Northwestern mass comm grad promoted to Joplin TV news anchor

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Northwestern mass comm grad promoted to Joplin TV news anchor

February 26, 2010

Allison Woods sitting at the anchor desk at KODE-TV, Joplin, Mo.Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduate Allison Woods continues to make a name for herself in the television news business. Woods accepted the position as weekend anchor at KODE-TV, the ABC television affiliate in Joplin, Mo., in December 2009.

“While at Northwestern, she always did outstanding work,” Jesse Schroeder, instructor of mass communications and campus television adviser, said. “I knew she would be highly successful in the television news industry.”

Upon graduating from Northwestern in 2007, the Pratt, Kan., native was immediately hired at FOX24 news in Fort Smith, Ark.
In her first few weeks working there, Woods said she was assigned to cover one of the largest murder trials in Arkansas. She also spent a year investigating the local humane society, which was a highly controversial, multi-part animal abuse story. Her breaking story brought the issue to the community’s attention and, as a result, a new program that closely monitored the safety of animals was established.

In July of 2009 she was promoted to the NBC affiliate in Fayetteville, KNWA. Soon after, the company that owns KNWA asked her to move to KODE, a sister station in Joplin.

Within the first month, Woods filled in for the main anchor solo. And, after only two months of working there, Woods was moved to the desk.

“It’s a big step to take,” Woods said. “To go from reporter to anchor takes a different set of skills. I’m very thrilled to test my skills on the desk and learn a different part of covering the news.”

Schroeder, who worked at television stations KSWO in Lawton and KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City, knows the skills needed to become an anchor.

“It takes time to become an anchor,” Schroeder said. “You have to get your feet wet as a reporter out in the field before stations trust you to anchor a newscast. Allison has definitely proven herself.”

Woods credits a lot of what she knows today to earning her degree in mass communications at Northwestern and working as an anchor at NWTV7.

“Mr. Schroeder has been a great support; without his efforts and his push, I truly wouldn't have made it as far as I have today,” Woods said.

Woods also has some professional advice for those interested in the TV news business.

“Nothing prepares you more for a career in television than being out in the field and learning it,” she said. “I learn new things every day. Something I would definitely recommend if you are interested in television is to go to a TV station and shadow someone. If you’re interested in becoming a reporter, learn that, but also know the ins and outs of a newscast. Like, how to operate a camera, how to edit, how to produce a show. You never know when those skills will come in handy. The more you know, the more valuable you are.”