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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Rene Gonzalez

Class of 2005, Bachelor's

As of October 2012, I am now an Executive Producer at KNSD-TV (NBC 7 San Diego).

I worked at XETV FOX6 in San Diego as a producer for two and a half years before breaking for the peacock here in America’s Finest City.


What new skills do you think journalists need? :

Writing as much as possible and getting to see how all aspects of news work-- i.e. newsroom activity as well as studio production.

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

Writing, news judgment, ability to multi-task.

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Anchor, Producer, Technical Director, Playback, W/S/E.

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

Current events quizzes...’nuff said.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Eat, sleep and breathe a junkie.  And write as much as you can-- it will be your best asset regardless of being in front of or behind the camera.

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

Know what you want, but be willing to give a few trade offs for being in the market that you want.

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