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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Lisa Day

Class of 2003, Bachelor's


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

Grueling work ethic and meeting deadlines, living on low pay, and surviving without sleep

What were your duties at ATVN? :

producer, news writer, reporter

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN gave me the experience of working in TV news before getting out in the real world with the big dogs. 

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Know what you want to do, tell everyone what you want to do, then do it. and dream big.

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

Well there is no negotiation, it’s not like jouralism pays well, you’re lucky to get your first job, and yet, don’t be so eager and excited, be more relaxed, even jaded, like a seasoned professional.

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