Scripps Career Pathways: Justin Feldkamp, BSJ ’05, Sports Anchor/Reporter at WSET-TV Lynchburg, Virginia
Justin graduated from the Scripps College of Communication in 2005 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After college, Justin worked as a sports anchor at an ABC affiliate in West Virginia.
What do you do?
I report, anchor, produce, edit and shoot any and all local sports, including high school and college, to deliver the sports news.
How do you feel your Scripps College of Communication degree has helped you in your career?
Everything I did gave me firsthand experience and knowledge to go out and perform tasks once I started at the professional level. Any teachers and professors associated with the school helped me get to where I am now.
How did your extracurricular activities or internship(s) help you with your career?
It is mandatory to get internships and participate in other activities in addition to what coursework you are required to do to graduate. I was involved with WOUB-TV and play-by-play for baseball and women’s basketball. I made the most of all the opportunities at WOUB-TV and Ohio University’s athletic department to make sure I got firsthand experience. Go out and get up close and personal with the newsroom. I did a news radio internship as well but it is important to go out and learn how to do the work by yourself. Make sure you are getting the experience you are going to have to know before you graduate.
What is the most important thing you believe has helped you secure your current position?
I would say a strong desire to do what is right. I work to do the job to my full ability by completing the smallest of details and largest of projects. Get in the business and stay.
What is a typical day like for you in this position?
With sports, it’s not a 9-5 job. Typically I go in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and work until 11 or 11:30 p.m…. but it normally depends on the day. I edit video, write script, interview players and coaches, attend weekly news conferences, and shoot and edit highlights on the sidelines and anchor sports.
What is the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Scripps students?
Get after it and don’t sit there and wait for someone to tell you what to do or suggest what to do. Go out and get some mentors that are in the business you would like to get into. Ask them what you should be doing to get where you need to be. Do internships and extracurricular activities outside of the requirements to graduate.
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