Book by FHSU professor explains how to succeed in tough world of TV journalism

Outskirts Press, Denver, Colo., has announced publication of a new book on the "good, the bad and the ugly" of television news reporting by Mel Hanks, assistant professor of media studies at Fort Hays State University.

"Getting It First and Getting It Right: A TV Reporter's Guide to Surviving in the Trenches" serves as a how-to book for those who want to work in the television news business, but it is also a memoir and expose. Hanks joined the FHSU faculty in the fall of 2005 with more than 35 years experience in television, radio and newspaper newsrooms in Florida, Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona. His awards include the Emmy, the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association, both the Silver and Bronze Medallions from the International Film and Television Festival of New York, 1993 Arkansas Journalist of the Year, and numerous AP and UPI awards

“Having hired students fresh out of college as a news director and news manager -- and dealing with university students who want to develop a career in this field -- I think a book of this type is sorely needed, not only in university classrooms, but in various newsrooms around the country, too," Hanks said. "So many college students are overwhelmed when they face that first television reporting job with deadlines every minute and newsroom managers with conflicting styles."

"Getting It First and Getting It Right: A TV Reporter’s Guide to Surviving in the Trenches" is available now online at and soon at the Barnes and Noble Web site.

For more information, contact Hanks at (785) 650-0227.

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