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By Grace Goze /
July 22, 2022 /
Posted in: Alumni /
Let these alumni experiences guide you in using your ambitions and DePaul education to achieve success in the working world.
The following is our interview with alumna Vi Nguyen:
There’s no typical day in news. You never know what’s going to happen or what news is going to break during the day.
My day starts off with an editorial meeting with my managers and colleagues where we pitch stories and talk about what’s going on in different communities—what happened the night before, what’s happening the night of and what stories we should follow up on. Once I’m assigned a story, I head out the door with a photographer or work solo.
The most fulfilling part about my job is getting a chance to meet so many different from all walks of life and using my platform to tell their stories. Often people are reaching out because they truly need our help to uncover the truth; whether it’s holding elected officials accountable by asking tough and uncomfortable questions or just be a listening ear so they can share their experience (happiness, joy, pain, or loss) with us.
My job is to ask questions, listen, and share their stories and hope it can help make a difference in some way, shape, or form.
I think studying broadcast at DePaul really pulled me out of my shell. I was always shy and quiet in high school and could barely make it through public speaking, but I felt really comfortable at DePaul speaking in front of a class and I think it’s because I had very supportive teachers and classmates who made me feel at ease and myself.
My advice to current students is, don’t be afraid to be yourself or network, and don’t be afraid to enroll in a class that might be out of your comfort zone. I took a broadcast class as an elective and never imagined it would change the trajectory of my path.
You can connect with Vi on LinkedIn.
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