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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Kristen Reeves

Class of 2003, Bachelor's

After graduating from USC, Kristen started working as a freelance entertainment reporter for Orange County TV.  She also picked up producing jobs with other companies such WireImage Video and Celebrity Footage.  Recently she has been seen on and interviewing celebrities and up and coming musicians.  She is still working as a freelance reporter for numerous companies and websites.
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What are the top three skills journalism students should learn in college?:

Know how to write, edit, and produce.

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Reporter, graphics designer

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN prepared me immensely for my current jobs.  Knowing how to edit, write, and produce your own packages gives you a leg up on the competition. 

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Make things happen on your own.  Don’t wait for things to come to you because you will be waiting a long time.

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

Offer to do it all and be a one man team.

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