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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Jennifer Kendall

Class of 2012, Master's


Where did you work before, and what jobs did you do?:

KTXS News in Abilene, Texas. I started as a reporter/photographer at KTXS. I was on-call photographer overnight on weekends and shot everything for our weekend newscasts. I also worked as a fill-in anchor on weekends and mornings. 

What new skills do you think journalists need? :

It's so important to get experience shooting and editing. Writing is and always will be important, but more and more stations are looking for multimedia journalists and you will move up much faster if you have that experience.

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

Write, shoot, edit. I seriously can't emphasize this enough. Write for the web too, not just broadcast. 

What were your duties at ATVN? :

News Anchor, Reporter

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN taught me all the fundamentals and got me used to turning stories under tight deadlines. Because I worked at ATVN I had some idea what to do at my first job.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Don't give up. Stay competitive. Work as hard as you can. One day it will all pay off. 

Describe your typical workday including assignments, workload and deadlines.:

Everyday I turn a package and at least one vo/sot (usually more than one). I also shoot a looklive package for the morning show. Then I write a web story, and tease it on twitter and facebook. 

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