CU Grad Newest to Anchor WVVA News
Athens, W.Va. – Norm Miller, who graduated from Concord in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in electronic media, has been hired as the 5 p.m. news anchor for local NBC affiliate, WVVA.
The communications department at Concord is very impressed with Miller’s outstanding job placement. The Videographer and Manager of Instructional Video, Mr. William Bailey, said that broadcast employees who aspire to be anchors typically work up to such a position by beginning the career as a reporter or producer. He said that it is rare for someone to attain an anchor position directly out of college.
While in college, Miller was heavily involved in Concord’s own campus television station, WMLT (Mountain Lion Television). This station made its debut on statewide public television in February 2006, with 15-minute news broadcasts every other Sunday on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Bailey teaches a broadcasting workshop for the station, a class in which Miller participated. Bailey had nothing but positive remarks about Miller as a student. “He was one of those students who did everything. Norm would always show up for the workshop early and would be the last to leave. He was very inquisitive and was always asking technical questions regarding video production. He was very motivated and could step into any position in the WMLT workshop,” Bailey remarked. Miller reported on events both on and off campus; he also anchored and directed several newscasts while at Concord.
Miller credits his education and a few specific professors with his career success. “Concord University and specifically WMLT news are the two biggest reasons for my current anchor placement,” he said. “[Assistant Professor of Communication Arts] Dr. [James] Parker’s classroom instruction and long discussions on news ethics and media criticism I now find have daily application. WMLT news has also had a big impact – mainly because of Mr. Barnes and Mr. Bailey. The Director for the Center for Academic Technologies and Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Development, Mr. Tim Barnes, has transformed the technology facilities at Concord into one of the nicest in the state, at both the collegiate and professional level. William Bailey’s hands-on approach to education has probably been the defining reason for my recent job placement.”
Bailey said he thinks that Miller’s new position is a milestone for the broadcasting department at Concord. The videographer has taught the broadcasting workshop for four years. “I think we’ve come a long way. Our WMLT newscast is very professional and it is totally student produced,” Bailey said. “The technology we use in the studio is better than the technology found in some network affiliate studios. Concord has the tools available for serious students to jump-start their career in broadcast television. The students at Concord really have a great opportunity, and we are starting to see great things happen for them.”
Miller agrees about the high quality of Concord’s communication department. He called it “one of the best in our state, if not our entire region.” He said, “Students are always allowed to experiment and try new and creative things; to get outside of the textbook and taste real world experience.” A native of Maine, Miller said he hopes to continue to report and anchor news in West Virginia for years to come while establishing a relationship with viewers. “Many times our media sources are accused of biased reporting,” he said. “I would like to be known as a straightforward, honest reporter who gets important unbiased stories to the people in our area.”
Those interested in watching Concord’s WMLT newscast may tune into West Virginia Public Broadcasting at 1 p.m. on the following Sundays: February 25; March 11 and 25; and April 15 and 29.
PHOTO: Concord University’s Videographer and Manager of Instructional Video, William Bailey, works with Norm Miller from Westbrook, Maine, while still a student. Tim Gibson from Poca is also pictured.
Corrie McKee a junior majoring in English and journalism wrote this news release. Her hometown is Nitro.