I started working for Alabama Public Radio as a student assistant while attending The University of Alabama in 2000. Being given the wonderful opportunity to learn what makes a radio station tick, as well as learning the ins and outs of fundraising from our tireless development team was such an interesting way to make a living while earning my B.A.
A short while later I migrated up the hallway to begin working for The Center for Public Television & Radio. My student position grew into a part-time accounting assistant position where I was fortunate to work alongside a very creative group of producers, videographers, and editors, giving me insight into the world of documentary, television, and media production.
Keeping the whole motley crew financially afloat is the work of some very talented, smart and witty women, and I was lucky enough to finally land a position among them as Program Assistant for CPT&R.
Now the job of a Program Assistant is a hard one to define. This is not a job for the faint-hearted! In short, program assistants do whatever is required to help get the job done. I do multiple projects across three departments. My work crosses into areas such as database management, accounting & auditing, writing & editing, website development, and online publishing. Occasionally I have even been called on to be an emergency photographer. (The proof of which are the bad photos you might see from time to time in our newsletter or online...note I DID say they were emergency shots!)
The very best part of the job is the variety. APR and CPT&R have always been gracious about letting me grow in the job and take on new projects. I get to work on something analytical one day and the next exercise my creativity...all while working on the beautiful U.A. campus.