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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Michelle Rabinowitz

Class of 2005, Master's


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

Writing, writing and writing.  The fourth would also be writing.

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Producer, one time on-air reporter (never again).

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

As a producer at ATVN I had to manage a team.  Let's just say teamwork was never my strong point.  I had to reel in my temper, evaluate peoples' strengths and weaknesses in order to properly assign tasks and eat some humble pie from time to time.  I was working in a "real world" job while producing at ATVN, but I was a peon.  Learning how to write, encode and edit is important.  Learning to manage, however, is how you get the really good jobs.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Learn how to do everything.  More doors will open up for you and you will eventually make more money.    

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

Do not oversell yourself.  Employers are looking to invest in talent when they hire a young journalist.  Don't act as though you know everything.  

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