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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Ali Jawad Kermalli

Class of 2007, Bachelor's

After graduating from USC in 2007, I began working as a Desk Assistant at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. After 8 months of logging, and working with reporters and producers, I moved within NBC News to Channel One News, a ten-minute daily education news broadcast that is televised directly into high schools. I stayed with Channel One News for three seasons, shooting, writing, editing and producing pieces while traveling nationwide. After reaching out to numerous contacts I've made through my work in New York, and applying to jobs on the website, I secured an interview and now job at Al Jazeera English.


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

Writing, storytelling, and news judgement. With those skills, you can really do anything in this field. Being able to find a story, and make it accessible to your viewer is what this job is all about.

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Executive Producer, Producer, Reporter, W/S/E

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN put me far ahead of my colleagues of similar ages right away. The skills taught and practiced at ATVN are the basics of television news production, and oftentimes, what works at ATVN will work at a professional news show.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

My two pieces of advice are pretty simple, but vital to the job: be curious, and be the absolute best writer you can be.

Don't forget why you do what you do. Stay true to what you want to do, whatever it is, and you'll be fine.


April 18, 2007

The Virginia Tech massacre triggers questions about gun control across the country


April 4, 2007

Ali Jawad Kermalli has more on a City Council decision that could help solve the heated battle between tenants and...


March 21, 2007

Ali Jawad Kermalli has more on the approval of a teacher strike that would affect students on Cal State University...


February 14, 2007

Ali Jawad Kermalli takes a look at the growing counter-culture to Valentine's Day

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