1. BEING AN ENGLISH MAJOR
Journalism does not require a specific major. Journalism and communications seem like natural choices for people who want to go into this field. I majored in English because I loved to write and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Being an English major polished my writing skills which eventually helped me land my first paid gig in a newsroom writing for the morning show that I now anchor.
2. DOING THEATER
Being in front of a camera is not easy even if you’re outgoing like me. I did theater in high school, and I think it really gave me an edge when it came to feeling comfortable delivering the news. In a sense, we are performing. Doing theater made me even more comfortable in front of an audience.
3. NOT ALWAYS BEING INTERESTED IN NEWS
Yes, you read that right NOT being interested in news my entire life helped me succeed in news. There are people who will watch the news religiously no matter what is happening. There are others who only tune in when something grabs their attention or affects them. I always think about ways to make a non-news lover care about the story I am writing, and it helps me tell my story in the most relatable way possible.
4. WORKING FOR FREE
You’ve got to give something to get something. I gave up my time in exchange for experience. I did my first internship at CNN in the summer before my senior year of college. I wasn’t paid a dime, but I picked up skills that I still use today.
5. BEING LOW MAINTENANCE
I can roll with the punches, feel confident in a simple bun, and get over things easily. In the TV world, it has helped me get past my own mistakes and others. I get rained on during live shots, things go wrong behind the scenes in the studio, I stumble over my words…..there is so much that can go wrong during a live show. It’s important to get over things quickly and keep it moving.