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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DAVID LETTERMAN-CAPITOL GYROCOPTER

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Letterman will soon retire. But he's not letting a juicy target like the U.S. Capitol gyrocopter landing go unnoticed. Last night, on CBS' "Late Show," Letterman did the Top 10 "questions to ask yourself before landing a gyrocopter on the United States Capitol lawn." Here are a few examples:

No. 8, "Should I do this during Secret Service happy hour?"

No. 2, "Should I land somewhere unguarded, like the White House?"

And No. 1, "Will I be the only person who actually did something in Washington today?"

AIR PUMP THEFTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some New York City crooks are getting pumped. The NYPD reports they're looking for two suspects in a string of air pump thefts from gas stations in Brooklyn and Queens. Seventeen such incidents have been reported since late December, the latest being earlier this month. Investigators report the pump bandits attach tow chains to snatch the coin-operated air pumps. The pumps can hold up to a few thousand bucks worth of change apiece.

MARIJUANA-BIKE TIRES

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) -- Two Arizona teens are in trouble -- after federal officers say they tried smuggling pot hidden in bike tires. Customs and Border Patrol Enforcement officers report finding a total of seven pounds of marijuana inside the tires. A drug-sniffing dog alerted customs officers as a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl crossed the border. The bikes were seized. The teens have been turned over to Homeland Security investigators.

CELLMATES-HOLE-DIGGING CHARGES

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It's no Shawshank Redemption. Two men are charged with digging a hole in a cinderblock cell wall in a western Pennsylvania jail. They didn't get very far. Somerset County Jail Warden Gregory Briggs says the hole was only about four inches wide. Joseph Lee Bockes and Billy Ray Naill now face charges that include institutional vandalism. Authorities didn't file attempted escape charges because the hole was so small. The Somerset Daily American first reported the story.

 
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