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Class of 2000

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Tamara Garton McDermott

Broadcast Journalism Teacher
Missoula County Public Schools, Missoula, MT


Bio:

2000-2003 KPAX-TV CBS Missoula, MT
Morning Anchor, Producer, Reporter (one man band)

Awards:

Associated Press Award
National Press Foundation Fellow

ATVN positions and duties:

News Anchor

How did ATVN prepare you for your current job?

ATVN gave me hands on experience in both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. I was also able to use the equipment and professors to put together a resume tape landing me a job within a month of graduating from USC.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?

Don’t let anyone stop you from reaching your dreams! Complete as many internships as you can especially ones in your hometown. Also, contact alumni for connections!

What are the top three skills college journalism students should be working on in order to be prepared for their first broadcasting job?

-Writing
-Keep up to date on current news and events.
-Be professional (dress, social networking websites, communication etc...)

What is the most important thing a college journalist should know when he or she is trying to negotiate his or her first job?

-Job duties
-length of contract (outs)
-hours

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