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Volume 68, Issue 16, Tuesday, September 17, 2002


News anchor speaks at UH HMA meeting

By Geronimo Rodriguez
The Daily Cougar

KPRC-TV anchorwoman and UH alumna Dominique Sachse told about 50 UH students Monday that the best way to get a job after college is through networking.

She was the guest speaker for the UH Hispanic Media Association's first meeting of the Fall 2002 semester and spoke to a packed crowd in the UC Underground's Aegean Room.

Sachse, who earned a bachelor's degree in radio and television broadcasting and minored in journalism at UH, said she was delighted to share her experiences of breaking into the broadcast field.

Dominique Sachse, news anchor for KPRC Channel 2, speaks at a meeting of UH's Hispanic Media Association. Sachse is an alumna of UH's School of Communication.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

"It's always great to come back (to UH)," Sachse said. "I have many opportunities throughout the year to do so, and every time it's a great experience because not only does the school grow, but I see in the student's eyes their eagerness to learn.

At one point after graduating, Sachse held three jobs working as a traffic reporter for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, at a temp agency and as a traffic reporter for the radio station KHMX-FM 96.5 before landing a position.

"It's been amazing because I've been doing it in my hometown, which is rare in this business," she said.

HMA President Marisa Lopez, a senior communication major studying broadcasting journalism, said getting Sachse to speak at the meeting know what to expect after college. Lopez, who had an internship at KPRC-TV and was able to work with Sachse, said: "(Sachse) was the most open and honest person with me; she told me exactly how it was. She has such a positive attitude toward everything that I knew it would be perfect for her to talk to us.

"I think what really made an impact on a lot of students was what (Sachse) said about having to accept criticism," Lopez said.

Sachse told students: "I decided not to try to turn around everyone else's views, but it became my goal to make sure that I felt confident."

Aside from sharing her personal story, Sachse stressed the importance of networking when starting out in the journalism industry, citing communication professor Robert Musburger, who specializes in media production, as a mentor who was most involved in her success.

"He realized I was one of those individuals who took it seriously," Sachse said.

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