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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Talia Bluth

Class of 2003, Bachelor's


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

Networking—All together now, “it’s not what you know, but who you know”
Initiative—Everyone loves a go-getter
Writing—You can’t argue with a great writer

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Writer, Weather Anchor, News Anchor, Producer

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN gave me a model for how to function in a working newsroom. I got to learn how various positions interacted and contributed to the final product. I also got a chance to try everything out to see what was the best fit for me.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

First and foremost, know that there are few glamorous jobs in journalism. Be prepared to work overnights, overtime and over the weekend. This is not just something people say, this is the truth. On that note, remember that it doesn’t matter where you came from. Everyone needs to earn their place. Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom. It will only make the climb up more enjoyable.

Oh yeah, and learn something about the web. It is no longer a bonus, it is expected. Journalism is not what it used to be. Stay flexible and you will stay employed.

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

Respect yourself, but also remember this is just the start. Don’t expect too much. 

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