Hello! My name is Eric Ristow and I am currently employed with WEWS-TV as an associate producer with Good Morning Cleveland.
I work on the morning show and help with writing and editing. I also am responsible for boothing daily cut-ins from Good Morning America. I look forward to learning a lot more and expanding on my knowledge from what I learned while in college.
As an undergraduate student, I was hired as a fill-in sports producer at WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio for one month, during a transitional period. I was paid to produce multiple sports blocks for the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts and one 30-minute sports show called Sports Sunday. I also held a part-time job as a multimedia sports producer for WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. There, I was in charge of posting content for their web site, as well as shooting video at area high school football games. I also interned at WEWS and WUSA9, the CBS affiliate in Washington D.C. At these stations, I gained "hands-on" experience that can be seen in my news and sports portfolios.
At Kent State University, I held various positions in student media, giving me the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience. Most recently, I was a producer for the campus television station. There I was in charge of setting the rundown, line producing, organizing video, graphics and stories for the 5:30 p.m. newscast on Tuesdays and the weekly 30-minute sports show called Sports Corner. I also produced a 60-minute special pre-election show.
In addition to television media, I also worked extensively in radio while at Kent State University. I was the sports director for Black Squirrel Radio, our student-run Internet radio station. There, I oversaw all sports reporting at Black Squirrel Radio. I attended press conferences and shot video of Kent State athletics. I was also the play-by-play announcer for men’s football and basketball.
Why am I passionate about broadcast journalism? Because it's an exciting time! This field continues to change almost daily, thanks to social networking and the Internet. I believe if it isn't already, the web will eventually become the "first" outlet in the newsroom. I find myself looking for exciting ways to produce content, and using all of my resources to create compelling stories. Although I am passionate about all aspects of broadcast journalism, producing is my calling.
I have a great interest in making shows more visual for viewers. Although TV is a listening platform and a lot of people listen to the news while doing other tasks, I believe the visual elements are an important key. I am always willing to learn more and find different ways to really dress up a show.
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