Shannon Simmons

Old Town Farmers Market: Where Rock Hill Shops Local

By Shannon Simmons

Old Town Farmer's Market in Rock Hill Homegrown fruits, vegetable, and meats are just some of the things you can find at the Old Town Farmers Market . Originally starting as a Thursday evening event, the market has grown and partnered with local restaurant Legal Remedy Brewing to host more events. Sarah Key , City of Rock Hill event supervisor, shares that “this is our first year partnering with Legal Remedy for a spring market that’s gone so well, it’s moved into a summer market and now a fall market.” General Manager of Legal Remedy, Mike Ramsey says that he enjoys taking part in the market because, “it gets us in front of...

Voices of First-Generation College Students

By Shannon Simmons

Winthrop's campusWith the school year in full swing, students all over the state are back in classrooms, including first-generation college students. First-generation college students are those whose parents did not attend a college or university. We sat down with local first-generation students to gain an understanding of what it’s like to be the first in their families to attend college. Steven Morales, a recent graduate of York Technical College , explains that when he first started college courses, he didn’t exactly have a plan; he had no guidance. After visiting the career counseling services, two...

The Finished Product: Endowment Intern Shannon

By Shannon Simmons

Shannon Simmons and Kaitlyn Cannon at SCETVWeek 10 marks the official completion of my summer internship with SCETV. During this week, I was able to finish up my last video project about first-generation college students here in South Carolina. The video has come a long way and I’m looking forward to sharing it online. I’m proud of my last project because I tried a lot of different editing tricks that I’ve never used before in my videos. Thanks to the feedback and pointers I received from my supervisor, I was able to bring my story idea to life. This last project has definitely taught me a big lesson, especially as a journalist...

Thanks for the Feedback: Endowment Intern Shannon

By Shannon Simmons

Shannon on Camera 3 for the Town Hall meetingI’ve enjoyed the genuine feedback and critiques I get from my supervisors here at SCETV. A lot of times, after I’ve been working on a video or a written piece for so long, I may get stuck and miss opportunities to create a strong piece. Thanks to some good critiques, I was able to improve the Old Town Farmers Market video one last time before it was published this week. I went through and added music to the video, which made a huge difference in the entire mood of the story. Asking for feedback is something that I rarely do, but I know now that I will definitely get others to look at my work...

Next Stop Sumter | Endowment Intern Shannon

By Shannon Simmons

Interns with the Making it Grow teamWeek 8 of my SCETV internship was busy and productive. I started off this week by interviewing my second student for the first-generation college student piece I’m still pursuing. For this interview, I got a chance to sit down with one of my Winthrop classmates, Kalea Young-Gibson, and discuss her college life. The interview went well and I believe the story is beginning to tell itself. I just have to do one more interview and I’ll be able to complete this video project soon. One of the biggest highlights of my week was driving down to the ETV station in Sumter. There, I was able to meet some...

Finding Balance and Filming Fruit | Endowment Intern Shannon Simmons

By Shannon Simmons

Old Town Farmers MarketIf I could use one word to describe this week,I would say balanced. Week 7 of my SCETV internship has been all about balancing my time between the multiple projects I’m working on. Currently, I’m working toward completing a project about the Old Town Farmers Market here in Rock Hill. Also, I’m finally getting the pieces together for the first generation college student piece. I started the week by attending another Digital Luncheon in Columbia, S.C. where we talked about virtual reality (VR). I found the presentations at the luncheon interesting because they illustrated ways we can combine VR...

Connecting and Sharing | Endowment Intern Shannon

By Shannon Simmons

Endowment Interns working on the intern videoWeek six of my internship has been all about making connections and sharing experiences. I started the week by interviewing with fellow interns Rebecca and Jenna. Rebecca is working on the Endowment intern promo video, so we met to discuss my experiences, so far, working with SCETV. During the interview, I was able to share some advice that I would give to future intern applicants, which I thought was nice. Next, I attended the Endowment intern luncheon. At the luncheon, I was able to meet and connect with the other interns. Each of us got to present our work and share our thoughts on the...

Halfway There | Endowment Intern Shannon

By Shannon Simmons

A photo of Shannon working on her first story about JuneteenthIt’s hard to believe that I’ve officially reached the halfway point of my summer internship. Week five of my SCETV internship has flown by quickly, thanks to the 4th of July holiday. I got to take a small break from the office and celebrate Independence Day with some of my family. After the holiday celebrations were over, I headed back to the office to start working on new assignments. In the last few days, I’ve been researching and making connections to start my next stories. I don’t want to reveal too many details so soon, but I have an interview set up for next week that I think will be...

What’s Happening Behind the Scenes | Endowment Intern Shannon Simmons

By Shannon Simmons

Rockin Rags CreationsA lot of small steps are taken before a piece is anywhere near ready to be published, and that is what this week has been all about for me. During week four of my SCETV summer internship, I have been able to work on different tasks in the office that will help move the current stories we’re working on forward. To start off the week, I sat in on an interview with Celia Kerr. She is the daughter of Vicky Kerr, the retired Rock Hill doctor whom we interviewed a few weeks ago. I helped my intern advisor and SCETV producer Kaitlyn conduct the interview for a video project she is currently working...

Sharing More and More | Endowment Intern Shannon

By Shannon Simmons

Vernon Grant GalleryWe started this week by discussing one of my favorite topics, social media. I got the chance to attend a digital luncheon in Columbia where we learned about different approaches to increasing online engagement. I thought it was super interesting to hear a large platform like SCETV talk about their social media techniques. As a content creator myself, I’m always trying different ways to increase my audience. I’ll definitely take some of the ideas discussed and use them more often when creating digital content. One major highlight this week was publishing the Juneteenth Rock Hill story. Just...

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