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WINS Reporter Sonia Rincon

WINS Reporter Sonia Rincon at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College broadcast journalism students are rechecking their homework based on the advice of WINS reporter Sonia Rincon. Rincon, a night street reporter at the New York all-news station, came to campus to meet with career-minded students and to give a little professional guidance. 

What did she advise? Use good writing to keep the listener engaged. The reporter had some specifics. “Use the present tense” recommended Rincon, in order to “make the story now.”

For those just starting out, she suggested thinking small. “Go to a small market” she said. Rincon, a native New Yorker, speaks from experience. She earned her chops in a variety of small and mid-sized markets all over the East Coast before landing her job at WINS. It is much easier to get hired in a smaller market but there is another reason why this is important, she explains. Working in a variety of locations also gives a reporter a sense of perspective. This, argues Rincon, makes for a better journalist. 

Rincon’s visit is part of the Television and Radio Department’s Radio Studies Speaker Series. The Speaker Series brings working radio professionals to campus and allows for student interaction with the industry insiders.  Broadcast Journalism major Matthew Vann found Rincon’s attention to the process particularly useful. “Sonia was very precise in explaining what editors in the radio field expect from their reporters,” he said. “I greatly appreciated Sonia Rincon’s visit to the class.”

Even for students with significant experience through internships, professional interaction on campus provides an additional benefit.”It is extremely different having professionals come to the classroom versus just interacting with them at an internship” says Kate Rose, a Brooklyn College senior. “The classroom can provide a more comfortable setting to ask questions, with no fear of judgment,” Rose added.

Rincon doesn’t plan on leaving radio anytime soon, but it appears that she has been bitten by the teaching bug. After a campus visit on Monday, the reporter returned on Wednesday and plans to return to campus yet again on December 11 to work with students in other classes.


Written by radioboutros

November 13, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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