Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo
Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: December 16, 2010
Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo
PLNU Communication Graduates Work the Job Market
One of the largest challenges for graduates these days is the current job market. However some recent PLNU graduates from the Communication and Theatre Department landed careers that have put them on the path to success.
Katie Conner, a 2010 broadcast journalism graduate picked up a job with KTVL-10 in Medford, OR following a networking opportunity at a convention in Las Vegas, NV.
“I had met the KTVL-10 News Director at the BEA convention in Vegas and I called in May to get advice about my demo tape,” said Conner. “I literally had two days to find a plane ticket and fly up to Oregon for the interview.”
According to Conner she said the first step in preparing for her future started with her classes at Point Loma because they taught her the fundamentals of broadcast news.
“Honestly the class which helped the most was Dr. Greer’s portfolio class. It forced me to put together my tape, early,” said Conner. “Also, my internships and shadowing professionals in the field, before entering it myself, taught me more than I realized.”
Like many graduates, Conner discovered the key to success in getting that first job in broadcasting.
“I recommend for students looking for positions to network! The industry is small and you need to plug yourself in somewhere and meet people,” said Conner. “Also, be willing to take an incredibly small salary because that’s all you’ll be offered.”
Conner is not the only 2010 graduate to be offered an anchor position. Kyle Stanley, a 2010 media communications graduate accepted a job as a sports anchor for KKCO-NBC 11 News in Grand Junction, CO. He reports for local sports three times a week, and anchors sports every Saturday and Sunday.
“I was hired through my internship at KNSD-NBC 7/39 in San Diego,” said Stanley. “The current Sports Director here at KKCO used to intern at KNSD, so he was my tie to the job.”
Stanley is the creator of NBC San Diego’s weekend college sports show, College Sports Desk. He picked up on television techniques during his time with the show and in classes.
“My TV workshop class prepared me the most because it taught me to produce a sports show and helped me with my on-camera skills,” said Stanley. “But most of my experience came from the College Sports Desk internship.”
The job came to Stanley right before graduation, which is pretty rare for students about to enter the real world. He recommends that current seniors begin making their audition tape so it will be ready to be sent out by April—just before they graduate. He also suggests that juniors get an internship to take advantage of all the resources available to them.
“A professional looking tape and resume goes a long way,” said Stanley.
Along with recent media communication and broadcast journalism graduates, past graduates continue to do well. Sherene Ebrahimi, a 2009 broadcast journalism graduate, works as a Client Services Representative at NBC San Diego. She works in the Sales and Traffic Department and helps manage television and online advertising campaigns for local clients.
After interning with NBC San Diego for two semesters she was hired. Ebrahimi took it upon herself to meet with a few managers at the station to talk about future job possibilities.
“Nothing was open at the time, they promised to keep me in mind... and then a job opened up one week before graduation,” said Ebrahimi. “I spent finals week in the office training, and started the Monday after graduation. So much for a summer break!”
PLNU classes gave Ebrahimi the proper hands-on experience she needed to succeed in the business. With small class sizes, she had ample exposure to TV and radio equipment and had a chance to develop on camera talent.
“It was like I had a personal coach in each of my interests, and I was fully equipped to take on the real world upon graduation because of it,” said Ebrahimi.
Ebrahimi just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Her work has spanned station-wide, from news, to sales, traffic and marketing. As an NBC employee, she has been able to partner with influential people in the field. She suggests that students not underestimate the work you put into today because it affects tomorrow.
“Keep your eyes on the prize!” said Ebrahimi. “Don't forget to network, it really does matter.”
For more media communication and broadcast journalism graduate information please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu and Clark Greer at ClarkGreer@pointloma.edu.