After graduating from USC in 2007, I began working as a Desk Assistant at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. After 8 months of logging, and working with reporters and producers, I moved within NBC News to Channel One News, a ten-minute daily education news broadcast that is televised directly into high schools. I stayed with Channel One News for three seasons, shooting, writing, editing and producing pieces while traveling nationwide. After reaching out to numerous contacts I've made through my work in New York, and applying to jobs on the website, I secured an interview and now job at Al Jazeera English.Survey
What are the top three skills journalism students should learn in college?:
Writing, storytelling, and news judgement. With those skills, you can really do anything in this field. Being able to find a story, and make it accessible to your viewer is what this job is all about.
What were your duties at ATVN? :
Executive Producer, Producer, Reporter, W/S/E
How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:
ATVN put me far ahead of my colleagues of similar ages right away. The skills taught and practiced at ATVN are the basics of television news production, and oftentimes, what works at ATVN will work at a professional news show.
What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:
My two pieces of advice are pretty simple, but vital to the job: be curious, and be the absolute best writer you can be.
Don't forget why you do what you do. Stay true to what you want to do, whatever it is, and you'll be fine.
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