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April 29, 2017
Jacob Wood always dreamed of being a reporter and knew he had to attend Northwest Missouri State University to get the education and experience he needed for a successful career.
This spring, Wood, a native of Lawson, Missouri, graduates from the University with a bachelor’s degree in mass media with an emphasis in multi-journalism.
“When I first got here, I immediately talked to the news producer at Northwest’s Channel 8 TV station and tried to get involved as quickly as I could,” he said.
During his sophomore year, he was a residential assistant at Hudson-Perrin and a reporter for the University television station.
“I started reporting about things that hadn’t been reported, covering the entire Nodaway County area and riding along with the Missouri State Patrol and Nodaway Sheriffs,” Wood said.
Faculty and staff encourage students to get involved and secure more than one internship to help determine varied areas of an industry they could pursue. Wood followed that advice.
“That’s why we have a college television station,” Wood said. “We are going to have failure and things that are not always going to work. However, learning from those failures will help in our career because we will know how to overcome those failures in the real-world.”
Wood attributes his success to internships and jobs as well as to the relationships he builds and maintains. He secured internships at KQTV and Fox 26 in St. Joseph, Missouri, to ensure he is prepared for his career after graduation.
At KQTV, he was a reporter between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. He photographed, edited and reported news, and it was reported on the 6 p.m. broadcast. His internship at Fox 26 included similar responsibilities, and he reported between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on news that broke during the previous evening.
Through his internship opportunities, Wood has the experience to enter his career and be successful.
“Everyone has a story, and I am interested in learning about it,” he said.
As his time as a Northwest student comes to an end, Wood encourages students to get involved on campus and community activities – from attending athletics events to walking on campus or trekking to Mozingo Lake Recreation Park.
“Don’t be afraid to get involved or even talk to President Jasinski when you see him on campus,” Wood said. “Get out of your room during your freshman year and interact with people. You are only at Northwest for short period of time and it goes fast.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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