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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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering something for the not-so-special someone. For Valentine's Day, the zoo has creepy creatures that are up for honorary adoption. Fifty bucks gets a scorpion. A Madagascar hissing cockroach goes for $25. The zoo will even send an email to the person who inspired the adoption.

FREE COFFEE SIGNS

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Free coffee is back for travelers on Washington state highways. Actually, the coffee never went away, but the free coffee signs are returning. Volunteers and non-profit groups serve free coffee at nearly 40 highway rest stops. But the signs offering the free java were not replaced when they became damaged or worn. Many travelers didn't know about the joe on the house. Now, state highway officials tell lawmakers the free coffee signs are going back up. The Herald newspaper reports the sign replacement program will begin in March. Backers say letting drivers know about free coffee promotes safety and helps to keep people alert behind the wheel.

MANHATTAN COYOTE

NEW YORK (AP) -- There's something wild in Manhattan. For the second time this month, a wild coyote has been captured in the Big Apple. New York City parks officials report a female coyote was trapped in the sprawling Stuyvesant Town housing complex in lower Manhattan. Vets examined and fed the animal. Officials say it will be released in a wilderness area in the Bronx. Earlier this month, a coyote was caught in Riverside Park. It was also released in the Bronx.

 
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