The Cronkite Broadcast Association hosted an event in the First Amendment Forum at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Wednesday, featuring local television station professionals as panelists. The event was moderated by the school’s director of high school journalism programs Anita Luera who asked the panelists questions about what a career in the broadcast journalism industry entails. Those in attendance were also invited to ask the panel questions regarding their careers.
The panelists included the following local television professionals: Katie Raml (ABC 15 news anchor and Cronkite alumna), Traci Scott (3TV director of sales), Ed Munson (KPHO-TV general manager), Heather Gray (12 News director of programming and marketing) and Steve Levi (FOX 10 senior executive producer).
Advice for Cronkite students ranged from “Don’t shy away from internships and volunteer opportunities even if they aren’t what you want to go into” to “Be willing to move or you’re going to have to be patient. In smaller markets, you can make more mistakes that you are more likely to get away with.” Panelists Katie Raml and Steve Levi are both Cronkite alumni and assured current Cronkite students that career opportunities will arise. The night concluded with a meet-and-greet amongst the panelists and student attendees.