This website is part of the USC Annenberg Digital Archives. Read More

Annenberg TV News
    HOME |  STORIES |  SPORTS |  BLOGS |  NEWS TEAM |  ALUMNI |  ABOUT ATVN |  LINKS 
    SEEN ON ATVN   
 
 

Class of 2004

Photo of Alumni

Zeus Ayter

Associate Producer
Best Damn Sports Show Period, Fox Sports Net, Los Angeles, CA

[email protected]

Bio:

I graduated from USC in the summer of 2004.  I was lucky enough to stay in Los Angeles and work for the national FSN a few months after graduation.  And that’s where I am at this second in my life.

ATVN positions and duties:

Sports Director, Producer, Reporter, Writer/Shooter/Editor

How did ATVN prepare you for your current job?

The only reason I got my job was because of all the work I did at ATVN.  I came to the school as an eager, yet “green” freshman, and learned just about everything I know about sports journalism from ATVN.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?

WORK.  I know that you’re in college and it’s fun/crazy/hectic, but work.  And make sure you enjoy the work you’re doing at ATVN.  If you’re not loving every minute of the journalism experience you’re getting at ATVN, choose another major.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find another atmosphere as great to work in as ATVN.

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

1) Understand EVERY aspect of television journalism.  If you want to be on camera, still learn how to roduce/what goes into production (and vice versa).  Learn how to edit on the Avid machines.  Understand what every position in the studio is about.  Learn how to write and shoot.  Nobody’s going to decide you’re TOO qualified to work at their station.  2) Think outside the box.  Always try to be creative in what you’re doing.  You’ll learn the basics of writing a story/reporting/producing from the classes you’re in.  But what will make you stand out is how you incorporate your own creativity in telling these daily stories.  Always be thinking of a different angle to take on a generic story.  3) Go out and get your feet wet.  If you’re going to make mistakes in this business, what better place to make them than as a student at ATVN.  Volunteer for whatever you can at ATVN.  This isn’t a real textbook-based career.  You figure out what to do in this business through personal experience.  So get as many of those personal experiences you can while at ATVN.

What prepared you most for your current job?

Would simply saying ATVN be too corny?  It really was though.  I had three or four internships while at USC...and they were important.  But being in ATVN as much as possible and acquiring the skills (and resume tape material) there helped prepare me most for “the real world.”

Want to update your information? Let us know where you are.

« Back to Alumni



HOMELESS FOOD PROGRAM

Jamie Hersch

Web Exclusives

Photo of Alumni
Atish Baidya
Class of 2003
more details
Ari Meltzer
Shawn Chitnis
Ariana Duarte
Test_title1
Linda Siu
Click for Open House, anchor audition, and workshop times.

 
Copyright © 2008 ATVN
ATVN is made possible by the support & resources of the USC Annenberg School for Communication
Powered by pMachine's Expression Engine