Beth Malicki, anchor of the 4pm, 5pm and 10pm KCRG newscast, gave insight about her career choice and how she became the successful anchor she is today.
Malicki says that in college, she was in competitive speaking. She used to travel throughout the state with her team, speaking competitively, which really helped her for her career today, where she talks for a living.
Malicki graduated from the University of Columbia in 1966 and got her first full-time job as an anchor for KOMU, the college broadcast. Working there for six years, she also taught broadcast to college students. Malicki moved to KCRG and has been there for 13 years now, delivering news to our local Cedar Rapids citizens.
She responds that her hours are usually 2-11 Monday-Friday and her roles differ between attending meetings, sorting through stories, getting physically ready for the broadcast, completing promos and reading through/rewriting scripts.
When posed the question of what is your favorite part of your job, she responded by saying, “It’s never the same, every day there is different things going on in the world. I really enjoy taking those complicated ideas and synthesizing them into something that you communicate to people about how that affects your life and why that matters.”
Malicki talks about how current events knowledge is essential for a broadcaster. She touched on the importance of staying tuned to what is happening in our world and having some knowledge on all topics.
She gives the example of the currently erupting volcano in Hawaii. Saying that she previously didn’t know much about it, but now possesses much knowledge on them.
One thing news broadcasters have to think a lot about is their addition to “fake news.” Malicki spoke about the role of a journalist when thinking about fake news. She said “There are journalists who won’t cover a news story unless they cover a certain angle of it. That’s not what we’re here for. We’re really here to just talk about the truth and there cannot be an agenda behind the news. If there’s an agenda, then you’re conflicted and you can’t do the story.”
This quote gives insight into her personal view on fake news and how she is against the idea of using opinion or bias in the world of journalism.
When focusing on the topic of high school students, Malicki gives some advice saying that if you want to go into the field, you should stay up on current events, read a lot and take the classes that you enjoy.
Malicki’s insight and messages to teens can help shape the young journalists in our society and learn to be the next generation of leaders in the world of news.