Wednesday, April 18, 2007
THE PEON LIFE: CALLING ALL ADVISORS
Yesterday I received an e-mail from a student at the University of Michigan who wanted advice on the CNN VJ Program. (I'm telling you, I have a connection with Michigan these days. I'm getting my ass there soon for a visit.)
Here's what he wrote:
I came across your blog and wanted to know what your experience was like as a VJ. It didn't sound like the experience was that good. Would you recommend it to a college grad (2008)?
My main goal is to become a general assignment reporter. I'm a news assistant at a local station now and could probably move up to a reporter in a year. I know i don't need the CNN VJ thing. But it sounds like an interesting avenue...to make some good contacts for the future, anyway.
I gave him my advice, and asked if it was okay to post his e-mail to solicit answers from other former VJs.
So c'mon everybody. As reformed peons, we should pass along whatever knowledge we've gleaned from our CNN drudgery.
Plus, we are approaching graduation season, so let's offer up some solid information (or at least funny pearls of wisdom) to all the peons, Type-A producers, techie fatties, Teleprompter-reading drones, sarcastic directors and intrepid reporters of tomorrow...