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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Tamara Garton McDermott

Class of 2000, Bachelor's

Broadcast Journalism Teacher

2000-2003 KPAX-TV CBS Missoula, MT
Morning Anchor, Producer, Reporter (one man band)


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

-Keep up to date on current news and events.
-Be professional (dress, social networking websites, communication etc...)

What were your duties at ATVN? :

News Anchor, Reporter

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN gave me hands on experience in both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. I was also able to use the equipment and professors to put together a resume tape landing me a job within a month of graduating from USC.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Don’t let anyone stop you from reaching your dreams! Complete as many internships as you can especially ones in your hometown. Also, contact alumni for connections!

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

-Job duties
-length of contract (outs)

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