7 Things I've Learned in 7 Years of Broadcast

by - July 02, 2016

Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter will already know this but I wanted to share my incredible news here on the blog, as well. After nearly seven years with my station, I'm excited to announce that I've been promoted to executive producer. It's been a fun, often crazy ride, but it's one that has helped shape me into the woman I am today, and I'm excited to continue my journey in this new role.

A lot has changed since I started as a temporary employee all those years ago. To be honest, I didn't think I'd still be working in broadcast, but I guess life has a way of working out. Anyway, in honor of my promotion and upcoming work anniversary, I put together a list of seven things I've learned in the past seven years working in this business.

1. Social media is the future of journalism. When I first started, social media was almost an afterthought. Now, it's the first thought.

2. Don't work through your lunch break ... or weekends ... or vacation.

3. Just because you know how to do everything doesn't mean you have to do everything.

4. Good or bad, people will always surprise you.

5. You will never make everyone happy.

6. Money isn't everything, but it is nice to feel like you're not being taken advantage of. Know your worth.

7. This job can drive you crazy, but it is not worth your sanity.

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  1. Hi, Ashton!

    Wow, congratulations on your big promotion! It is well deserved. I admire you for hanging in there. A few years ago you seemed to be doubting that this is what you wanted to do. Now, here you are, movin' on up, and I am proud of you. The seven lessons learned in seven years are excellent. A major surprise for me is that social media now takes precedence in modern news operations. I can't fathom it. #2, #3 and #7 are important and related. You must take care of your mental and physical health. Rest. Eat. Delegate. When you are on vacation, turn off your devices and forget about what's going on back at the shop.

    Once again congratulations on being promoted to executive producer, dear friend Ashton. Happy holiday to you and your family!