Courtney Bunting

  • Communications and Media Specialist
  • Rockford, IL, USA
  • Sep 07, 2018
Full time Health InformationTechnician

Personal Summary

I have two years of experience as a Multimedia Journalist for a CBS affiliate television station in Rockford, IL. This role requires me to build strong relationships with members of the community from all walks of life. I am able to establish rapport and trust quickly. Since our newsroom is small, I shoot and edit most of my own stories and I am also responsible for producing my own web content. A job like this requires efficiency.

When working with press releases, I come across many different styles of writing but have developed my skill of turning those releases into digestible stories for our viewers. I regularly work with these entities, and have learned to be efficient, clear, and concise with my requests for information. My minor in public relations and familiarity with the way marketing representatives operate make me an ideal candidate for any job that involves connecting with news outlets. I am also experienced in multiple photo and video editors, including Photoshop, Edius, and Final Cut.

Though I'm not from Rockford originally, I made it my goal to connect with the area as quickly as possible in order to understand every citizen's concerns and needs. I make it a priority to involve myself in the heart of my community in order to build professional and personal connections with potential contacts. My empathy toward every person I interview is something that shows through my work.

Relating to people and interacting professionally in every setting is an ability I always prioritize. When requesting interviews, it is imperative that I make people feel comfortable and understood at all times in order for them to open up to me. I speak publicly daily and am not afraid to assert myself when needed. I promise to demonstrate the same concern and expertise when fulfilling a position at your company.

I never hesitate to rearrange my schedule to work beyond my allotted schedule. I do what I can to work collaboratively with my coworkers to explore creative outlets and ways to attract viewers and customers. This skill can easily translate into marketing opportunities when seeking new clients. I know that I can bring knowledge and a great attitude to your company. I hope to hear from you soon.

Work Experience

Multimedia Journalist
Sep 2016 - Sep 2018 WIFR

This is my current position. My duties are:

• Gathering and presenting story ideas in daily newsroom meetings

• Shooting and editing video for the on-air broadcast

• Presenting stories on-air

• Anchoring Sunday night newscast

• Posting stories online

Education

Bachelor's in Radio, TV, and Digital Media
Aug 2014 - May 2016 Southern Illinois University Carbondale