by Tim Tevault
Students from the Southern California area flocked to the University of La Verne last Friday for its annual Communications Day.
In addition to offering workshops, the event featured KTLA reporter and producer Gayle Anderson as the keynote speaker.
The events, which included workshops and a video presentation, culminated into Anderson’s address in Dailey Theatre. She loosely discussed how to be “The Indispensable Reporter.”
She kept the attention of the audience with her wise cracks and high energy. Smiling constantly, she discussed topics relating to such issues as public relations, the fame associated with being on television and putting together a resumé.
“I’m not going to bore you with the ‘I work at channel five’ you know where I work,” Anderson said.
Anderson went on to discuss why her resumé is an unusual six pages long.
“I worked hard for all that stuff on there,” she said, advising the students that this is not the way to make a resumé. “I know I should fix it and I probably will, but at the moment I’m on an ego trip because I worked like a dog to get everything on that resumé.”
Before becoming a reporter, Anderson was a waitress, a telephone solicitor and a convenience store clerk, among other jobs. She said that after starting out in radio, she had to fight to get into television.
“At one point I held down three jobs at one time,” she said.
Anderson said that she worked so hard to get into the New York or Los Angeles market in radio and television that when she finally did reach her goal, she did not even realize what she had accomplished.
“The journey is crazy and fun, and then when you get there, you’re like ‘That’s it, I’m done, there’s some things I want to do in this market,'” she said. “I’m working on that now.”
Anderson also advised the future communications students not to do this kind of work for the money.
“Do not do this if you want to be rich,” she said. “My first job paid 80 bucks a week, before taxes, in Manhattan.”
Her light hearted, no-nonsense speech was well recepted by the students.
“She was so enthusiastic,” said Tammy Phan, a senior at Mountain View High School in El Monte. “I love watching her.”
“Instead of giving a formal type speech, she related quite well to the students,” said Teri Owen, adviser to the Oracle, San Gorgonio High School’s newspaper in San Bernardino.
“She reinforced our belief in journalism,” said Erin Chester, a senior and also a staff member on the Oracle.
Following her speech, Anderson stayed for the lunch held in the Quad. Students and faculty were able to talk to her one on one.
“This is great,” said George Keeler, communications department chairman. “Only Rob (Fukuzaki) stayed for lunch.”
Before Anderson’s speech were workshops for the students, held in the Arts and Communications Building. The workshops covered topics such as media ethics, web page design, producing television news and interviewing for the news.
Keeler led the workshop on caption writing. Overall, he felt that the event was a success.
“My session had a well turnout,” he said. “They listened to every word; they were like magnets.”
Many of the students agreed that the sessions were informative.
“It made some people like ULV and gave them some skills at the same time,” Keeler said.