“The professors gave us guidance, but they let us run. They’re smart. They’ve worked in the industry, so they know how to help us get to where we are going.”
If you’re going into broadcast journalism, it helps to have an Emmy under your belt before you even get your degree. Eddie Sheehy won one right before he graduated, one of two taken home his senior year by RMU students at the regional TV awards competition that pitted them against production and broadcast crews from the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, and others.
Eddie, who earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts, began his RMU education before he even started classes. He attended a media retreat two weeks before the term started, getting acquainted with the school’s substantial student media operations. During his senior year, he worked at WPXI-TV, beginning as a teleprompter operator and moving up to part-time assignment editor.
He beat out 145 other applicants to land a job reporting for WITN- TV in North Carolina, something he credits to both what he learned at RMU and the deep connections of the professors who taught him. Meanwhile, Eddie’s former classmates won another student Emmy last year, competing against the state’s largest universities.