TROY alumna shares how to prepare for first news job

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Wednesday, alumna Caroline Gerhart returned to Troy to talk to students about entering the news industry.

Gerhart, who graduated from Troy University in 2022, works at WTVY in Dothan, Alabama. During her time at TROY, Gerhart was an active member of TROY TrojanVision News. Today, she is a main anchor at her station.

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“I am a co-anchor for the morning and I’m also an investigative reporter,” explained Gerhart. “So, I anchor two hours of news every morning and then I investigative report for the second half of my day.”

She said she knows what it is like to be worried about finding a job.

“You blink and it’s gone so definitely enjoy every moment of it because your time here at TROY is special. Don’t take any of it for granted.”

— Caroline Gerhart, WTVY Anchor/Investigative Reporter

“I was here not that long ago and I know how intimidating it can be taking that first step,” Gerhart said. “I hope everybody was able to be put at ease and learned something that they didn’t know before about their first market in news.”

One tip Gerhart goes for all industries: be versatile.

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“You have to know more than one thing to make yourself marketable. Everybody is going to want you to do more than one thing so the sooner you start learning new skills the more likely you are to get a job.”

Above all, Gerhart wants students to remember where they are right now. Gerhart said she is thankful for the opportunity to speak and hopes the students learned something new.