The Best Advice I Ever Got

Ever read this book? You should.

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I’m no Katie Couric. I’m just the new girl in news trying to survive. But I’m learning what I can about success, ethics, and tricks of the trade. I’m keeping a running tab (really just for my own record).  You’re lucky I’m not making you pay for my intern wisdom.

Here it goes…

“The best advice I ever got – Intern edition.”  

1.)  Show them something they’ve seen before in a way they’ve never seen it. Tell them something they’ve heard before in a way they’ve never heard it.

                                             -Jack Hirschfield, previously Reporter at KTBC, Austin, TX

2.)  See with your ears first.

                                             -Jack Nolder, Photographer at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

3.)  Be careful who you get your advice from. Not everyone all the time has your best interest in mind.

                                             -Nadia Crow, 4pm Anchor, Salt Lake City, UT

4.)  No matter what you do, don’t lose your integrity, ethics, and kindness to others. In the long run it will get you farther.

                                             -Mariana Jacob, Reporter at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

5.)  Leave your personal life at the door of the station and leave your work at the exit. It’s okay to turn it off when you go home.

                                             -Matt Brincefield, Photographer at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

6.)  If you want to be successful don’t get married…even if you have to avoid men at all costs.

                                             -Chris Earl, Reporter and Weekend Anchor at KCRG-TV9 News, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.)  This business will make you go mad if you let every sad story get to your heart. Sometimes you can’t be in the story…you just have to tell it.

                                             -Rick Montanez, Reporter at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

8.)  Sound is the real key to hooking your viewers, not visuals.

                                             -Kyle Sleichter, Editor at KCRG-TV9 News, Cedar Rapids, IA

9.)  If you are going to shoot a stand up, show us something. Demonstrate something that can’t be seen without the reporter in the picture. Don’t just stand in the frame to be on TV

                                             -Forrest Saunders, Reporter at KCRG-TV9 News, Cedar Rapids, IA

10.)  Don’t mess with the hazmat team. They will scrub you down and make you put on a suit.

                                             -Nadia Crow, 4pm Anchor in Salt Lake City, UT
11.)  If you are in the news to be on TV, get out. You have to love it. It’s a lot of work, it doesn’t pay well, and it has a way of stealing your holidays. I think her exact words in 2008 when I came to shadow were, “You look all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed…you realize this doesn’t pay well?”

                                             -Beth Malicki, Anchor at KCRG-TV9 News, Cedar Rapids, IA

12.) At the end of the day, it’s just news. So thank God you’re not a brain surgeon.

                                             -Stephanie Stone, Reporter at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

13.) Don’t pull up behind kids in unmarked news cars. They’ll run…screaming “stranger, danger” all the way home.

                                             -Nadia Crow, Anchor in Salt Lake City, UT

14.) In summary – get thick skin and a big smile.

                                             -Amanda Venegas, AM Live Reporter at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

15.) Always collect more info than you need. You’re the expert for the day and the expert better know the answer if the boss asks.

                                            -Stephanie Stone, Reporter at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

16.) News personalities are big…don’t let your ego get the best of you.

                                            -Socrates Lozano, Photographer at ABC30 Action News

17.) You can learn from anybody. You’re only hurting yourself if you think you’re too good to learn from even the worst reporter. Everybody will teach you something.

                                            -Socrates Lozano, Photographer at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

18.) Morning TV is not easy, contrary to popular belief, but it’s the best way to show your personality on camera.

                                            -Amanda Venegas, AM Live Reporter at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

19.) “Honey, start saving money now.”

                                            -Amanda Venegas, AM Live Reporter at ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

20.) The real trick to being a good story teller is using active verbs, writing to VO, and hooking your audience – sometimes with a good laugh.

                                            -Dale Yurong, Reporter, ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

21.) Treat everyone in the newsroom – from the janitors to the lead anchors – with the same respect.

                                            -Liz Harrison, Anchor, ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

22.) Don’t take yourself too seriously, and know that God has the ultimate plan for you.

                                             -Liz Harrison, Anchor, ABC30 Action News, Fresno, CA

23.) Learn to laugh at yourself. Keep your eyes open. You never know where your next story might show up.

                                           -Jonathan Petramala, KRDO, Colorado Springs, CO

2 thoughts on “The Best Advice I Ever Got

  1. I love this. I wish there was a stronger word than “love” to describe my feelings toward this page. I also can imagine Nadia’s voice saying those quotes, I think I got very similar advice from her!

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