MCC student goes behind the cameras at 41 Action News

MCC-Penn Valley student John Ross (second from right) with KSHB personalities (from left) Gary Lezak, Rhiannon Ally and Mike Marusarz

MCC-Penn Valley student John Ross didn’t actually make it on TV during a recent visit to KSHB, Channel 41, but he got pretty close.

Ross, 25, spent a day job-shadowing at “41 Action News.” He’s working on his associate in arts degree at MCC now and plans to transfer to UMKC to study broadcast journalism.

“I learned a whole lot in one day,” Ross reported after his visit to the NBC affiliate. “I saw firsthand how the news is put together, how everyone in the newsroom works together to get the story right.”

Ross with anchor Christa Dubill

He found himself “amazed” at the collaboration required to put a newscast on the air.

“For example, one of the first things I got to do was sit in at an editorial meeting, where the reporters and producers talk about what stories they are covering, what contacts they’ve made, and who was willing to respond to a story. I did in fact get to see how a story was covered. It was really interesting how much ordinary citizens were willing to talk on camera, and how some were not.”

The highlight of his day: being able to watch a news broadcast from the studio — and getting to meet the station’s anchors, several of whom he grew up watching.

“I asked to sit at the anchor desk,” Ross says, “and I felt maybe in that moment that I belonged there.”

Ross at the anchor desk

Ross, who attended Ruskin High School in south Kansas City and Chillicothe (Mo.) High School, from which he graduated, says he has wanted to work in journalism since he was 13.

Maggie Garcia, MCC-Penn Valley’s career services coordinator, says having a variety of work experiences can really give students an edge when it comes to their careers.

“Internships, part-time jobs, volunteering and job shadowing all give students an opportunity to gain new skills, make valuable connections and, ultimately, help them find that perfect ‘career fit,’ ” Garcia says.

Learn more about MCC Career Services here.