Herbie Smith's Passion for Journalism Began Early
Monday, January 24, 2011
Posted by: staff
Herbie Smith is currently a news reporter at KATC-TV in
Lafayette, LA. Prior to working in at
Louisiana she was a reporter/anchor at WOAY in Beckley, West Virginia. There she had the opportunity to cover some
of the most significant events in the "Mountain State” such as the Upper Big
Branch Mine Explosion, the arrival of President Obama, and the death of the
longest serving senator in U.S. history, Robert C. Byrd.
Herbie began her career as an associate producer at KIAH-TV,
Ch. 39 in Houston, Texas.
This Galveston, TX native is a graduate of Sam Houston State University. While
in college Herbie completed several television internships, reported for the
Sam Houston’s television station and served as president of the university's
chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Herbie is also an alumna of the Poynter Institute's Fellowship for Young
What inspired you to work in
journalism/ media related profoession?
(Roy Hill) played a major role in my career path. My passion for the media industry began in my
childhood. My grandfather was partially
blind and I remember reading the newspaper to him daily when I was a kid. At the time I thought I was doing him a favor
by reading news and current events to him, but now as an adult I’ve realized
that he did me a favor by introducing me to my destiny early.
How has NABJ benefitted you
has helped me from day one. Through NABJ
I was able to get my first internship which led to my first job which then has
aided me to get my first and second on air job.
Since I became a member of NABJ I have gained so many wonderful mentors
who have taught me what this business is all about while teaching me skills
that have enhanced me a reporter and professional.
What advice do you have for
aspiring young journalists/ media related professionals? Perseverance pays off! I
would like for every aspiring journalist to know that sometimes you will fail,
but it’s not the end of the world! Never give up on your dreams and
aspirations. And above all seek people
who will be in your corner (mentors, friends and supportive family members).
What are your thoughts on
the future of journalism?
believe the future of journalism is changing rapidly as for the way people get
their news and the way journalists gather news.
As people are depending on online sources more to get news, journalist
are also depending on online sources more to share information to their
audience. Everything mobile and online is our future.
The one tool you can't live without as a journalist/ media related
I can’t live without my
smart-phone. As a reporter who’s pressed
against deadlines daily, a smart phone make a world of difference. I take notes
with my phone, send a picture message of breaking news and so much more!
Please tell us who in journalism/your profession you admire and
I admire Soledad
O’Brien. She’s an amazing journalist! I have
so much respect for the way she tells stories. It’s very simple but compelling
at the same time. The average person can
grasp the "big picture” of stories done by Obrien while relating in some way to
the people in her story (from her "Black in America pieces to around the world