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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Christine Borrmann

Class of 2011, Bachelor's


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

1. Writing: no matter what type or facet of journalism you aspire to go into, being a solid, accurate, and quick writer will make you a huge asset to any team
2. Being a one-man band: all of the skills you have will make you that much more valuable as a journalist
3. Web and social media: journalism is quickly moving this direction...start Tweeting now!

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Producer, Director, Technical Director, MJ, Audio Operator, Sports Department Volunteer

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN gave me the opportunity to get real-life, hands-on experience in so many aspects of journalism.  From the news philosophy, to the drive to go after stories, to the software we used, ATVN is comparable with the real world.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Do as much as you can, try every position, and get the most out of the endless opportunities that USC has to offer.  What you can learn from the program, the teachers, and the entire ATVN team will become invaluable after graduation.

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

Go after the job you want, and don't be afraid to sell your skill set to future employers.  Reach out to ATVN alumni (we want to help!), and stay positive throughout the job hunting process (and once you get the job, too; a smile gets you further!) 

Don't be afraid to move to a new city, or work the overnight shift :)

Top 10 Pieces of Advice

April 29, 2011

Producing is the most demanding position in the newsroom, but also the most rewarding.

Producing: what it’s all about

April 22, 2011

Reflecting on the lessons learned in the past four months as a producer

USC medical center emergency room renamed

April 21, 2011

Emergency room named to honor former chair of the Keck School of Medicine

See Dog…Say Dog

April 15, 2011

Communication is key to ensure the video matches the script

The Social Media Takeover

April 8, 2011

The social media craze has already taken off, and journalists should be the first to jump on board.

The show must go on

April 1, 2011

Having a plan B in your back pocket is crucial, but communicating about it is perhaps even more important.

Panel addresses potential of NFL stadium

March 31, 2011

AEG and Majestic Reality Company representatives were among those who voiced support

We’ll do it live!

March 25, 2011

With every live shot comes a variety of challenges; how do you hope for the best and prepare for the...

USC students react to disaster

March 11, 2011

USC students from Japan talk about their concern for their families

Health officials kick off fresh air dining campaign

March 3, 2011

Starting Tuesday, smoking in outdoor dining areas will be illegal

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