Towson alumni sit on stage, awaiting the discussion to begin.
(Photo by: Brittney Everett/TU student)
Towson University recently hosted its 15th annual TUjday, a panel discussion held by Towson alumni as they exchanged stories about their current careers in the field of journalism and multimedia.
Several journalism students gathered in the University Union, eagerly awaiting to talk and listen to the former Towson students. Within the panel were broadcasters, public relation and marketing columnists, and news anchors.
Amongst the mix of seven sat Erika Shych, a graduate in the class of 2013. Erika is currently a general assignment reporter for CBS 21 located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
“I am primarily in our 10 and 11pm news casts, but if there is breaking news or meetings we are going to preview I will do those as well,” Shych stated when asked about her daily routine.
Although the late night hours can be daunting at times, Shych loves her job and one day aspires to work for a news station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania doing on-scene news reporting. Shych stresses the importance of internships and getting your name out to employers as soon as possible. She did so during her college career by involving herself with the campus television station, WMJF-TV, two years as a sports reporter with Towson Sports Network (TSN), and three years as the “In-Stadium Host” for Towson Football.
Sitting in the crowd, current Towson student and aspiring news reporter, Amy Phillip’s ears perked up as she heard the words “Towson Sports Network.” Phillips has had an internship with TSN for two semesters.
“Hearing that she started at TSN really got me pumped because I am on the right track for my future career and I feel a bit relieved,” Phillips said.