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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Jon Diaz

Class of 2005, Bachelor's


What were your duties at ATVN? :

Executive producer, producer, anchor, reporter, WSE, director, technical director, and playback.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Constantly strive to learn and improve.  Pick out the people who can really teach you something and make you better.  If you work at ATVN, look to Serena and Willa.  It wasn’t until I started working that I truly realized how much I learned from them and how much I still need them.

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

Be confident.  If you doubt yourself, that will show through.  Appearing sure in yourself and what you can do is half the battle.  The last question the news director asked me as I left the station after my interview was “Do you think you can do this job?” I think it was important to him that I be confident in the skills that I have.

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