|Chloe Rome at CNN|
Chloe’s currently a Video Journalist.
Video Journalists (or VJs as we are called) perform a variety of function across numerous networks. I primarily work in CNN domestic and CNN International as a floor director, in which I provide direction and assistance to anchors during live shows on the studio floor. I also work as an Editorial Assistant in the newsroom, where I assist different show teams by creating slideshows, working with guests, and cutting soundbites and video to post to the website.
Each of us gets to tailor our experience to our own specific goals. Not only do we have the opportunity to shadow people in other departments, but we also are able to apply for rotations in other departments such as CNN.com. We also have access to CNN’s “Best University”, where we can take classes on different internal systems, programs, as well classes that focus on a variety of leadership and career development skills. Most VJs are promoted to another position at CNN within 2 years.
My long terms goals at CNN are to work out of the DC Bureau, either on a show team or the political unit, as a writer. I would also love to work for a show team here in Atlanta as an Associate Producer.
Be aggressive. The greatest compliment I have ever received was from an executive producer during an interview who told me I was “aggressive in a good way”. This is a tough field to get into, but that is by no means a reason not to. Don’t take no for an answer and be persistent in going after what you want.