So You Want to Be On Air? Here’s What It Takes

So You Want to Be On Air? Here’s What It Takes

By Imani Burris

Some of Houston's on-air news anchors photographed by Terencia Lee.

Some of Houston’s on-air news anchors photographed by Terencia Lee.

A distinguished group of Houston’ s on-air journalists spoke to Texas Southern University communication students, faculty, and  staff on the second day of TSU’s  Communication Week.

The panel entitled “So You Want to Be on Air? Here’s What It Takes.”  was moderated by Sherry Williams of KHOU.  The panel included Khambrel Marshall of KPRC, and Ruben Dominguez and Isiah Carey of FOX 26.  Each shared brief biographies on how they came to be journalists and anchors, which allowed the audience to hear the varied paths that each panelist took to become a TV anchor. Then the floor was opened to questions.

The first question asked by a TSU student was, “what makes an intern stand out?”

“When you come in and exhibit the personality and attitude; I can do it; I want to do it; I want to learn. That’s a good way to do it,” Khambrel Marshall said.

Many of the other panelists’ replies to the question were similar to Marshall’s. They all are looking for similar characteristics of enthusiasm and perseverance in an intern in the news room.

Ruben Dominquez answers the question saying. “I always look for that desire, that passion, that drive. That’s what sticks out to me when we get interns.”

Sherry Williams then looked to the crowed and called on TSU librarian Ronald Keys. He had asked the panel to touch on the power of information, and how it will affect interns.

“Knowledge! Please know who is the president, know a couple of senators from the state of Texas. Know somebody besides Kim Kardashian and her sisters.” Sherry Williams said.

“When you walk in as an intern you have the opportunity to distinguish yourself by knowing what’s going on.” Khambrel Marshall further stated.

As technology evolves, so do media evolve. When the panelists were asked where they thought the technology of news gathering was headed. The consensus response was “mobile.”

“In the future everybody is going to consume just every single thing that they are interested in is going tobe coming off of some device in the palm of their hand.” Dominguez said.

In response to a question on an on-air reporter‘s relationship with the camera, Sherry Williams said, “The camera is distorted and blind, but what the camera does pick up is whether you are genuine.”

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