Friday, June 26, 2009

Your GPA doesn't mean a thing

Many of you have just graduated from college. And that means you'll have to head out into the cold cruel world where you don't get a spring break and mom doesn't do your laundry.

As Bruce Willis would say, "Welcome to the party, pal."

I'm always tickled that young people put their grade point averages on their resume. While it is nice to have a transcript filled with A's & B's, in the world of television news this piece of paper will never be seen. You could be the valedictorian of your class, but if you don't have a decent tape you won't find a job. News Directors will always hire someone who has an internship and some street experience at a college station than someone who has been a student of "television news theory" and doesn't know one end of a camera from the other.

The only thing that matters is that you got a degree. No one cares how you got it, but they do care what you did while in college. If you worked as an anchor on the college television station, great. If you wrote for the college newspaper, terrific. But if you knocked out nothing but term papers, it doesn't matter.

If you're still in college, make sure you spend whatever time you have left doing something away from the books. Get an internship. Work at every college media facility. Get some hands on experience.

Trust me, most people learn more in their first month at a television station than in four years of college.

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