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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Joel Zink

Class of 2008, Bachelor's

I worked on ATVN for a year while concurrently taking a position at Trojan Vision as Station Operations. From there I went on to an engineering internship at KCET and then broadcast IT management at KTLA.


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

Get involved in a variety of activities, not just the most glamorous ones. Take a look behind the scenes, that is where some of the most interesting things happen.

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Fall 2004- Graphics Artist
Spring 2005- Graphics Artist, Editor
Fall 2004- Spring 2007: Trojan Vision Station Operations (in charge of flipping the switch to turn on ATVN smile )

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN was a part of my initial voyage into television production. ATVN gave me a view into the workings of a television newsroom. 

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Every job counts. Even the The experience at ATVN showed me that even though I was not a W/S/E I had a role in the final project that I could be proud of.

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