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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Subha Ravindhran

Class of 2001, Bachelor's

I started anchoring and reporting at ATVN my freshman year at USC in 1998, which was also the start-up year for the program. When I graduated in December of 2001, I thought I would be applying for jobs for a while, but within a month I landed a position as a general assignment reporter at KAMR-NBC4 in Amarillo, Market 128.  It was a great experience. I was going live almost every day.  Within eight months, I was promoted to the night-side position and was able to gather some great material for my second resume tape.  Within a year I was asked to join the ABC 30 Action News team in Fresno.  This station is owned and operated by the ABC Network and also works closely with its sister stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I hope to be in San Francisco within a couple of years, and from there, who knows where life will take me!


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

1. How to enterprise - Your first job will usually be in a small market and that means almost every day is a slow news day. 

2. How to build contacts - Developing good relations with community leaders, administrators and commissioners will always make it easier to get the story. 

3. How to write clearly, concisely, and under deadline - There will be times when you have just twenty minutes to write a story or ten minutes to write a live shot. This is probably the most important skill to learn.

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Anchor, Reporter, Producer

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN taught me how to deal with deadlines, edit and write a story from start to finish.

List any additional major(s) or minor(s) you had at USC. What impact have they had on your career?:

Shadowing local reporters during an internship at KABC in Los Angeles prepared me to deal with deadlines, write a story and put together a live shot.

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