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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Erica Simmons

Class of 2003, Bachelor's


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

Active writing, quick writing, and accuracy.

What were your duties at ATVN? :

News Writer, Reporter, News Producer

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN helped me to write quickly, understand what it’s like to be in the field, and make quick decisions in the control room.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Decide what being a journalist means to you, and don’t let others sway you from doing what you know is right.

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

Remember, contracts only really protect the company; not the person who’s signing it.  And, be confident in your own abilities.

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