WSLS10 News Director speaks to a Production Class and tours CHBS

Mr. Rick Moll-WSLS 10 News Directort

By Adam Austin

Rick Moll, the News Director at WSLS10 in Roanoke, recently served as a guest speaker in professor Michael Meindl’s electronic field production class before embarking on a tour of the state-of-the-art College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.

Although his talk focused on making the next step after college, Moll shared his own journalism background with the students, noting that he fell in love with television production early in high school. He later went to Purdue University and while there interned with a local station. The internship eventually led to a part-time position.

During his talk Moll stressed the importance of internships while in college.

“No matter the opportunity you can use an internship,” he said. “When you come out of college into the real world the change is almost break neck speed,” Moll continued while comparing the change in the pace of work from college to the business world without an internship.

Moll explained that many news corporations are looking for more multimedia journalists, whom he described as people that can report, shoot and edit their own stories.

“It’s better to have two multimedia journalists that can contribute more if not as much as a two-person crew,” he said.

WSLS10 will be offering a number of paid internships Moll noted. However, he wanted to make sure students understood that this is no walk in the park.

“An intern in the newsroom needs to have passion and drive, and always be on call.” News is always on, he reiterated. A real journalist works a lot of hours on barely any sleep.

Asked about her impression of the talk, Liz Bubes, a student in professor Meindl’s class said, “I thought he was awesome he gave really good advice and shared some great opportunities.” “I thought he killed it, I learned a lot.”

At the conclusion of the talk, Moll had opportunity to further mingle with SOC faculty and students by having lunch in Dalton Dining Hall. He concluded his visit to Radford University with a tour of CHBS.

Feb 15, 2017
School of Communication