Through Irish Eyes visits TV Production Class

James MahonMr. James Mahon, Irish news journalist working at WDEF Channel 12, spoke with students in COMM 2020 TV Production about what it takes to make it in the news media. “I applied at 180 different stations and got 180 rejections,” said Mahon. He stressed the importance of having an online presence and of developing a unique persona in order to stand out from other job applicants. “You’ve got to be a little bit different….That’s OK to look or sound different.”

Other tips for media practitioners Mr. Mahon gave were to get started now creating content, to work on telling stories in simple language, and to try to be visually compelling. However, the most important message the speaker emphasized was on developing yourself. “You’ve got to be the best version of you!”

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