Recap & Takeaways from Media Career Chats: Careers in News Reporting

This is a recording of the Media Career Chats: Careers in News Reporting. Watch to gain insights from IU alumni with careers in news reporting, an interactive panel organized by the Media School and the Walter Center for Career Achievement. Students engaged with IU alumni during an informative hour to learn how to manage life post graduation, find a job, and launch their career in news reporting.


Michele DeSelms, Community Strategy Manager – WOOD TV


Katie Mettler, Reporter – Washington Post

Sia Nyorkor, Weekend Anchor and Multi-Media Journalist – WOIO CBS Cleveland

Araceli Gomez – Aldana, Morning News Producer and News Reporter – WBEZ

Tips & Resources from the Panelists:

Panelists offered these tips and resources throughout the session through the chat feature.

  • Plan ahead, goal set, and don’t be afraid to network because networking is the key. Reach out to IU Alumni they want to help and see you succeed.
  • Get involved in the mentorship process. Having a mentor is very helpful in early career development and throughout your career.
  • There are multiple paths too getting where you want to go. You might have to take a job to get your foot in the door of place you want to work. Learn from whatever job you take.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with the people in your internships and early jobs as they are essential for your career development.
  • Engage professors and ask for feedback whenever you can.
  • Confidence is key advocate for yourself and don’t let opportunities pass you by. Seek strong mentors.
  • Become a versatile, multi-faceted, and most importantly be yourself!
  • When interviewing and applying, know about the company.
  • Take care of your mental health, separate from your work and have a hobby.
  • Book Recommendations: “Telling True Stories”, anything by Roy Peter Clark, have a folder of your favorite stories.

Please reach out to our guests and continue career chats via the Walter Center Success Network or WCSN which is the college of arts and sciences online networking platform and is a great way to stay connected with IU alumni in the field.





By William Pape
William Pape Peer Coach William Pape