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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

ALUMNI

Hunter Burgarella

Class of 2008, Bachelor's



I interned at KRON in San Francisco and at KGUN in Tucson as well as working at ATVN for two years after transferring to USC.

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

Deadlines!!! Deadlines is first for sure. Second, be prepared, always be prepared and informed for any situation / story. Lastly, familiarize yourself with the entire newsroom and try to learn every aspect there is to putting a broadcast together, trust me it will help!



What were your duties at ATVN? :

Worked as a WSE, Producer and Reporter for ATVN.



How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN prepared me by teaching me the daily routine of putting together a daily newscast. It also gave me hands on experience doing packages on my own and preparing myself for a job after school.



What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Set out your goals, write them down on a piece of paper and follow them through. Believe that you actually have the job you want and believe that YOU WILL GET IT. Work everyday on that goal putting all your energy and effort into it until you succeed. I really wanted to work for CNN after school and specifically in the political unit and focused all my energy, drive, and work into achieving the goal which was finally made possible. Finally, make connections! The more connections the better, stay in contact with people you work with, treat everybody with respect because you never know who will end up scoring you a job.



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

Do your research on the station or company you want to work for. Don’t go into an interview knowing nothing about their coverage / company because you will not get the job. 

DWP RATE HIKE

April 2, 2008

The City Council agreed to increase water and power rates in Los Angeles.

WRITERS BACK TO WORK

February 13, 2008

Hollywood is moving on now that the writers strike is over.

MALIBU VICTIMS

November 27, 2007

Victims of last weekend's Malibu brush fire find help at a local relief center.

WRITERS STRIKE SUPPORT

November 13, 2007

Celebrities join the picket lines to show their support for the striking Writers Guild members.

WORKPLACE SHOOTING

October 9, 2007

Simi Valley residents are concerned about the safety of their city after a deadly shooting

IMMIGRATION RALLY

March 29, 2007

Hunter Burgarella reports on why some in LA protested the deportation of illegal immigrants

FATAL HIT AND RUN

March 1, 2007

Hunter Burgarella was at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run near the USC campus

LA ROBBERY

February 8, 2007

Hunter Burgarella was at the scene of a hostage situation at a nearby Jack-in-the-Box