Ashlynn Worley: News Producer, KOAA TV
What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job?
I’ve found that producing allows you to showcase your creativity and have a say about the show as a whole. But it can be stressful…breaking news situations, reporters not meeting deadlines, etc.. You just learn to adjust and my advice – always have a back up plan!
How do I use various communication proficiencies in my work?
Learning AP Style has been a life saver! I use basic producing skills every day. I have to keep the pacing of the show, while stacking stories that flow well together, write conversationally, hit my quarter hours, and that’s just scratching the surface. Multi-tasking and setting deadlines for yourself is important.
What surprised me about my career?
What surprised me is how much of what I do actually impacts peoples lives. They count on us as journalists to make their voices heard and what we do really does make a difference. I also am surprised at how much I care about this community after living and working here for three years.
Here’s my number one piece of advice for Communication undergrads:
Don’t limit yourself! Take chances! I can honestly say in this business you always have room to grow. So just because you have little experience right now, don’t worry because you will build on what you’ve learned.
When it comes to applying for a job, what helped you the most?
My answer would be get involved as much as you can whether it be through QUTV, working at local stations, or taking advantage of an opportunity to network. I initially accepted a position that was part-time digital and weekend producing. That wasn’t my ultimate goal but I worked my way up. So keep that in mind as you look at places and positions to apply for. Also, don’t be afraid to ask Nora Baldner and Jim Lawrence for help, they are amazing!
Class year: 2019