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Class of 2003

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Rudy Buehler

KGPE-TV (CBS), Sacramento, CA
Market Rank 20


I started my journalism career at CBS 47 in Fresno, California. I was originally hired as the 5pm producer, but was moved to the 11pm newscast within the first two months. I was promoted to dayside Executive Producer in the spring of 2004 and still hold that position currently. I now produce a one-hour broadcast from 6pm to 7pm as well as oversee the other broadcasts. It’s a lot of work but worthwhile. In October, 2006 I won “Best Newscast” from the Northern California RTNDA. In March, 2007 I was part of a team that won “Best Spot News Story” from the Associated Press, Television & Radio of California, Nevada and Hawaii.

In the future I will likely look for a job in a larger market. I’m
excited about finding something new and challenging.

ATVN positions and duties:

Executive Producer. Producer, Writer

How did ATVN prepare you for your current job?

ATVN taught me how to produce and be confident in my news judgment. I learned that the hard work and effort pays off. You have to be willing to spend a lot of time honing your abilities. I can’t imagine a better place than ‘SC in terms of learning how to produce, write, and understand the inner workings of a newsroom.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?

Use your time at ATVN wisely. Apply yourself to do the best you can because stations don’t want anybody who isn’t already capable to do a job when they come in. (I was producing the 5pm newscast on my third day here) So, if you’re not prepared, you’re going to be in over your head. Listen to your advisors. (I know, I know, everyone says this, but it’s true!) They have real world experience and there’s nothing more valuable than that.

What are the top three skills college journalism students should be working on in order to be prepared for their first broadcasting job?

1. Writing ability
2. News Judgment/ability to find a story
3. Time management/preparation
All the practice at ATVN really does make perfect.

What is the most important thing a college journalist should know when he or she is trying to negotiate his or her first job?

Know what you want and go in looking for that.  With that in mind, be realistic. Accept the fact that your first job won’t necessarily be glamorous but it will be an important first step on your path to

What prepared you most for your current job?

Producing and writing a show by myself and having confidence in my news judgment. ATVN gives you the unique opportunity to understand all aspects of a news station; from the control room to reporters to producers. If you can understand all those jobs and at least do a few of them, you’ll be in good shape. Also, if you want to be a reporter, make
sure you don’t edit all your packages on AVID because most stations are still using linear. (Mine just got Final Cut Pro a couple months ago, so linear editing is very important!)

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