WWE Diva Takes On TV News

Have you ever wanted to be on TV, reporting the news every night like we do?

Have you ever thought about what skills it takes to be a reporter?

A new FOX reality program is showing what happens when a former "WWE Diva" decides to take on the world of broadcasting.

We talked to a broadcasting professor about what she thinks of the concept.

A tidal wave of sorts hit Tyler, Texas when one of the local TV stations hired Lauren Jones, a former WWE Diva as it's newest reporter and anchor.

This experiment was taped to be a reality show on FOX.

"It was flashback to The Simple Life with Paris Hilton. She came in unprepared and they were training her," said Jo-Anne Ryan, a former production manager and creative services director at WBKO.

After working in the business for 13 years, she began teaching at Western.

"The broadcasting major is very much a pre-professional program and very hands on. We have our own television studio and students have their own newscast," Ryan said.

The students also have an FM radio station with news, weather and sports.

They learn the basics of credibility, trust, how to present balanced stories and how to make them understandable.

"The students and our whole program is geared towards having a professional experience, even as a student," Ryan continued.

Sometimes a typical day for a reporter in a small market includes carrying your own gear, shooting your own video, and writing and editing your own stories.

"We want to make sure that our students are very well prepared so they understand how the equipment works, the journalistic skills and the writing skills," Ryan added.

While Jones' experience may not be the norm, Jo-Anne says if you're a good communicator, you can learn the technical skills that go with the job.

She points out Peter Jennings, who's thought to be one of the greatest communicators didn't have a college diploma.

"Anyone who is willing to work at it and has the capacity to learn and to be a good communicator could be a journalist," Ryan assured.

When it comes to the situation in Tyler, Texas, Jo-Anne says it comes down to realizing there's a reality TV show behind the entire concept.

Lauren Jones said this job is not a one-time deal.

In an interview on Good Morning America, she said she really wants to be an "anchorwoman."

To see Lauren's adventures in broadcasting, tune into "Anchorwoman" on WBKO-FOX.


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