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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

ALUMNI

Angela Gerald

Class of 2003, Bachelor's



Assistant Producer

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What are the top three skills journalism students should learn in college?:

1. Writing, writing, writing. 2. Learn to work well under deadline pressure. 3. Story ideas - go beyond just reading the newspaper everyday and knowing a lot about current issues, and come up with interesting story ideas that your station or show could cover. This is a great way to get yourself noticed by the higher-ups.



What were your duties at ATVN? :

Executive producer, show producer, writer, floor manager



How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

The hands-on experience at ATVN prepared me more than anything else I did during journalism school. Working at ATVN also taught me how to function under deadline pressure.



What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Go beyond your journalism classes. They are important but what will set you apart from others when you’re trying to land that first job is your experience at ATVN and your internships.



What should graduates keep in mind when negotiating their first job?:

Don’t be afraid to ask. The worst thing that can happen is they say no.

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