|Hokie Alum Sticks Around to Report
Interview with Mike Gangloff, The Roanoke Times
by isha mehmood
May 3, 2006
PB: Which type of news is your favorite—news, features, editorials, everything?
Gangloff: A little bit of everything. I’ve never really done a whole lot of editorial writing, I’ve written columns, which I guess lean in that direction. What I like to write is sort of a mix of the traditional news and features in that I really like to explore personality, explore motivation and character, why people do what they do. But I wanted to also have some urgency and immediacy to give the reader so I wanted to be tied to events or issues that typically would be described as news.
Roanoke Freelancer Teaches Through Photography
Q. What would you say is your favorite thing about your job?
Klein-Davis: The diversity of the assignments. Everyday I meet somebody new and everyday I go somewhere different. It’s a continuous education, and I love the creative aspect; I can photograph in whatever style I want.
Crawford: The drop out rate is higher in this profession, I can guarantee you, than any other profession — even history. Its unbelievable how many students have degrees in broadcast journalism, but aren’t practicing that. It’s so difficult. It’s difficult, but more importantly the weed-out to the business is: If you want this, you have to go to Bluefield, W.Va. …
I tell people this: If they call you, and you have a job offer for you, consider yourself lucky. Go in a heartbeat. Don’t second guess it, go. Because you have to get the skills you need in Hazard, Ky., before you work at ESPN. You have to learn the way its done in different places, take what works for you in each of those places and whether it ends up at ESPN or not, I say that anybody practicing anything.
Panthers Columnist Gets In-Depth
Q: Do think the organization should have kept the old number 87, Muhsin Muhammad?
Yasinskas: “No. I think that they were in cap situation where it was pretty much impossible to keep both he and Steve Smith...”
Q: When did you realize that you wanted to work in journalism? Broadcasting?
McWilliams: I realized when the editor of the Hampden-Sydney newspaper … a guy by the name of Lee Rice, told me that he wanted me to stay one night when the editors were finishing up the newspaper. He told me years later … he was also my roommate in Krakow … that he knew from the beginning that he wanted me to be the editor when I was a senior. So I guess I knew I wanted to take journalism seriously when I got that first little bit of encouragement from Lee. Broadcasting, on the other hand, just fell into my lap.
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|Interview with Brian Q. Silver
Voice of America, Urdu Chief
by Komal Mahkdoom
April 30, 2006
His response to a request for an interview was the question “How long would it take?” Rushing through broadcast schedules and running in and out of recording studios, Brian
Q. Silver almost never has the time to actually be at his office seat.
This radio broadcaster grew in the industry through experience and hard work, and now finds himself as news director. The network contains four local stations, including ESPN Radio and Cruzin’ 101.3, but Holmes works mostly with Fox News Radio.
Q: Because NASCAR has gained so much popularity over the years, do you find it more difficult to get one on one interviews with the drivers?
Pearce: “Used to be, you could walk up to anybody on any team and just start shooting the breeze about anything. Now, with so many fans in the pits and garage and hanging around, looking for autographs, drivers stay in their haulers more than ever. They're usually good if you can get to 'em, but getting to 'em sometimes takes making an appointment and hoping the guy shows up. It's definitely harder than it used to be. After a race, most drivers change clothes as quickly as they can and get out of town. If you're not right there when they come in, you're probably not going to get 'em.”
National Public Radio refers to him as the “King of Grassroots.” Fortune magazine has referenced him as the “guru” of grassroots. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have even gone so far to say that he is the “pioneer” of the grassroots effort respectively. So who is this man of so many titles? He is Jack Bonner, president and founder of Bonner and Associates, a ground-breaking grassroots lobbying firm located in Washington, D.C.
Q: What are some of the qualities you look for in a new hire?
Anderson: Eagerness. Passion. Willingness to do stuff. Pretty much anything. A lot of times it involves maybe doing some grunt stuff. A lot of times I just look for somebody that’s excited to do it, looking forward to working in this field.
Q: Is the evening news your favorite time of day,because I know you have reported different times in the day?
Ciara: This is my favorite time. I’m a vampire, my husband calls me a vampire. He can’t stay up. I’ll go home, I wont go to bed before 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. You know I leave here at midnight, I’m still up, TiVo, you know I’m watching, then I’ll get up early and start doing CNN and MSNBC, FOX News, blah, blah, blah. You know I’ve been a news junkie for such a long time that that shift suits me.
J. Todd Foster is the managing editor for The News Virginian, a city newspaper in Waynesboro, Va. Previously he worked for People magazine and other larger papers, but has since directed his talents as a writer and reporter to transforming this local paper into an award-winning media institution. Recently Foster sat down to a personal interview in his office to discuss his start, success, and passion for journalism.
|Interview with Heather of Hot 100.7
by Casandra Lyon
October 4, 2006
Well, radio is exactly like being an actor. You can potentially get lucky and meet someone and fall into it, or you can work really hard and try to get into it. It’s like acting in other ways too. When you’re applying for a job, you’re applying to be cast for something. You could have a résumé a mile long and not be what they want. So it’s kind of hit or miss when you’re rejected, the rejection is not that bad because if you’re a girl and they want a guy, you’re not going to get it so don’t feel bad about it.
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