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Meet a TV News Producer: Shelby Dobson


Introducing… Shelby Dobson

A graduate of … Mountain Crest High School

Now working as … A TV News Producer

For … KSTU, Fox13, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Journalism was her favorite high school class because … it was like on-the-job training since – as editor in chief of the high school newspaper – she wrote news, entertainment, sports and opinion pieces.

Shelby’s first job – was an After School Student Aide at an elementary school.

The worst job? Even though Shelby had her share of low paid, entry jobs, she says the actual work she’s been assigned has never been all that bad.  (She understands some of this is luck, but it is also good to be able to choose jobs that you can do happily most of the time!)  

Advice to students … “take every opportunity you can to advance in your chosen field. For example, I completed a job shadow and an internship. Both were good experiences that helped me understand my field better.”

 And more

  • As the producer of the 5:00 p.m. newscast … “I select local, national and world stories for the newscast. I write several of those stories and I have an associate producer that also helps write for the show. I put the stories in the order they will air. During the show, I talk with reporters in the field, and communicate with anchors about any changes. I also time the show.”
  • Being involved in high school publications –newspaper, yearbook, etc. is “a good way to get started in any field in journalism.”
  • First, get a degree. Whether it’s a high school diploma, training certificate, or Associates or Bachelors, it will help you get a job in the future. Many students start a degree, but don’t finish it. It’s an investment, but it’s an investment worth making!



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