(August 7, 2018) Two things Carly Nevis was looking for in her next job were the opportunity to cover a college or professional team and to report on high school football. She’s found both. An STAA member, Nevis is joining 5News WDTV in Bridgeport, WV as a sports anchor/reporter.
“WDTV does a Friday night football show called The 5th Quarter where we cover the 27 high schools in our area,” says Nevis. “Where I grew up in Queens, NY, football at the high school level was non-existent, so the chance to work in an area where football and high school athletics are such a big part of the community is awesome.”
Equally awesome for Nevis is the chance to cover the West Virginia Mountaineers. “When I was looking for jobs, one thing I was really looking for was the ability to cover a college or professional team in the area, and WVU gives me that opportunity.”
Nevis learned of the WDTV opening in an STAA job leads email. “I applied, followed up with the sports director (a process that I had done so many times) and I finally got that call back I was looking for,” she smiles.
Nevis graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. from Syracuse in 2016. Since then, she’s been a sports MMJ for Columbia University athletics and News 12 Long Island. She credits persistence with helping her land at WDTV.
“Like many of my colleagues in the industry, I applied to tons of jobs and my response rate was not high,” Nevis recalls. “I stayed true to myself and knew that something would eventually come along if I never gave up and remained confident that this is what I wanted to do.
“When I interviewed for this job, I wanted WDTV to know exactly who they were getting. I have a big personality, I love sports, and I work hard. I was very transparent about my past job experiences and what I thought I would bring to the table.”
The Syracuse alumni network also played a big role for Nevis. “I know that I have a lot of people rooting for me and willing to give me feedback on my reel, help me send emails, or just give me encouragement when I need it. The Newhouse network was crucial for me in getting this job.”
Nevis has been an STAA member since 2016.
“It is hard to find a job in this industry,” she says. “STAA helps by simply getting the jobs to me right when they are posted. Jon [Chelesnik] is great about giving advice on the best ways to use the site. As I mentioned, I found this job on the job leads email so without STAA, I wouldn’t have known about it in the first place.”
(Visit Carly’s STAA Talent Page).