Political Reporters: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:20)
Susan Arbetter is the News and Public Affairs Director for WCNY, where she hosts the New York talk show "Capitol Press Room." She also produces the Emmy award winning show "Insight."
Political Reporters: Career Beginnings (01:49)
Arbetter fell in love with performing when she starred as Lady Macbeth in her 4th grade school play. She got a degree in broadcasting and film at Boston University and then had an internship at WBOS on the news writing team.
Political Reporters: Keys for Success (01:48)
Arbetter describes three traits she believes one must have to succeed in journalism: fearlessness, patience, and the ability to tell a story through good writing.
Political Reporters: Education and Certification Requirements (02:29)
Arbetter shares a story about going to a conference and learning how to write political narrative for the radio. She educates herself and stays current with political news by reading.
Political Reporters: Workplace Atmosphere (03:58)
Arbetter's workplace, in the state house, is one of camaraderie and competitiveness. Long hours during times of legislation make it stressful for someone with a family.
Political Reporters: Advice for Aspiring Pros (02:10)
Arbetter encourages new reporters to take time to develop a base of knowledge that is needed for well-rounded reporting. Watch and listen closely to learn as much as possible and do not take things personally.
Political Reporters: A Day on the Job (03:47)
Arbetter's days begin early during the legislative session. She and her producer determine if the planned show is still current or needs to be scrapped.
Political Reporters: Industry Goals and Services (01:31)
Arbetter wants people to pay attention to politics and to vote. Democracy ends when citizens stop caring.
Political Reporters: Industry Challenges (01:42)
Arbetter acknowledges it is easier to digest the mindless information coming from Hollywood gossip shows. She likens her job to getting listeners to eat their broccoli.
Political Reporters: Looking at the Future (02:10)
Arbetter believes detailed information on important topics will only be available to those who can afford to pay for it.
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