The value of networking

Last week, the Department of Journalism and the Department of Telecommunications hosted several news professionals. They talked about industry-related issues and gave tips on how to snag your first job. As you know from my last blog post, any job-hunting advice is very important to me!

March 10-16 is called “Sunshine Week.” It celebrates the freedom to access public records. On Wednesday, Bob Segall, a senior investigative reporter at WTHR-TV, and John Russell, an investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Star, shared their experiences with accessing public records. They showed examples of stories that have resulted from those records.

Bob Segall, a senior investigative reporter at WTHR-TV, and John Russell, an investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Star, spoke to a packed lecture hall on Wednesday evening. (Photo courtesy of John Strauss)

Thursday’s presentation was all about landing your first job. Rick Gevers, president of the Indianapolis-based talent agency Rick Gevers and Associates, and Scott Hums, a 2004 Ball State telecommunications alumnus and digital director at WISH-TV, spoke about the value of networking with people in the media industry. They also reminded us to be conscientious of what is said on social media, and encouraged everyone to take advantage of student media opportunities here at Ball State.

Rick Gevers, president of the Indianapolis-based talent agency Rick Gevers and Associates, and Scott Hums, a 2004 BSU TCOM alumnus and digital director at WISH-TV, visited on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of John Strauss)

Attending events like this are really important, especially when the speakers are in the field that you want to get into. It’s a great opportunity to learn more and network.

Having interesting speakers visit is one of the best parts of being a part of the journalism and telecommunications program here at Ball State. Take advantage of every opportunity like this that you can!

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