A familiar face from the Lorain County Community College campus is now reporting in the mornings on News channel 3, WKYC. Tiffany Tarpley spent two years at LCCC before transferring to BGSU for broadcast journalism.
“I didn’t realize I wanted to be in news until I came to LCCC,” Tarpley said. Before deciding on a path towards journalism Tarpley had considered pediatrics and also being a teacher. It was during an oral communications course here at LCCC that her true path became more obvious. She did well in the class and the instructor had asked her if she had ever considered the telecommunications and television production offerings at LCCC.
“It grew from there, I learned many things taking those classes: how to put commercials together and how to do newscasts,” Tarpley said.
Before Duck Radio came to LCCC’s campus, there was WLCC. The campus radio station was broadcast exclusively in the cafeteria. Tarpley and a friend had a weekly radio show they put together for the students. Campus involvement can certainly lead students in the right direction and give them first hand experience.
After her experiences here at LCCC, Tarpley enrolled at BGSU, honing her skill set further. She took part in BG 24 News five days a week giving newscasts to the campus community.
During her time at BGSU the Sept. 11 attacks happened in New York. She recalls taking part in a special newscast to update the students on what was happening. “It made me realize how important it is to be a journalist,” said Tarpley.
As a recent graduate from BGSU, she took a job at a CBS news station in Toledo. She began her career editing noontime newscasts. Knowing the importance of setting herself apart from the others, she would stick around after her shift and ask her supervisors if they needed help writing or asking about equipment in the studio. “You’re always learning, and you should always go above and beyond.”
Tarpley’s tenacity paid off; the supervisors would let her report occasionally on the news. She had always wanted to be on air, but her job editing taught her all the different facets of the newsroom.
Tarpley’s business card names her as a Multimedia Journalist, meaning she can shoot, edit, write and present her stories. The skills she carries with her now came from her schooling and her first job.
After working within Ohio in different places, she took an opportunity to move to Milwaukee, WI. She was able to have more live experience and focus on being a better reporter and understanding that side of newscasting.
Cleveland has always been Tarpley’s target for news casting. “My goal here is to continue to grow and get better. I’m working with some talented journalists who have a lot of knowledge and I’d love to be able to learn from them,” she said.
For future journalists, “Diversify your skillsets” is the biggest thing aspiring journalists can do to succeed in the news industry, according to Tarpley. A diverse set of skills along with a deep-rooted passion for news will help those interested in a journalistic career.
For students on other paths, Tarpley’s advice is to stay focused. “Maybe your first choice isn’t your ultimate choice, but reach out and talk to people in what you’re interested in”, she said. It’s also important to not let people change your heart. Trying to keep the same enthusiasm and remaining positive will reap great rewards.
Outside of the newsroom, Tarpley is looking forward to getting involved in volunteering in the community. “I can’t wait to be able to tutor and give back to the community I grew up in.”