I graduated from USC with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. I interned at CNN Los Angeles and KABC (twice) prior to landing my first on-air job for a CBS affiliate in Bozeman Montana. I moved to KPSP the CBS affiliate in Palm Springs / Thousand Palms.Survey
What are the top three skills journalism students should learn in college?:
First and foremost make sure you practice your writing. Secondly, learn how to operate a camera, and lastly know the basics of producing a newscast. With these tools you’ll be set to go.
What were your duties at ATVN? :
How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:
ATVN was the real deal, the hands on experience I received helped me make a smooth transition.
Knowing the ins and outs of a newsroom operation. Being able to generate story ideas and knowing what is expected from you as a reporter. Also having knowledge of current events was pretty helpful.
What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:
For all of those who believe in themselves remember anything you want you can accomplish. You will definitely come across some roadblocks, but don’t get discouraged. If you really want something you will get it.
What should graduates keep in mind when negotiating their first job?:
Research the city you’ll be living in. See if the money they are offering you is enough to pay your rent. Remember, your fist job is your foot in the door, there’s hardly any negotiating. However, when reviewing the contract see if they’re willing to offer you any relocation money (take what you can get). Asking is free, but keep in mind that there are thousands who want your job.