Broadcast Reporting Alumna Lindsey Watson is an Anchor/Producer at WDTV Thursday, June 18, 2015
Meet Lindsey Watson
Job title and employer: Anchor/Producer, WDTV
Degree earned: B.A. in broadcast reporting, 2013
Hometown: Beaver Falls, Pa.
Now living in: Bridgeport, W.Va.
High school: Beaver Falls Senior High School
College activities: U-View, National Broadcasting Society
Hobbies/interests: Dance, traveling, trying new foods, video editing and production
LinkedIn: Lindsey Watson
What are your key responsibilities at WDTV?
After an exciting time reporting in the field as a general assignment beat reporter for Marion and Taylor counties - covering crime and court stories, to investigative pieces, as well as light-hearted stories that pull at your heart string - I had the opportunity to become 5 News Daybreak and West Virginia Midday anchor/producer in March 2014. A normal day for me begins at 2 a.m. producing and anchoring the morning newscast, updating scripts, numbering tapes for the control room and overseeing the newsroom overnight. I am also responsible for writing morning cut-ins. I then produce and solo anchor our noon newscast.
What factors led you to pursue a degree in broadcast reporting at Point Park?
I attended the Summer Media Workshops and got a crash course in everything that the broadcasting world and Point Park could offer me. Living in Downtown Pittsburgh and being so close to three award-winning television stations influenced my decision to come to Point Park. Most of the professors are still working in the industry and can give you the tools, advice and real-world experience that will help you stand out among others fighting for the same job.
What was it like going to school in Downtown Pittsburgh?
I really can't even begin to put into words how amazing it was to go to college in Downtown Pittsburgh. Not many people can say that an entire city was their college campus, but that's exactly what Point Park offers you. That's why I will always consider Pittsburgh my home.
Describe the School of Communication faculty.
The faculty are second to none. Specifically, the adjunct professors and staff in the TV studio. They can offer you the real-world knowledge and advice that you will need make it in the industry. It means so much more to be able to talk one-on-one with faculty and staff about your career goals, and have them be so understanding and willing to help. To them you are more than just a number, you are the future of the business and they want nothing more than to see you fulfill your dreams.
Please list internship experiences you had as a student at Point Park.
- KDKA-TV and WPCW, Pittsburgh Today Live and promotions editor intern
- WPXI-TV, news assignment desk intern
What advice do you have for a prospective student?
If you are considering Point Park, take a tour of campus and get a sense of the city. Get involved with anything and everything the college and the city has to offer. It will only enrich your experience for what will become the best four years of your life.
What are your career goals?
The TV industry is constantly changing, and I can only hope to continue to change and grow in it. I absolutely love anchoring/ reporting/producing, so if I can continue on in any of those three aspects of my job - while working on getting close to home in Pittsburgh - I believe I will be satisfied for the rest of my life.
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