School of Communication

Alumni Profile: Meet Chris Hoffman, Multimedia Journalist at WCTI-TV

Friday, June 05, 2015

Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Chris Hoffman. Photo | James Holmes

Meet Chris Hoffman

Job title and employer: Multimedia Journalist, WCTI-TV
Degree earned: B.A. in broadcasting and broadcast production and media management, 2014
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Now living in: New Bern, N.C.
Hobbies/interests: Sports, being outside, hanging out with friends and running
Twitter: @wctichris
LinkedIn: Chris Hoffman

How did you land your job at WCTI-TV?

I applied to just about every market on the East Coast. I did everything I could to make myself marketable to employers. I secured an interview and got the job at WCTI-TV.

What are your key responsibilities at WCTI-TV?

I generate stories every day for our newscasts. I am required to write, shoot and edit a package daily.

"The education I received at Point Park prepared me very well for my job. The U-View newscast production class was the best class to prepare me for this position."

-- Chris Hoffman



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Why did you choose to attend Point Park?

I chose Point Park because I was immediately able to jump right into my major. I also liked that the instructors had previously worked or are still working in the field.

How did Point Park prepare you for the real world?

The education I received at Point Park prepared me very well for my job.

The U-View newscast production class — taught by Paul Coatsworth, Maria Kakay and Michelle Wright — was the best class to prepare me for this position. It pushed me to do stories that would be asked of me in a newsroom. I had great hands-on experience.

During my first week at Point Park, I was able to get involved with U-View. It was great to be able to learn how to use all of the equipment and learn new skills.

What are some of your most memorable Point Park experiences?

My most memorable memories from Point Park would be all the time I spent with friends. I was able to meet some great people who are going to do great things in their respective fields.

Final thoughts?

Get involved in everything you can that's related to your major; it pays off. Classes really help you to learn the skills you need, but the outside activities are where you can learn to become better at your major (and have fun).

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