Where are Tech Grads?
Where do Tech graduates work? The answer is as varied as the profession itself.
Some go straight for big-time journalism on newspapers, radio, television, and in advertising, public relations and magazines. A former managing editor of The Oracle is a managing editor of The New York Times. A former editorial page editor is a major feature writer for the Los Angeles Times. Another edits copy for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Many Tech graduates have worked for publications of various businesses and departments such as IBM, American Automobile Association, General Telephone, Tennessee School Board Association, State of Tennessee Tourism Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Hospital Corporation of America, Memphis Chicks, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Farm Bureau and State of Alabama Highway Department.
A former student newspaper reporter is producing television advertising for an ad agency in New York. Another works for television's PM magazine in Chattanooga. Another is editor of a major woman's magazine. Still another is writing frontier and Civil War novels. One graduate got a job at the state capitol as assistant press secretary for the governor. Now she is the public information officer for the Tennessee Department of Safety.
Many are happy working for small city newspapers such as Cookeville's Herald-Citizen, McMinnville's Southern Standard, Lebanon's Democrat, Carthage's Courier, the Decatur Daily in Alabama or the Warner Robbins Daily Sun in Georgia.
Some are working in radio and television in Cookeville, Sparta, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
When Tech graduates say they are journalists, they could be doing almost anything--simply because they have been given the opportunity to study and acquire experience in a variety of areas in communications at Tennessee Tech.