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If Jacob Hall and Yamile Mendez are any indication, TV news still has hopes of attracting ambitious and optimistic newcomers to the business.
Hall is a senior at Kansas State University’s A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Mendez is a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington. Both plan to graduate in December with wide-eyed hopes for their futures in an industry they see as still being relevant and adaptable.
In this week’s Talking TV conversation, TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with Hall and Mendez, along with Broadcast Education Association Executive Director Heather Birks, about how today’s j-school students see TV news and their place in it.
Episode transcript below, edited for clarity.
Michael Depp: We hear a lot about how difficult it’s been to recruit new journalism school graduates into the TV news industry, how the bloom is off the rose for those students and how TV doesn’t have the allure it once did. How do journalism students see the industry? What leverage do they see for themselves in pursuing their first jobs? Giving TV’s growing labor needs. What do they see as TV news’ future?
I’m Michael Depp, editor of TVNewsCheck, and this is Talking TV, the podcast that brings you smart conversations about the business of broadcasting. Today, that conversation is with two journalism school students and Heather Birks, executive director of the Broadcast Education Association. We’ll be talking about TV news and its future through their eyes, a conversation that those