Communication Students Learn from News Professionals

Students in Meredith’s Communication 100 course have the opportunity to learn about the journalism field from local news professionals. Recent visitors to the class, taught by Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero, were news directors from two local stations.

Rob Elmore, news director at WTVD (ABC-11) and Rick Willis, news director at News 14 Carolina, spoke to the class on November 20. The two shared their expertise on the journalism field. Topics included their own career path, how their newsrooms work and current trends in the industry.

This was the eighth year that Elmore and Willis have spoken to Meredith students. The stations are also internship partners for Meredith. Interested students were able to learn more about how to become interns at WTVD and News 14. Meredith students also assisted News 14 with election night coverage, gaining valuable experience.

Spero regularly invites communication professions to speak to his students. Another recent speaker was NBC 17's Steve Spraccia, who discussed his career as a reporter.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330