Molly Brewer is a bureau reporter for KSN-TV in Kansas. Based in Garden City, Kan., Brewer is a one-woman reporting team. She writes, shoots and edits packages all on her own.
“I work alone,” she said. “And I think that’s the hardest part of the job—not having anyone to bounce ideas off of. Although I can always call the station and talk with someone, it’s not the same as being in a newsroom with a lot of people.”
But ever the optimist, she views the independence as a benefit as well. She said working solo taught her how to problem solve, work quickly and think on her feet. The work might be harder, but she still views it as a good first-job experience.
“It’s definitely a lot harder than school,” Brewer said. “But Loyola was a good stepping stone where I learned the basics of camera skills and editing.”
For new graduates, she encourages them to be open to new experiences.
“Don’t be afraid to do something like leave your comfort zone,” Brewer said. “I didn’t want to leave Chicago, but I wanted this job a little more. I think there are a lot of people who are afraid to leave, but that makes getting the job and getting new experiences a little harder.”
She’s been in Kansas for about two months, and she’s taking steps to become more involved in her new community.
“It’s definitely an adjustment,” Brewer said. “I do miss Chicago a lot. But it’s been an amazing time, and the people are so nice. It’s definitely a great first job.”
By Travis Cornejo, SoC Web reporter