Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Christ

kelly1) Tell us about your current job.

I currently work for CBS 21 News in Harrisburg as a News Assignment Editor. My daily responsibilities involve a lot of communication with the public as well as my colleagues including: producers, editors, reporters, and photojournalists. Every day is exciting but also a challenge. I truly enjoy what I do.

During my day, the station receives many press releases for the seven counties that make up our viewing area. My job requires me to go through the releases we receive in order to assist producers in deciding what will be put on our broadcasts.

I am also responsible for being aware of any breaking news situations going on in our viewing area and assigning reporters and photojournalists to respond.

Communication is imperative to my success as an Assignment Editor and I believe that my education at Shippensburg, including my minor in Technical and Professional Communications, has prepared me to handle the challenges I now face.

2) Did the minor help you in finding a job after graduation?

As a Technical and Professional Communication minor, I learned many things that still benefit me today. My knowledge of HTML started when I decided to take on the Technical and Professional Communication minor. Since college, I have been involved in administering updates to my company's site and am confident in my skills.

3) What are some skills you use in your current job?

Efficient communication within and outside of my station, social media updates, and website updates.

4) What advice do you have to undergrads/current minors?

My advice to undergraduates and current minors is to take advantage of all the opportunities and resources that Shippensburg provides. The organizations that provide hands-on experience can improve your resume and are very valuable in the long-run. In my experience, professors have opened doors for me by being references for career opportunities. Prove your work ethic to your professors and they will support you in your future.


Annual Job and Internship Fair sponsored by the CCEC - Thursday, March 30th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in CUB MPR.

Job/Internship Workshop sponsored by the CCEC - Tuesday, April 18th from 3:30 - 4:30pm in DHC 205. RSVP to if you'll be coming!

Write the Ship/Reflector Launch Party - Thursday, April 27th from 7:00 - 9:00pm in the Spiritual Center.