It's The Journey - 04/14/14

  I speak to school groups with some regularity about being a tv reporter and news anchor. Invariably, whether it's grade school or college, young people want to know how much you can earn in this profession.  Like most jobs, it's a wide range with many variables.
  This is certain, if you get into this business right out of college you'll likely be working in a relatively small city and the pay will be low.  It keeps some people who earned degrees in broadcasting or print journalism from actually pursuing a full-time job as journalists.  I tell every young group I spend time with to dedicate themselves to learning your craft and make excellence your goal. 
  If you dedicate yourself to really learning the ins and outs of the business and truly make excellence your goal, the dollars and cents will take care of themselves.
  I used to work for a manager who told me if you don't know where you want to go, any road will take you there.  The older I get, the more those words resonate with me.  I place a high value on the quality of the journey. Set your sights on what you want, dedicate yourself to learning everyday and pursue excellence.  You do that, employers who want your skill set and work ethic will find you.  When that happens, you'll find you're in a much better position to discuss compensation.

 

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BABY JESUS-GPS

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Baby Jesus is going high-tech. A statue of the Christ child is getting a GPS tracking device. New York-based BrickHouse Security is donating several GPS monitors to the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. Along with Jesus, other Nativity figures will be fitted with the tracking devices. The baby Jesus was stolen earlier this month from a Nativity scene and returned four days later. A spokesman for BrickHouse Security says the tracking services are offered to a number of churches and non-profits for free. The company tells The Indianapolis Star the small tracking device will text or email an alert if the figurine is moved.

TROOPS-HOLIDAY HOMECOMING

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Army Chief Warrant Officer Duane Sandbothe is trying to keep a Christmas secret. He returned home yesterday from deployment to Afghanistan. He hopes to make his homecoming a Christmas surprise for his 8-year-old son. Sandbothe says his boy is to ask Santa Claus to get dad home by Christmas. Sandbothe says he plans to lie low for a week. Sandbothe is among 61 citizen-soldiers of the Georgia National Guard coming back from a 10-month deployment.

RED KETTLE-CASH DONATION

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- Someone is dropping more than spare change into the Salvation Army's Red Kettles. Crisp $100 bills were donated at a number of Cocoa Beach, Florida, area locations, totaling nearly 10-grand. Salvation Army officials tell Florida Today they believe the money came from the same person. Amounts in each kettle ranged from $500 to $1,000.

CHRISTIE-COWBOYS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jersey guy Chris Christie will be showing more Cowboys love this weekend. The New Jersey governor has never been shy about rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. But his fan devotion has come under fire again, after Christie was seen high-fiving Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Christie tells Philadelphia sports radio station 94WIP he'll be sitting in Jones' box again this coming Sunday, when Dallas hosts the Indianapolis Colts. Christie says he won't change his team loyalty just to score some political points.

 
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