STEM JOBS

EARLY FALL 2017

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12 EARLY FALL 2017 // STEMJOBS.COM "Television excited me. I knew I had a new mission." It took the excitement of the field of television broadcasting to make Anita Bevins change course from wanting to work for a newspaper when she started college to knowing that television production was the career for her. A course in television production that was a requirement for her journalism major left Anita fascinated by the the capabilities of video to convey a message. After earning a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida, she felt she had a solid foundation in television production. "The steepest learning curve, however, took place in my first year as a professional working at a television station," explained Anita. "There is no substitute for real-world experience." She has transitioned that experience into her current job as an Associate Professor in the Broadcast Television Production program at Daytona State College. Anita encourages any student interested in this career to choose a college or university with broadcasting facilities where "students are an integral part of the productions." At Daytona State College, Anita teaches several courses in broadcast production and oversees production of two televised programs each week. The live programs require skill and knowledge from the students, according to Anita, "as there are no opportunities to stop and shoot a second take when you work a live broadcast." An addition to this year's programming is a live remote sports show that will require even a higher level of skill from both the staff and students, she explained. In addition to the live broadcasts, Anita teaches studio and field camera operation, jib operation, studio and field production, lighting techniques, video operation, editing, technical directing, producing, directing, and on-camera performance. Her job requires a variety of STEM skills, which include planning, organizing, and executing program productions from the perspective of both content and technology. "The technology is computer based," she explains, "and the advances in the technology have been amazing." She also uses math skills to carefully manage the very precise blocks of time in video production. Although a master's degree is required for teaching television production at the college level, Anita explains that the education level required for those working in television depends on the type of job. Some students learn skills in high school and get technical training for jobs such as gaffer, grip, production assistant, or camera operator. Many employers require a bachelor's degree for work as a producer, BROADCASTING // ANITA BEVINS THE STEM BEHIND THE SCENES Don't Just Watch—Work in Television BY SUE HAMILTON

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