By Tiger Shi
Web Content Contributor
Mass Comm. Week was last week and for International Men’s Day; I would like to thank three special journalists that made my studies in journalism possible. They are John Quinones of ABC News, Lester Holt of NBC News and Bob Woodward, the man who reported on the Watergate Scandal. These men are the role-model journalists that inspire me to look into the industry.
I discovered Quinones after I watched his social experiment show “What Would You Do?” The hidden camera concept really got me interested in what kind of show I could host once I enter the industry. John Quinones was the speaker on Monday, November 9 during Mass Comm. Week as part of the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series. I was amazed by his background; he went from a migrant farmworker to an experienced journalist. Persistence got him to where he is now. I also learned that he was a Texas State student so that Bobcat family and alumni network bond really did hit close to home in terms of advancing my passion to work in the news business in general.
I’ve been watching NBC Nightly News since at least 2011. It all started when my dad watched American news from Beijing, where my family moved to for his job relocation. NBC Nightly was what kept us updated on what’s happening in the U.S. We watched Brian Williams anchor until his departure in 2015. When Lester Holt took over, I started to admire his style. He reported on a variety of stories that year as well as covering the 2016 Rio Olympics, moderating a 2016 presidential debate, covering the 2018 Winter Olympics, moderating a Democratic Primary debate, covering both World Cups, keeping me up-to-date with COVID-19 developments and covering this past election. The point is, I like Holt’s professionalism as a reporter and anchor, specifically on political and sports news. He inspired me to work my way up to national television.
Woodward was one of the journalists that exposed the Nixon administration on the Watergate scandal. He basically inspired me into getting to know the reporting industry and the genre of investigative journalism. Although he worked in newspaper, which isn’t the field I am looking forward to work in, I still admire his work. Whether it is digital or printed on physical paper, news is news.
The works of Quinones, Holt and Woodward have never left my mind. Given that they all reached national fame, I am thrilled to have found them as a source of inspiration. Of course, I would have to start locally and work my way up. Either way, they are relevant role models in my case because I wanted to report political news. I may not get to report the topics I wanted when I enter the industry, but I am aware of the efforts I will put in along the way to reach that goal. It would be an honor to at least meet one of them in-person but in the end, their reputation as great journalists motivates me in my goal to enter the industry.
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