Journalism Class Tours WLIO-TV

By Kara Brown, Jenna Gonzales, Kelsey Kirkendall, and Heather Pickrell

Originally Published: May 14, 2013

The journalism class recently took a field trip to WLIO television station in Lima. We went on a tour of the station and learned what people do there on a day-to-day basis. We interviewed different employees of the station to get a better look at their jobs in the news industry.

Kara Brown interviewed Julian Teekaram, an anchor for the news station. We learned that in order to acquire a job as an anchor, you need a journalism degree and knowledge of telecommunication in today’s world of broadcasting. We also were told that if you want to become an anchor, you cannot be shy and you must have a confident attitude in this career.

Jenna Gonzales interviewed Stacey Cook, videographer for WLIO. We learned that a bachelor’s degree in photography and several years of job shadowing are helpful in getting a job in videography. Ms. Cook stated that she enjoys her job because nothing’s the same; each day is different because of the different stories she covers. She also likes her job because she has the opportunity to meet new people. She has had the chance to do extensive traveling in addition to meeting such people as Kent Boyd and Hugh Downs.

Heather Pickrell interviewed the news director, Terry Johns. He says that his favorite thing about his job is the fact that he does the same thing everyday, but they put it together differently from day to day. He said that a lot of work goes into a single broadcast, and a lot of cooperation ad understanding is needed to make it work.

Lillian Haukali interviewed Bryan Schneider, at meteorologist at WLIO. He has been a meteorologist since 1998, and although he took a four-year break, he is back now.  He said that to get a job in his field, a person needs to have a four-year college degree.  Although a lot of colleges don’t offer degrees in meteorology, he was able to earn his from the University of North Dakota.

The journalism class learned a lot and had a great time on their field trip to the WLIO station.  We were able to attend a live broadcast of Noon Edition and check out the equipment that these journalists use to keep the community informed. Thanks to everyone at WLIO for being so willing to answer questions for this article!