PR professional and knowing how to create digital content will give me a competitive edge that other students my age will not have.

Hub City: Voice of the South

By Raven Furber

Hub City Voices

Spartanburg is becoming a cultural hub for South Carolina. Starting in 1995, the Hub City Writers Project started as a group of published writers who wanted to celebrate their city. Now, the Writers Project has expanded to include a fully-functioning press as well as a community-funded bookstore. In addition to their Summer Publishing Internship, the Hub City Writers Project also hosts their annual Writing in Place conference and a residency program for developing writers.  

Hydroponics, Huh? | Endowment Intern Raven

By Raven Furber

Basil Plants growing in a nutrient film tray hydroponics system

At the beginning of my internship, I did a story on the Hub City Co-op. During my interview with the general manager, I was told about the Tyger River Smart Farm. Tyger River Smart Farm is one of the few hydroponics farms in the Upstate. After doing a marketing project this past semester, I had just enough knowledge to know what hydroponics is. It is easy to say that hydroponics isn't a widespread method of farming, but its use is rapidly increasing.

An Artist’s Haven

By Raven Furber

Artist Co-op

The West Main Artists Co-op is an open environment that allows artists from all over the Upstate to have a space to create. The co-op houses over 50 artists, all in different disciplines. Artists here specialize in sculpting, photography, painting, printmaking, performance, and several other types of art. The West Main Artists Co-op gives its residents the opportunity to hold exhibits and sell their work.

Easy Transitions | Endowment Intern Raven Furber

By Raven Furber

Female artist with flaming trashcan

This week, we welcomed ETV Upstate’s newest staff member. Xiou Yu! Xiou is an amazing lady and I can’t wait to see all the amazing content she will bring to ETV! So far, working with her has been great. 

Parties and Co-ops | Endowment Intern Raven

By Raven Furber

Raven Furber videos ceramics at the West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, South Carolina

We started off the week by taking an old friend down to Columbia. Gary Stevens, former regional engineer, came along for the ride as we made our way to Kerry Feduk’s retirement surprise party. As a treat, we ate at our favorite spot in Columbia, but I’ll keep that a secret. At the surprise party, I was able to meet all of the other ETV Endowment interns. They are all such nice ladies and I can’t wait to see them again at our luncheon!

What Do You Mean Exporting Will Take an Hour? | Endowment Intern Raven

By Raven Furber

Raven editing a web story in her office

This week was filled with countless hours of editing, rendering, and regulations. As I finished up my story on the Hub City Co-op, I ran into the necessary evils of editing. All week I've been battling small, almost unrecognizable errors, like differentiations in font spacing to messing with the waveform monitors. There's been a lot of waiting while both rendering and exporting, but that's to be expected. We went into downtown Spartanburg this week to get some shots of the community and it was then that I realized how thankful I am to have this internship.

Adventures All Around | Endowment Intern Raven

By Raven Furber

Raven Furber, William Richardson, and Coby Hennecy at the ETV Endowment office

Week three of my internship was filled with adventures I never thought I would have. The first adventure of the week was a small one. It seems that just about every week, something interesting happens outside my office window. This week, the entire population of campus geese decided to come graze outside my window. Nearly 15 goslings and their parents trapped us inside the building as they foraged for food right outside, and trust me, they can be very aggressive. I tried to feed them potatoes chips and got hissed at.

Hub City Exploration | Endowment Intern Raven

By Raven Furber

Raven filming at the Hbb City Co-op

Week two at ETV Upstate was when the real fun started. This was the week that I started working on stories. My first story centered on the Hub City Co-op. I had to put my "big-girl" hat on and call the co-op to get permission and schedule interviews. I had never conducted an interview before and the whole process was nerve-wrecking. I was thankful to have William there to continue to ask questions once I had finished mine.

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