Women In The World of Journalism: Tips For Young Women Pursuing Careers In Broadcasting

In the world of broadcast journalism, women are easily objectified and are seen as less valuable than their male peers. Women are underrepresented on news programs as well. Most news stories need to feature an interview with a person discussing the topic of the story, and reporters contact expert sources for their opinions on that topic. Traditionally, male experts are used as sources more often than female experts, and female experts are used less in hard news stories than men. In many cases, when you turn on the news and you do see a woman, she may have more makeup on than clothing. We cannot keep up this trend. This is for all the young women who want to break the traditional gender roles of broadcasting. Here is an inside look into the young successful women of the Colorado State University’s journalism program. They all work at the local Fort Collins Channel 11 CTV Network for Rocky Mountain Student Media. RMSM is a stepping stone for young journalists to get training and experience to build their portfolio to assist them in getting jobs after graduation.

Brynn Carmen at her internship at FOX Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Brynn Carmen)

A four-year veteran for RMSM, Brynn Carmen, received an internship in Atlanta this past summer because of how hard she has worked as a journalist. Carmen is one of the most passionate people I have ever met and is a go getter. She used to be a professional competitive ice skater that was on her way to the Olympics until she had a tragic injury that ended her career. She carries over the same work ethic that she had as an athlete to her career. Carmen wants to remind young women to stand their ground and they need to push themselves a thousand times more than any man in journalism. Carmen stated,

“We need to prove that we are intelligent, intellectual, individuals, that can perform without having to be judged on our physical appearance.”

Baylee Lakey serving pizza to CTV11 News on National Pizza Day (left, courtesy of Emily Biffinger). Grace Reader reporting live in a helicopter (Right, courtesy of Grace Reader).

Producer and anchor, Grace Reader, want to always be reporting and fell in love with the idea of being a journalist at age 11. She attended a Rockies baseball game with her grandma and got an inside look at Root Sports Production and from there on out she knew she wanted to be a sports anchor. Reader is very well spoken and a powerful young woman. She knows what she wants and pushes to do better every single day. Reader stated,

“I want to make my staff better by improving their skills, critiquing their work, and focusing on what really matters. Hair, body, and clothing are not topics that I allow to be discussed in my newsroom. I judge you on who you are as a journalist, not your dress size”.

Baylee Lakey is RMSM’s Executive Producer, which means she is everyone’s boss. She is soft spoken but had this to say to young women in high school that want to go to college for broadcasting,

“You need to be the best, hone in your talent and go above and beyond every chance you get because there is a good chance the guy next to you is just doing the minimum. To be the best you need to outwork everyone below you and don’t let-up on your morals and who you really are.”

Karlee Schwartzkopf and Olivia Landis are the dynamic duo in the sports realm of CTV11. Both women began their freshman year as camera operators and in the past four years have climbed their way to the top. They both co-anchor and co-produce the sports show and are at almost every single Ram’s sporting event. Both women are very well respected in the world of sports reporting in Colorado.

Schwartzkopf runs track for Colorado State University and because she is an athlete she feels as if she has an inside edge in the reporting world. Landis will graduate this year and already has job offers from Mountain West Network and FOX Sports. Landis announced,

“I am extremely excited to continue my journey into the world of sports broadcasting after I graduate. I refuse to bend on my values and beliefs though, I have high morals and they won’t be budged.”

Karlee Schwartzkopf (left) Olivia Landis (right) both sports anchors for CTV11. Photos courtesy of Olivia Landis.
Delaney Herring entertainment anchor for CTV11 (left). Photo courtesy of Emily Biffinger

Delaney Herring is the youngest and newest edition to CTV11. Herring is an entertainment anchor and has admitted that she is already having trouble being taken seriously. Herring states,

“Entertainment is light-hearted and not as serious as hard news. But, I still want to report as much as possible, as accurate as possible. It is hard though to be taken seriously because most people think I’m just a small blonde that has nothing to offer. But, I will prove them wrong.”

These are all accounts of women who are just truly beginning their careers as reporters, producers, and journalists. There is so much more work and hardships ahead of them but, with that comes victories and celebrations as well, as long as they hold onto their values and morals. These women encourage younger girls to pursue this career and hope that these young women can learn from their personal stories.