The Next Chapter

I’m proud to announce that I’ve accepted a job in Birmingham, Alambama!

WIATI’ll be joining the WIAT 42 News team as a multi-media journalist. I’ll start there on October 27th. My last day on-air at KBTX will be October 17th.

The decision to move on from KBTX is a difficult, but I’m ready to make the next step in my career. The opportunities I’ve had with News 3 are enough for an entire lifetime in television. The friends I’ve made in Bryan/College Station have made huge impacts on my life and I’ll never forget them. The viewers in the Brazos Valley are some of the most caring, encouraging and inspiring people I’ve ever met.

I know there are great things ahead for me and the experience I’ve had in B/CS has prepared me for the next chapter.

If you want to follow my journey, follow me on twitter at @TVsMichaelOder or on Facebook.

More information about the new job in Alabama is coming.

I haven’t been this excited for something unknown in a long time!

Want to be a journalist?

Want to be a journalist?

  1. A couple times a year I get asked to talk to journalism and communications students at nearby Sam Houston State University and Texas A&M. I say a lot of the same things, talk about what I did in college and some of the biggest stories I’ve covered (so far). 

    One lesson I repeat each time is owning your “brand.” Every person has a different brand. Find out what your passion is and be a point of information for others. Budding journalists have great resources online to do this; Twitter, facebook, instagram, etc. 
    So, I asked some of my online friends to share some advice they’d give to aspiring journos. Those with journalism backgrounds or experience chimed in. First up? A former intern.
  2. @TVsMichaelOder @TAMUSPJ Look at the world around you. Practice writing. Learn photo/video editing. Generate story ideas. Be honest & fair.
  3. @TVsMichaelOder just gave a talk to UT students. Told them about sketchy gas station bathrooms, many stories a day, knowing stations brand
  4. I think this advice is great for students or those just starting their career (myself included). There’s also some pretty good life advice in there as well. 

    What advice would you give to someone starting out in your line of work?

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