Class Recap: Tanner Cahner & Kyle Grablen

Tanner Cahner is a former student of UNO and now works as a producer for KETV. In the spring of 2013 Tanner took media storytelling one at the end of his broadcasting degree. Tanner had a lot of background before taking the class so that helped him in the class. The stories he wrote in school he used for his portfolio to find jobs after graduating. Tanner always wanted to do something in television so during his college education he interned at KETV. After Graduating Tanner got a job at the ABC affiliate in Kearney.

Tanner said when working in a small station a reporter does everything from recording video and audio to editing. You want to be an employee that can get out and do everything. You always need to be ready for anything because you will never know what you will be doing. Tanner now works as a producer instead of a reporter, but he doesn’t prefer one to the other. By taking classes in college we are getting the basis of all the stuff we need to know. Tanner said we should take our assignments seriously and make them as best as possible because they will help us get jobs later on in our career.

Kyle Grablen is a Meteorologist and does reporting for the station as well. He moved from Connecticut and had never taken a journalism class in his entire life. Kyle said internships are very important. When you have an internship you want to be engaged and ask questions. Internships will help you get a career once you graduate. A reel is basically everything. Your grades don’t matter as much as your confidence and writing. YouTube links are huge because that is free instead of purchasing VHS tapes to send out to channels. When making a reel you want to stand out.

When you do get your first job in television it is not going to pay anything. Kyle made $20,000 a year for his first job. The first jobs you take are all about getting experience and to do as many things as you can. Getting your foot in the door is the hardest things, because there are so many people wanting the same jobs as you. A small station usually has ten reporters and a large station usually has 20 to 25. Kyle has been in the business for 8 years and he loves the people he meets but it is a hard career field. Television expanding to digital the landscape is changing. Those who are one trick ponies are going by the waist side.



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