Ben Krumholz, '09
Major / Minor: Communications / Electronic Media
Job Title: Reporter with FOX 11
Why did you choose to go into your program of study?
I always enjoyed working with technology, specifically video cameras and video editing programs. I also enjoyed writing and working with people to tell stories. I knew the communications program would allow me to do both.
When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?
At first, I knew I wanted to do something in the communications field. I wasn't sure if that was being a journalist at a newspaper or some other form of communications. Right before I started classes at UW-Green Bay, I just started a job at WLUK-TV. I quickly realized working at a TV station was something I could see myself doing after school.
Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?
Yes, as I stated above I worked at WLUK-TV during my four years of school. I also worked at Phlash TV on campus. Both were key in landing a full-time job after school. The best thing you can do for the field you are interested in is to get an internship or job in that field.
What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?
Phlash TV. I produced, hosted and edited a half hour sports show for the student-run television station.
Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.
I am currently a reporter at FOX 11, WLUK-TV in Green Bay. A typical day is finding a story to do in the community, going in the field to conduct interviews and collect information for my story. I then come back to the station to write and edit my story for our 9 p.m. newscast. I'm also responsible for providing social media content and an online version of my story.
How do you keep in contact with other alumni?
Facebook is a very useful tool to stay in touch with other alumni. I also work with other UW-Green Bay graduates. I interact with a lot of alumni through my job or just being social in the community.
What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?
Internships. I can't stress it enough. You need hands on experience to put you a level up. If you want a job in TV news after school, try getting one while you are still in school. There are a lot of part-time positions in newsrooms editing video or writing scripts for weekend newscasts. Also, join Phlash TV and become an active member. While you learn valuable information in the classroom, it alone isn't enough for an employer to find you valuable. Show them you have done the work before!
Can we share your e-mail address on our website/can career services give it out to students inquiring about a job in your place of employment/field?
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