KOCT offers something for every individual seeking to learn new skills in the field of video production and editing. Interns work closely with our award-winning staff – from in-house productions to in-the-field shoots.
KOCT: The Oceanside Channel, a non-commercial PEG (Public, Education and Government) TV station covering everything from the city council to community events in Oceanside, is a great training ground where aspiring producers, editors, videographers, directors and broadcast talent can obtain real-world experience and programs for their Demo Reels. KOCT expects a commitment of time and talent but repays that commitment with assignments and projects that provide a significant boost for interns in their climb up the professional ladder. Here are real world examples of industrious young people who got their start at KOCT.
I'll always hold KOCT in the highest regard. There's no doubt it was a launching pad for my TV news career and I would totally encourage others to take advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer. I love TV news reporting because it allows you to go to new places and meet new people every single day. When you leave the house for work you have no idea what you may encounter, so it's your responsibility to be a quasi-expert on any topic at a moment's notice. Most importantly, you have the opportunity to make a difference in so many lives by bringing issues to light that affect those who live in your community. Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a news reporter. I began pursuing that goal early on, reporting for my high school and then college newspapers. After graduating from Duquesne University, in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, I moved to San Diego to officially start my journalism career. I wrote for the weekly community newspaper, "The Coast News," where I covered the City of Oceanside. It was through "The Coast News" that I discovered KOCT, and all it had to offer. I had the opportunity to report, write, edit and produce for a number of different shows, which laid the foundation from my transition to TV news. Using a resume filled with KOCT clips and references, I went on to work for San Diego stations KUSI and KGTV, where I wrote for their morning news shows. A short lime later I was hired by KDBC in El Paso, TX, where I reported and produced. I continued to climb to bigger markets, reporting in Fayetteville, AR, followed by Albany, NY and most recently Salt Lake City, UT, where I am currently a Reporter for KSTU Fox 13. It's been an exciting career that's allowed me to live and work all over the country and I'm proud to say it all began at KOCT in Oceanside, CA.
KOCT is the best place for hands-on training. Through KOCT I gained valuable knowledge on how to operate various television studio equipment. When I told KOCT I wanted to be a television news photographer, they helped me by letting me shoot and edit various segments and events. These shoots provided me with the experience of using ENG cameras, wireless mics, lighting, editing and shooting techniques that I use in the field today. I was able to incorporate everything I learned and start a promising career as a television news photographer for FOX 5 News San Diego.
I have been editing for over 21 years and received my first television experience at KOCT where I worked on over 473 public television programs. During my career I have done numerous projects for high profile agencies and studios as a skilled Avid editor. I have worked on television, feature film and animation editing projects including: CBS "Dr. Phil"; NBC Universal "The Kardashians Take Miami", "Golden Globes," Nickelodeon "Figure It Out" game show, and Mark Burnett Productions "Wedding Day"; ABC offline editor; music videos for "Desperate Housewives"; Paramount Pictures/Klasky Csupo feature film editor for "Rugrats Go Wild" and "The Rugrat Movie."
Jason began as a volunteer at KOCT and was soon hired for production staff where he performed a variety of roles. After leaving employment at KOCT, Jason spent 7 1/2 years with Outdoor Channel as an editor, then moved up to being a field producer. The role of a field producer included tasks such as hiring production crews and working with a team of producers for their network Off Roading series. Jason was a one-man production team; traveling, writing, shooting, and editing shows or web segments for the Outdoor Channel. He was also a production coordinator for contracted commercials for Chevy, Coleman camping gear, Polaris ATVs, CASE IH farming machines, and Outdoor Channel promotional commercials. Recently, Jason was first assistant director for the feature horror film "Penance". Jason recently wrote to KOCT: "...and of course I would have never have had any of these career opportunities had I not been trained at KOCT."
Elena Gomez is a San Deigo County native, born and raised in Vista. She knew she wanted to be a Reporter from the age of nine, when she would produce her own newscasts with her younger sister in their family's living room, using the coffee table as a news desk. Gomez got her start at NBC 7 as an assignment editor intern in the summer of 2008. She graduated from Chapman University in 2009, with a Bachelor's in Television and Broadcast Journalism and minors in Public Relations and Spanish. In college, Gomez received the "Most Promising Broadcast Journalist" award, one of Chapman University's most prestigious honors for broadcast students. After graduation she worked as an editor for NBC 7 News "Today" for over a year.
Throughout her college years and after, Gomez worked at KOCT. Here she experienced true hands-on training by editing, writing, producing and reporting stories along with working as an assistant director, camerawoman and floor director for larger productions. She received W.A.V.E and S.T.A.R awards for reporting excellence and an award from the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists for producing an in-studio talk show. In September 2011, Elena earned a spot as a news associate for NBC 7, working as a multimedia journalist where she shot, edited, wrote and reported daily stories for the evening newscasts. She is currently a Reporter for NBC 7, San Diego.
In a multimedia age and a competitive communications field, it's important to have a Demo Reel with real-world experience. If you've ever considered working in television, please fill out an Intern Application and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.