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Caroline Burch '15 talks to broadcast students about working on "The Ellen Show"

Caroline Burch '15 visited the Broadcast Journalism class virtually on April 22. Caroline currently works at The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a Digital Production Coordinator. She was an active member of the Broadcast Journalism program for four years at Sacred Heart Greenwich, serving as Executive Producer of "Today from the Heart" in her senior year. Caroline graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2019. 

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LinkedIn Account Executive Lizzy Connor '06 presented a Lunch & Learn for alumnae teaching tips for networking, conducting a job search, and building a strong LinkedIn profile. More than 20 Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae from the class of 1972 to the class of 2000 signed up for the Zoom call. This event was co-sponsored by the Alumnae office and the Alumnae Media Network. 

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Jessica "Jeddy" Johnson '15 talks about reporting with Broadcast Journalism students

Jessica "Jeddy" Johnson '15 visited the Broadcast Journalism class via Zoom. Jeddy was an anchor for "Today from the Heart" and a journalist for the "King Street Chronicle" when she was a student at Sacred Heart Greenwich.

Jeddy graduated in May from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism. She is currently a Digital Multimedia Journalist for WKBW in Buffalo, New York.

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Caroline Burch '15 talks to broadcast students about working on "The Ellen Show"

Caroline Burch '15 visited the Broadcast Journalism class virtually on April 22. Caroline currently works at The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a Digital Production Coordinator. She was an active member of the Broadcast Journalism program for four years at Sacred Heart Greenwich, serving as Executive Producer of "Today from the Heart" in her senior year. Caroline graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2019. 

Caroline said that Sacred Heart's Broadcast Journalism program launched her path in the industry. 

"I was really drawn to go to Sacred Heart freshman year because of the broadcast program. Being in the broadcast program, I fell in love with it right away. It was my favorite class and my favorite place on campus," she said.

Caroline majored in Journalism and minored in the Entertainment Industry at USC. Initially, she reported on hard news in Pasadena, California as an assignment for her journalism class. 

She said, "I always liked Broadcast Journalism because there was a fast-paced environment and I liked having to make decisions quickly. I felt I thrived in situations like that, but I liked the vibe of entertainment more. I fell in love with the glamour of it when I was a sophomore and got to be an Instagram correspondent and got to interview Sarah Jessica Parker on the red carpet. I thought it was more interesting than covering the rent going up in South Pasadena."

In college, Caroline interned for Will Forte on his show, Last Man on Earth. She was a script intern at The Late Night with Seth Meyers Show. She enjoyed working at 30 Rock. It was a small production team, and Caroline's office was right outside of Seth Meyers' dressing room. One of Caroline's favorite memories of working on that set was that Mr. Meyers would say hi to Caroline each day before he entered the stage for the show.

 

Caroline gave advice to the students about how to succeed in the industry.

"If you are interested in going into the media industry, keep connections because they're so important. Get as much experience as you can. Volunteer for everything and try everything in college. Trying hard journalism and then going to entertainment news helped me to know that I like entertainment journalism more. With every internship you will learn what you do like and what you don't, and even learning what you don't like is just as valuable as learning what you do like," Caroline said.

Caroline emphasized the importance of working hard. She had been interning at The Ellen Show when they asked her to start working full time for the last two weeks of her senior year of college. Even though she missed some of the senior year activities, she thinks the dedication she demonstrated led to her current job at The Ellen Show.

Caroline said, "If anyone asks you to do anything, just do it anyway even if it's unpaid because one day it will be paid. In the entertainment industry, if you're enthusiastic and willing to work hard, it will go a long way."