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Cronkite Summer Journalism Institute 2012

Unknown Jobs at ABC 15

Behind-the-scenes areas of the ABC15 station. (photograph by Cassidy Trowbridge)

On June 14, 2012, the participants at the 2012 Cronkite Summer Journalism Institute visited the television station, ABC 15. They toured the whole station and met some of the staff members and anchors. Tara was their guide during the event. A multitude of people work at the station, and sometimes certain jobs done behind camera are not known, but are very important.

“We are always monitoring other stations to make sure they don’t beat us on news,” Tara said as she shows them a station in which they view live events in different parts of the world.

Unfortunately, this job isn’t always mentioned in public. It may be overlooked compared to the “faces of the station” who stand in front of the camera. Even though some jobs do not require people to stand in front of the camera, it does not lessen the importance of their job.

“I punch in all the graphics,” Chris said, one of the staff members that controls what goes on air. It takes almost an army of people to make one show or broadcast look amazing on air. They also had a chance to meet Steve Irvin, who is a news anchor at ABC 15.

“One of the things we are doing is expanding our website,” Irvin said.  In addition to broadcast journalism, newspapers have been greatly affected because of the increase in technology.

“If you get a taste of this now and you love it, go for it,” Irvin encourages. Choosing a career is important in one’s life, and in order to find the perfect job, one must be extremely passionate. It was clear to see that all the staff members at ABC 15 were as passionate as their love for news.

– Pamela Mancilla, Staff Reporter

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