Although many businesses have been forced to lay off workers, other industries badly need more help.
The job search for a senior about to graduate from college is typically a bit unnerving. The current conditions surrounding the coronavirus have made that more difficult for many individuals. However, Eastern New Mexico University seniors Phoebe Green and Jordan Honeycutt have recently landed positions in the broadcasting field. News is an essential and much-needed industry in a time of crisis.
Green is a communication major with a double emphasis in broadcast journalism and production. She is also carrying a minor in sports management. She is working for Nexstar Broadcasting KLBK and KAMC Television Network as a production assistant. Her job is to be certain that everything is ready to go for a show to be filmed.
“Since the COVID-19 epidemic the newsroom has been crazy,” Green said. “Being that news is essential there is still so much to be done behind the scenes to keep the shows going.”
The coronavirus has added tasks to her workday. She mentioned that they are constantly cleaning equipment, and news anchors are working from home. Green looks for other precautions to be implemented in the future, such as temperature checks before entering the studio, and being required to wear masks while at work. Even with that, she is enjoying the job and has hopes to begin reporting her own stories soon.
“I chose this field because I love the facts and I love being able to work with people through an amazing field,” said Green. Although she’s thankful for her health, not having a graduation ceremony is saddening to her.
Honeycutt noted various health practices at his job at KRQE-TV, including the six feet of social distancing and plenty of hand washing.
“They have been really proactive in the health of their staff,” he said.
At ENMU, Honeycutt studied communication with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. He feels that the program offers lots of opportunities and chances for students to succeed. Eastern was an affordable choice, and the broadcast program was just what he was looking for. Pursuing a media career felt natural to him.
“I enjoy the producing aspect of a show, finding and reporting stories, choosing where they go, and what goes on screen,” said Honeycutt. “I was fortunate that I had that experience [at ENMU] since that is what I will do at KRQE.”
While the coronavirus has caused plenty of challenges, Honeycutt thinks that in the coming months, some kind of normalcy will be restored. He is looking forward to learning on the job and to see the light at the end of the tunnel of the virus.