Jessica Lovell thought she wanted to work behind the camera.
“I was working in production at KSHB-41 in Kansas City, hoping to get some type of experience in television so I could eventually work behind the camera on a film level,” she recalls. “While I was there, I developed a relationship with folks in the newsroom. They suggested that I get into news and get an internship there. That's what led me to JCCC. Although a news junkie, I never saw myself reporting the news.”
But that’s precisely what she is doing now.
“Now I’m an anchor at KTNV in Las Vegas, but not before a few other stints in places like Topeka, Joplin and St. Joseph,” she says. “Before JCCC, I had no experience in public speaking, not even a class. So what I learned at JCCC is what I entered the field with. I chose JCCC because I needed an internship that was close to home and JCCC was willing to work with me even though I had no prerequisites in broadcast journalism.
“I came to Mark Raduziner with an internship opportunity and he helped make it possible to take the journalism classes I needed to qualify. I was not a typical student. I was in my mid-20s and knew this was what I wanted to do and that these were not just elective classes for me. The facilities were great and allowed me to complete the work I needed and give me experience to get in the business.”