Résumé

TARA LAYTON

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 TELEVISION PROFESSIONAL

 Passionate, creative, and dedicated television professional with 4+ years of progressive experience in TV news industry seeks challenging position with room for growth. Skilled writer with proven strength in fact-checking and attention to detail. Experienced in social networking platforms and content-sharing across multiple avenues. Highly organized and dedicated to building and maintaining strong connections with internal and external contacts. Possess strong technical video editing skills. Able to work on deadlines and multi-task in order to meet and achieve project and news production goals.

 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

PROGRAM COORDINATOR at Meredith Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia ● January 2013 – Current

  • Check formats for all programming including but not limited to movies, sports, and network
  • Listen effectively, respond clearly and directly, prepare clear and concise written reports or records and explain information to others.
  • Use extensive knowledge of the Wide Orbit traffic system to format programs, check programming, apply copy to paid programs, place paid programs on log, and run reports
  • Use extensive knowledge of the SIMS traffic system to input episode numbers, and run reports

INVENTORY CONTROL COORDINATOR at Media General, Tampa, Florida ● August 2010 – December 2012

  • Identify problems, gather relevant data and note possible cause of problem.
  • Operate computer, copier and other office equipment, type accurate copy from rough drafts, devise and access different filing systems and maintain attention to detail.
  • Listen effectively, respond clearly and directly, prepare clear and concise written reports or records and explain information to others.
  • Use extensive knowledge of the Pilat traffic system to edit and finalize logs, run and check schedule conflict reports

TRAFFIC ASSISTANT at WTLH FOX 49, Tallahassee, Florida January 2009 – August 2010

  • Interact with Sales to gain missing materials to enter traffic for clients. Obtain and enter media and copy/traffic for all WTLH and WTLF contracts; check validation reports to ensure accuracy. Liaison with master control to make sure they have materials needed to dub all spots.
  • Use extensive knowledge of the VCI traffic system to edit and finalize logs, run and check schedule conflict reports and enter contracts. Proficient in utilizing Microsoft Excel to send program change notices to Account Executives

MASTER CONTROL OPERATOR at WTLH FOX 49, Tallahassee, Florida August 2008 – January 2009

  • Setup, controlled and monitored television broadcasting equipment to transmit television programs and station breaks to viewing audience
  • Took transmitter readings, segmented programming, set audio levels to specification and recorded feeds.

 NEWS INTERN at WFLA NEWS CHANNEL 8, Tampa, FloridaJanuary 2008 – April 2008

  • Interacted with news reporters, meteorologists and anchors while utilizing editing system to develop packages.
  • Viewed all activities in control room, live-feeds room and assignment desk area and reported directly to Assistant News Director.
  • Participated in story idea and segment meetings with news staff team members and gained pertinent knowledge on pitching stories and negotiating angles for coverage.
  • Supported reporter and photographer team on field sessions to shoot and record story segments while conducting in-person interviews. Assisted photographer and reporter in compiling news package and transcribing voiceover.
  • Rotated within different departments to gain knowledge on variety of job assignments and duties of team members.

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Bachelor of Arts & Sciences Degree in Broadcast News (3.4 GPA) and Minor in Communications

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Relevant Coursework: Electronic Field Production ▪TV News ▪Broadcast News ▪ Public Affairs Reporting ▪ Creative Writing

Technical/Editing Skills: Media 100 ▪ Grass Valley ▪ JVC Pro ▪ Panasonic AG-BZC7 Camera

  • Created Segment News Package that aired on WUSF16: “Pets are Heroes Too!”
  • Created a Video Brochure for Eternal Legendary Queens, Incorporated
  • Acquired skills in writing, producing, scripting, lighting, shooting and editing for video and news production.

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS

 Vice President and Public Relations Manager Eternal Legendary Queens, Incorporated (ELQ Inc.)

  • Organized community service and fundraiser events. Created publications and advertisements for monthly events.

Secretary Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

  • Take official minutes at Chapter and Executive board meetings. Write & distribute out correspondences to members.

 Additional Activities

  • Volunteer Radio DJ and Street Team Member WBUL 1620 AM Radio Station
  • Public Relations Chair for Tallahassee National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Blogger for www.tylatimes.com
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