The SAG-AFTRA National EEO Committee Presents: Navigating a Career in Broadcasting

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The SAG-AFTRA National EEO Committee Presents: Navigating a Career in Broadcasting
Start: 10/22/2016 - 5:00pm
End: 10/22/2016 - 11:45pm

Join regional SAG-AFTRA broadcast radio and television newspersons, writers and editors, along with station news directors and management for a daylong workshop that will cover:

  • The media landscape and getting your first job.
  • Negotiating your employment contract – and avoiding costly missteps.
  • A look at behind-the-scenes jobs that make on-air talent shine.

When: 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: San Francisco State University
Humanities Room 133
1600 Holloway Ave.,
San Francisco, CA 94132
Public transit it available directly to SFSU. Public parking is available in Lot 20 of the campus for $7 per day.

RSVP: To RSVP, click here.

Questions: Contact Chris Stout by phont at (415) 391-7510 or by email at

Cost: This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided.

This is an opportunity to learn from and network with professionals in the field of broadcasting. Program and workshops are sponsored by SAG-AFTRA.

Schedule: To view a PDF of the schedule, click here.

Panel 1: The Media Landscape
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

The media landscape has changed dramatically in the past several decades. There are fewer jobs in radio and television news but many more in digital media. You will learn where you should be looking for your first job.


  • Barbara Rodgers, Retired Anchor, KPIX 5 (moderator)
  • Doug Mitchell, Founder, Next Generation Radio
  • Gina Baleria, Professor, SF State
  • Halima Kazem, Professor, San Jose State

Panel 2: The Business of the News Business
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

How much do you know about the business? When you are offered a job you will likely be asked to sign a contract. Most of these agreements contain terms that are unfamiliar to most employees. Learn what these terms mean and more about the business at this very informative session.
Brian Hackney, Anchor, Science Producer, KPIX 5 (moderator)


  • Amy Hall, Broadcast Representative, SAG-AFTRA
  • Katie Mason, Host, ALICE 97.3
  • Steve Fishman, Producer, KNBR

Lunch: 1 – 2 p.m.

Panel 3: Behind the Scenes
2 – 3:15 p.m.

There is a lot more to radio and television than being a reporter and anchor. Find out about the jobs behind the scenes that make the reporters and anchors sound good.


  • Joe Vasquez, Reporter, KPIX 5 (moderator)
  • Jane McMillan, Assoc. News Director, KCBS Radio
  • Stanley Roberts, News Photographer, KRON 4
  • Brian Pelletier, Producer, KGO Radio 

Panel 4: Getting Your First Job
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

If you’re still in school or have already graduated you’ll find out what qualifications you need to be considered for employment as a reporter, anchor, writer or producer.


  • Diane Guerrazzi, Professor, San Jose State (moderator)
  • Jennifer Scarborough, News Director, KRCR
  • Deb Monroe, News Director, KION
  • Averi Harper, Reporter, KRON 4

The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.