The Day Bob Woodruff Came to Visit

Nov 26, 2008 3:30pm

ABC News On Campus reporter Joshua Zuber reports:

Award-winning ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff stopped by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix this past week.

He was here to talk about “The Future of TV Journalism in Our Democracy” with a distinguished panel of broadcasters.

Woodruff was joined by the current anchor of PBS’  "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," and Lehrer’s former co-anchor, Robert MacNeil.

The panel was hosted by former CNN anchor, Aaron Brown, who is now a professor at the Cronkite School and host of the PBS documentary series  "Wide Angle."    

Before Woodruff hit the stage, he visited with ASU’s ABC News On Campus staff. And for us, the experience to meet such an extraordinary reporter was just that … extraordinary.

He told us about his first live shot (yes, he too was a one-man-band when he started in the business). He said it wasn’t his best live television hit, but he learned a lot from that experience.    

Woodruff also talked with us about the history of broadcast journalism and how our generation will determine where journalism overall is heading.

“I think the thing’s changing,” Woodruff said about the journalism industry. “And people in your generation, especially, are able to figure this out and how it is that you find out the most truthful reporting.”

We also asked Woodruff how we can follow in his footsteps. We wanted to know how we can become household names. His reply: “Is that the important thing?”

He said he believes that one of the most important accomplishments one can achieve  as a journalist is that you learn something new, and  he  told us not to worry about being well-known.

His advice for those who want to become famous?  Make films or become an actor. “It’s not easy to be well-known,” he said.

Woodruff said the happiest journalists are going to be the ones that love   journalism. Otherwise, the amount of work and effort that goes into the job will burn you out.

Great advice from a great journalist, for anyone who wants to get into journalism.

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