COM Success Stories: Where Are They Now?


Shane Tidrick

BA 2016

What's the job?  Producer at ESPN

What are you most excited about doing?

Working on SportsCenter and helping ESPN turn the corner into the digital age.

What COM courses got you prepared to do this? 

The entry level Final Cut class as well as Dianne Fukami’s newsroom class (COM 200 + 210). The editing class taught me the basics I needed to know to be able to translate editing skills to any software (ESPN uses Quantel). The newsroom class was a pretty close representation of what life is like at most studios, so I was able to walk into the ESPN interview with the knowledge of how things work and what they expect out of each person in particular roles.


Persistence is key. Ignore the nay-sayers, external and internal, and weather the storm.