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Melodi Smith

Melodi Smith

Associate Producer

CNN.com

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“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

CNN

Researcher, The Row

As a researcher for The Row, I fact-check information for television packages, look lives, online articles published on CNN.com and HLNtv.com, etc. Every important detail in a script is looked at in great detail and discussed with senior colleagues. I am one of the last set of eyes that will see a piece before it airs or is published online.

I speak with newsroom coworkers domestically and abroad to ensure each item is logged and handed off to the appropriate point person.

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CNN

Video Journalist

Everyday while working for CNN as Video Journalist Melodi worked on live and taped show production for the Turner Broadcasting networks. Melodi worked to meet the needs of the production crew by assisting the floor directors, talent, directors and producers. She teleprompted for taped and live shows, assist in gathering scripts for on-air talent and grip for the steady camera operators. Additional, programming she provided support for include: Sanjay Gupta MD, Your Money, CNN Student News, In Session on truTV, CNNI's International Desk, Morning Express with Robin Meade, Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Sandy, Newtown, CT School Shooting , 2012 Presidential election and Boston Marathon bombing.

In addition, she provided research and production assistance to the CNN Networking Booking department with the opening video for CNN Dialogues, the quarterly company sponsored open forum discussing important issues of today. During CNN Dialogues entitled, "The Millennial Generation: Changing the Way We Do Business," she operated a 50inch tablet with a live Instagram feed throughout the production to give the audience a more connected social experience.

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CNN Network Booking

Intern

As an intern with CNN Network Booking, Melodi provided breaking news assistance for the Midwestern Tornadoes and Chardon Ohio school shooting. In her communication with CNN booking producers she provided guidance for potential live on-air guest via the social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook. Through Melodi's efforts guest were booked for Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien, Piers Morgan Tonight, Erin Burnett Out Front and the CNN Newsroom. 

She participated in departmental daily meetings, updated the company guest database with over 200 entries, conducted interviews for the company sponsored diversity video, participated in extensive Internet research and assisted in the video production of CNN Dialogues:Today’s Other America: Living in Poverty. Additionally, she assisted in CNN Dialogues:The Arab `Spring`: A Path to Democracy? 

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UF College of Journalism

Co-Curriculum Course Developer

As a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, for The College of Journalism and Communications, Melodi co-created the class entitled, “Weimer Welcome” as an introductory course for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Furthermore, Melodi created the marketing, branding logo development, class assignments and daily class content for “Weimer Welcome.”

As a result of the first initial steps to create the Weimer Welcome class, the class has been taught every semester since the Fall semester of 2011.

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University of Florida

Bachelor of Science , Telecommunication-News