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USD Journalism Student Already Building His Career

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A junior studying media and journalism at the University of South Dakota isn’t waiting until graduation to dig into his career.

Michael Geheren, from Huntley, Illinois, started to make connections at KELO-TV two summers ago and began in August as a production assistant at the CBS affiliate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. By December, he was producing shows and working up to 35 hours a week. He was recently promoted to production specialist, so besides the weekend shows, he puts together the midday programs on Fridays and Mondays. Of many responsibilities, his favorite includes picking what goes into the shows and finding the best ways to tell a story to the audience that includes all of South Dakota and parts of surrounding states.

Geheren notes that this opportunity is a testament to USD's Department of Media & Journalism because it encourages students to get involved right away.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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