Date of graduation: May, 2009
Employer: MSG Varsity
Location: New York, NY
Job Title: sports reporter
Carolina Week Title: sports reporter/anchor
Carolina Week Testimonial:
You’ll hear a lot of talk about the Carolina Week mafia from Dr. T, and you’ll hear it
from your fellow Carolina Week members, too. It’s a concept not easily understood when it
first rings through your ears, but look around, scroll through the alumni page and you’ll
know what we’re talking about in no time. Carolina Week is far more than just a class.
Prepare to envelop yourself with what you’ll be doing for this semester, and we hope,
the rest of your time at UNC.
Embrace your time at Carolina Week. Don’t make this a burden, a chore. Have fun with it.
Absorb as much information and opportunity as you can. The relationships you form with
the staff last longer than your time at UNC – its forever. This experience isn’t just
about breaking into the TV business. It’s about communicating with your peers in a
professional manner and instilling that in yourself in whatever career path you decide to
go down. Lawyers, doctors, teachers, you name it, all need to communicate and there’s no
better way to do that than here.
I latched onto Carolina Week at the beginning of my junior year, working primarily behind
the scenes. After an entire year flew by, as I inherited a solid foundation about working
in news, I auditioned for news anchor. Somehow I got the gig and I don’t think I would
have been as prepared had I not sacrificed and devoted time into watching my CW
colleagues perform on camera during my first year. Some of you might have “the itch” to be
on TV, and within time you’ll get there. All you need is patience. While I encourage you
to continue assisting the staff at CW, I strongly recommend getting your start on-air
with Carolina Connection. It’s the perfect place to get your feet wet and have your
stories played live on the radio airwaves. It was a terrific medium for me to get
comfortable as an anchor and a reporter. Sometimes you might feel too independent and
unsupervised when going out in the field. However, that’s precisely the point. You’re
being treated like a professional, which is why you have so much responsibility. But,
don’t let that intimidate you. Everyone at CW will be your backbone when you need them,
so even in the most tenuous situations you’ll have support.
Every testimonial you read will exclaim the greatness of CW. There’s no objecting to that.
But you – and only you – can make it great. Your goal is to win a championship, be
better than any other program out there, so I’ll quote somebody who knows a thing or two
about winning a title, Anson Dorrance: “The vision of a champion is someone who is bent
over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching.” You
can be that person at CW. Just make sure you have fun.
Let me be the first to say, “Welcome to the Carolina Week mafia.”