I'm sorry that I cannot keep in touch yesterday. The day before yesterday (Wednesday), we visited Channel 9 to see a live broadcast news. Although it was about 40 degrees Celsius, we walked down there I believe it was a valuable experience to go there. Inside the news station there were many TV screens with a remarkable clock that a woman who was showing us around emphasized that they are really vital to keep the live broad cast on going. Fortunately, while other students were at the studio, communication students had an opportunity to see the control room where producers and directors keep track of time and conduct the whole agenda. I made me feel nervous since the atmosphere was very tense. Owing to the visit to this place I worked to find out the tricks hidden in how the announcers and newscasters memorize (read!!) their scripts looking at the camera. A guy inside the control room told us that there is a device that shows every single words of the script, in other words announcers can read the script by looking at the camera. I realized that many staffs are working together to enhance their quality of accuracy along with individuality. One of the things that were really interesting was that a newscaster who mainly reads broadcast news had a different role since they have to talk and point a green wall which appears to be a map of the continent of the US with their temperatures on the audiences’ screen. The anchor of the channel 9, Ms. J.C. Hayward, was really nice because she let us take self picture with her one by one. Later that day we had a subway accident since someone has left a bag which was prospected to have a bomb inside it. I was surprised to know that they check whosever bag whether it has a danger but mentors said this usually happens. According to this incident, we happened to miss our class. In night we enjoyed playing the billiards. It was fun!! Then we headed to a Japanese restaurant where the miso soup reminded me of Japanese food.
On the next day, we visited to IDB as Inter-American Development Bank. A Japanese woman took care of us and guided the building. We ate lunch at the cafeteria of the IDB which was a worthy experience. After eating lunch we had a chance to hear the Japanese specialist worker in the IDB. There were 4 people who explained us how the IDB contribute to the developing countries from Latin America to many parts of Africa. The board room was like ones in the UN or Japanese parliament. Then we went to National Portrait Gallery where I liked the portrait of American Presidents. In night we went to Chinatown and ate sandwiches in the College Park. After returning to our room, there was a big insect like a mosquito and I was really surprised. However our friend killed the insect, and so I had a good night sleep zzzz….