Alum starts reporting job two days after graduation
January 19th, 2014 by masscomm
Andrew Nomura, a May graduate, is a new reporter/multimedia journalist for WAFB Channel 9 in Baton Rouge, La., thanks to multiple internships that allowed him to get a jump start on his career and an aggressive job search.
“If you want to get in this business, just know that you must be proactive," said the Los Angeles native. "What you put in, is what you get out of it."
Nomura, 22, made every second count as a student, taking advantage of every opportunity to work on a story, build his portfolio, and meet potential employers. He interned at both WJTV Channel 12 and WAPT Channel 16, and volunteered for TigerTV, JSU-TV and WJSU 88.5FM, serving as a reporter, anchor, producer and weekend personality.
Nomura’s eager attitude helped him land his first media job. He made the drive to Louisiana in February to sit down with the news director.
“I took the initiative to get an interview and went and got my job. I knew how to edit, shoot, report and knew my way around the newsroom.” Two days after marching across the stage to get his diploma, he was reporting to work in the 95th media market.
His most memorable project so far at WAFB, a CBS affiliate, was an intimate story he covered about the increase in fatal accidents caused by drivers’ lack of attention on the road.
“The story was about an attorney whose daughter was killed by a distracted driver,” Nomura explained, and how the father now travels the country promoting safety behind the wheel.
Nomura said he had an extra incentive to start his career right away: on his own since 17, with no family to fall back on, he had to be independent.
The aggressive multimedia journalist's short term goal is to become a fill-in anchor. Long term, he wants to anchor anywhere in Miami. His advice to students is simple: “Get some experience, start sending your clips and resumes out, and go get your opportunity.”