Ron Heaney ‘15
I work at a television station in Nebraska. We're called NTV, and our call letters are KHGI for ABC, KFXL for FOX. I'm the assignment manager. My typical day consists of collaborating with reporters and producers on what stories to cover in a given day. That's after a few hours digging through various social media platforms, local newspapers and radio stations, and reading through police reports and press releases. Not to sound cliché but no 2 days are the same. One day might be spent scrambling reporters to get reaction from people about their insurance potentially being cut, the next is literally on a farm talking to farmers about how too much rain is bad for a crop. The news we cover here is very regional and local, so it's not your typical sort of news cycle.
My time at William Paterson really prepared me for what a real newsroom setting would be like. Luckily I had some amazing professors that gave me a deep understanding of what the day to day operations are like in this industry. They also gave me a sobering look at the job field, and would stress the notion that if you really want to work in this industry you have to be willing to move where the job is.
Working on a professional level studio at Willy P, along with tools and equipment on par or better than industry standard, made the transition from classroom to newsroom easier. In the next 5 years I can imagine my career going in several different directions. I would take the chance to be a News Director or Station Manager if the opportunity presented itself. I will also be keeping a close eye on government communications jobs, the benefits are nice and it's never too early to start thinking about retirement.
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My time at William Paterson really prepared me for what a real newsroom setting would be like.