Local Reporter Provides Insight Into the World of Journalism

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Speaker Byron Scott calmly waits for his opportunity to speak. Photo by: Brian Baublitz Jr. / TU Student

If you weren’t able to attend the class when Byron Scott spoke to the Mass Communication students, then you missed out on golden opportunity.

The current anchor/reporter for CTV News in Prince George’s County and broadcast journalism teacher at Towson covered a wide variety of topics from what an aspiring reporter should expect to the fact that it is likely that beginners in the field might have to move a lot during the early stages of their careers.

Sophomore Ariana Nasatka wasn’t too fond of this news while listening to his speech. “I didn’t realize how much traveling and movement the process called for early in our careers,” Nasatka said, “I’ve never lived outside of my house in Baltimore my entire life, so the possibility of having to move multiple times is a little frightening.”

While finding a job in this market can be tedious, Mass Communication majors seem to have a more difficult time than others. Once a job is found however, it is no time to become complacent. A great reporter must always be striving to improve upon the last day’s performance and keeping their writing skills up-to-date.

On-air presence is something that must be learned through first-hand experience and is a big factor in looking professional once you go live in front of thousands of people. This technique may take a couple rough outings and some bumps in the road before the feeling of being in front of a camera becomes second nature.

Being out in the field with little time to prepare can be a challenge for even the most veteran reporters and the variety of stories one might cover can be staggering. “You might interview a crime victim one day and The President the next,” Scott said.

One of these challenges will test your ability to suppress emotions as gory scenes and grieving loved ones are just a few of the many difficult scenarios that will pull at your heart strings. Interviewing these downtrodden loved ones or a recently released criminal can prove to be a daunting task when they need to be interviewed but will not cooperate. Only a minority of interviewees will refuse to speak as 9.9 times out of 10 they will respond with some kind of useable quote.

Many students left the room with lifted spirits and cheerful voices as the light-hearted Scott constantly relaxed the students with his constant humor. Everyone who left that speech knew that they walked away with valuable knowledge to further their education in the field. “I will apply everything I heard towards my progress in the Communication field,” Nasatka said, “He really helped me discover the true reality of the situation and how serious the broadcasting business has become.”

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