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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Trina Orlando

Class of 2006, Bachelor's

I started out at WJET/WFXP in Erie as the morning and noon anchor.  After 2.5 years there, I got hired as the Westmoreland County Bureau Chief at KDKA in Pittsburgh.


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

Writing, Meeting Deadlines, Making Contacts

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Executive Producer, Producer, News/Weather Anchor, Reporter, Director, Technical Director, Camera, Playback…

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

It’s the real deal… you just don’t get paid for it.

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

J402, J403 and internships were important too.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

I’ve gotten both of the jobs I’ve had by being in the right place at the right time.  I think the key is being ready when the opportunity comes up.

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

There won’t be much negotiating.  If you don’t want the job, someone else will.  Just make sure you know what you are signing.  Don’t take a job you don’t want hoping it will get better as you go.

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