Broadcast Major "News Nerd" Loves the Puzzle of TV Production

By Chelsea Hulen, dot comm Staff

This interview is part of an occasional series focusing on individual students in the different communication department sequences at UT Arlington. These interviews hope to display how students in each sequence are different, yet alike at the same time.

The first interview in this series focuses on broadcast senior Candice Watson. The 26-year-old North Carolina native developed a strong love for television and movies while growing up, which propelled her to go to school for broadcasting and film.

Candice Watson UTA Broadcasting Major
How did you decide on making your major broadcasting and film?

I was really into the news as a kid. I loved Nick News with Linda Ellerbee and I was definitely a "news nerd" growing up. As far as film, I love the process behind making a movie or TV show. I also love the storytelling that comes with developing a TV show or movie.

What's your favorite aspect of broadcasting and film?

I like seeing the final product and how it came together - almost like a puzzle.

What do you hope to do post-graduation? Have you done any internships?

Either news or television production. I really like editing and putting it all together, but I would also do producing, too. I haven't done any internships, but I would love an internship with either "This American Life" (an NPR radio show) or with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

What do you like about UTA?

At first, I wasn't too thrilled about UTA. I really wanted to go somewhere bigger, but I eventually came to like it. I like how easy it is to get to anything on campus. It's a big campus, but pretty put together at the same time. I also like how close it is to everything DFW has to offer.

Do you feel being a part of the communication department has helped in your college career?

It's helped me get more of a focus on what I wanted to do from when I started. They help you concentrate on what you want to do and give you some great skills for your career.

What do you like doing outside of school?

I, of course, like watching television or movies. Those are my main interests. But I also like reading and writing. I participate in NaNoWriMo every year, so I have a few scripts and manuscripts that I'm in the process of working on.

Do you feel living in DFW or going to UTA has any effect on future career opportunities?

Yes and no. It's one of the 10 biggest markets in the country, so there's a lot of competition, but also a lot of opportunities. It's big, which both helps and hurts.