HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 8, 2018 – High Point University students spent today with ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ co-anchor Byron Pitts, HPU’s Journalist in Residence, networking and learning the tricks of the business.
During a Q&A session on Oct. 7 moderated by HPU President Nido Qubein, students asked how to jump from college to career and how to make a name for themselves in a competitive industry.
“We are delighted you are our Journalist in Residence at HPU,” said Qubein. “You are a great storyteller. You’re not just a journalist, you tell stories with a deep passion and spirit.”
Pitts is an Emmy award-winning reporter with more than 30 years of experience. He sat in some communication classes to help students with career advice.
“You’re in an incredibly nurturing environment, you’re getting an incredible education and you’re getting prepared for the world of journalism,” said Pitts. “Know that you will be better equipped than other students, but I would still encourage you to read as much as possible, write as often as you can and know that you are enough.”
Sydney Goldberg, an HPU journalism major, felt inspired to have Pitts visit her class.
“He gave us advice as we prepare to be the future journalists of the world,” said Goldberg. “He told us how to make important deadlines, remain humble and to not put ourselves in the story but be able to appreciate people’s time.”
Pitts also explained to the students how important it is to get an internship.
“This profession is like a relationship – who knows you and who can speak on your behalf?” said Pitts. “Internships are important so you can see the practical experience and you begin to build those relationships with people who can be supportive of you down the road.”
Lexi Sanders, an HPU communication major, is grateful HPU announced Pitts as Journalist in Residence in August.
“It’s specifically unique to HPU because we rely on the good relationships we have with our professors and advisors,” said Sanders. “But to have a Journalist in Residence, someone who is currently working in the field, means that we are going to have access to more resources,” said Sanders.