Natasha Zouves is an award-winning journalist with a passion for breaking news and creative storytelling. You can catch her on San Diego's ABC 10News. She anchors the "Live Center" weekday mornings-- which is all unscripted and real-time breaking news. She also reports live during the day and often works as a One-Man Band.
Zouves has had the privilege of field producing for KABC-TV and multimedia producing for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. She has worked in both broadcast and print journalism.
In 2012, Zouves won two Hearst awards -- one in TV Feature Reporting and one in Enterprise Writing. She also came second nationally in the TV Broadcast category. She graduated magna cum laude from USC's Annenberg School with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. This promoted her passion for health news.
Zouves feels connected to her Greek and Chinese roots and enjoys cooking. She is proud to call San Diego and 10News her home and can't wait to hear from you.
Follow Natasha's Twitter account -- @10NewsNatasha -- by visiting twitter.com/10NewsNatasha.Survey
What new skills do you think journalists need? :
Being an excellent shooter and fast editor will make you so much more marketable out of school. Don't just get the job done, look for opportunities to get beautiful, creative shots and to incorporate interesting nat sound.
What are the top three skills journalism students should learn in college?:
1) Beautiful shooting, fast editing.
2) Develop your writing.
3) Work your hardest, even when you think no one notices.
and a fourth: listen to everything Judy Muller says.
What were your duties at ATVN? :
Reporter, News Anchor, Weather Anchor
List any additional major(s) or minor(s) you had at USC. What impact have they had on your career?:
I did a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and B.Sc. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. That extra health emphasis allows me to report science/medical stories with confidence. Producers also know that they can turn to me to cover these stories, without needing the extensive background some other reporters might require.
What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:
Work your hardest, always. Go the extra mile, always. You know the people in your classes or even at ATVN who only do what's required. Strive to be better than that and to produce the best product possible. Ask for feedback from people you trust but also learn to take everything with a grain of salt. Make contacts and stay in touch with them.
One more thing: Watch the news! If there are any reporters or anchors who you think are excellent, make a habit of tuning in regularly. It's astounding what a positive influence it can have.
What should graduates keep in mind when negotiating their first job?:
Know your worth! Yes, it's a rough economy and yes, there are a lot of people in this industry looking for jobs. But walk in knowing what you have to offer. Are you a trained one man band? Are you an excellent editor? Are you social media and blog savvy?
How frequently do you post material on the Web throughout the day? What kind of content do you post (including articles, photos, slide shows, videos, blog entries, links, etc.)? :
Social media and the web is such a big part of what we do. Like at ATVN, when reporters finish editing a story here, we have to post a text version to the web immediately. All of us have Twitter and Facebook accounts that we are expected to regularly post to and maintain.
Which software programs do you use at your current job? including newsroom software/editing software/content management system:
iNews, FinalCut Pro
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